For people who have invested a great deal of money in video games, it is comforting to know that some games can be played on different gaming consoles. This means if you upgrade your game console, you will not have to invest in new games and you will not need to keep both of your consoles in operation. This is the case for some older models of the Sony PlayStation 3 (PS3). (NOTE: If you buy a PS3 today, it will not be capable of playing PS2 games. Only older models are able to accomplish this.) This made the transition from PS2 to PS3 smoother, since investing in a new console did not mean buying an entirely new gaming library. If you have an older PS3 or you would like to search for a used older model, you will be able to save a great deal of money, time, and space playing PS2 games on a PS3.
How to Play PS2 Games on a PS3
First, determine if your PS3 is capable of playing PS2 games. PS3s that can play PS2 games have four USB ports. If your model only has two USB ports, it is not one of the PS2 capable models.
Next, put your PS2 game disc in the disc drive of the PS3. Allow the disc to load and initiate, just as you would a PS3 game. Once loaded, you are able to play the game as you would any other PS3 game on the system.
That’s it! There are no special instructions and you do not need to load or manipulate the disc in any way out of the norm. You simply treat the PS2 game as if it were a PS3 game. The only difference is your need a PS3 console capable of reading a PS2 disc.
Benefits of Playing PS2 Games on a PS3
You save money when you are able to play your old games on your new machine. You do not have to re-buy games when you upgrade your game console, but you still get access to all of the new games that are made for the PS3.
You save time because you do not have to shop for new games and because you do not have to switch between the PS2 and PS3 when playing. If you still have your old console, you can leave it packed away and just play all of your games on the PS3.
You save space in your gaming area because you only need one console. Some people already have several devices in their gaming area, so minimizing what you need to store when possible helps keep the area organized. If you are able to utilize one Playstation console for multiple games, you will save space.