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[PS3™ system] Updated 05/06/2013

Only a limited number of PS3 systems have the ability to play disc based PlayStation and PlayStation 2 software titles (backwards compatible). However, all PS3 systems have the ability to play downloadable PS one and PlayStation 2 Classics available from the PlayStation Store.


The compatibility of disc based PlayStation and PlayStation 2 format software titles for use on the PlayStation 3 varies by model as follows:

PlayStation 3 models

Original Hard Drive Capacity

Model Number

USB Ports

PlayStation 2 Software Compatible

Release Date

In Production

500GB

CECH-4001C

2

No

October 2012

Yes

250GB

CECH-4001B

2

No

September 2012

Yes

320GB

CECH-3001B

2

No

August 2011

No

160GB

CECH-3001A

2

No

August 2011

No

320GB

CECH-2501B

2

No

September 2010

No

160GB

CECH-2501A

2

No

August 2010

No

250GB

CECH-2101B

2

No

May 2010

No

120GB

CECH-2101A

2

No

May 2010

No

250GB

CECH-2001B

2

No

November 2009

No

120GB

CECH-2001A

2

No

September 2009

No

160GB

CECHP01

2

No

November 2008

No

80GB

CECHL01

2

No

October 2008

No

80GB

CECHK01

2

No

August 2008

No

80GB

CECHE01

4

Yes

August 2007

No

60GB

CECHA01

4

Yes

November 2006

No

40GB

CECHH01

2

No

March 2008

No

40GB

CECHG01

2

No

November 2007

No

20GB

CECHB01

4

Yes

November 2006

No


Backward compatibility is dependent on the model number of the PlayStation 3. Click here to find the PlayStation 3 model number.

Location of Backward Compatibility notice on box

On the back of the box under the features, it will state whether the PlayStation 3 is backward compatible.
Compatibility Notice


Compatibility Notice


Checking Game Compatibility

Only PS3 models CECHA01, CECHB01, and CECHE01, will be able to play some PlayStation® and PlayStation®2 format software titles, but full compatibility is not guaranteed.

Click here to determine whether a specific title is backward compatible.

Notes:

  • Click here to learn about using PlayStation and PlayStation 2 peripherals and controllers on the PlayStation 3.
  • To save game progress for PlayStation or PlayStation 2 format software titles on the PlayStation 3, Internal Memory Cards must first be created.
  • If a PlayStation 3 is not backward compatible, you will not be able to add this function through any hardware (i.e., changing the hard disk drive) or software (i.e., updates, homebrew) upgrades or modifications.