Sony has confirmed its PS3 is unable to play games from older PlayStations, refuting its earlier claim that the console was fully backwards compatible.
The PlayStation 3 went on sale recently in Japan. According to games magazine publisher Enterbrain, over 84,000 units were shifted in the first two days of the console’s launch.
Sony admitted that, with some titles, the audio features do not work, while others have problems with graphics. Titles affected include Final Fantasy and Gran Turismo. Sony has offered to fix the glitches via online console upgrades.
The PS3 is the centerpiece of Sony’s strategy to claw back market share from Microsoft’s Xbox 360. The PS3 was originally meant to hit the shops in early 2006, but problems with production and shortages of parts delayed the launch. Europe’s PS3 launch has also been pushed back to March 2007.