B.C.

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Sony Europe no longer maintain a backwards compatibility list (from August 2008). While the European PS3 doesn’t work in quite the same way as the US PS3, their BC database is still online.

Introduction

As an owner of both Xbox and PlayStation 2 consoles and many games for each, the pre-release news that both Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 would be backwards compatible was good news indeed.

Note that an Xbox 360 without an hard drive and 40GB, some later 80GB and all Slim PS3’s are not backwards compatible with Xbox or PlayStation 2 titles respectively.

As a rule of thumb, the Xbox version of a game will usually look better on 360 than the PlayStation 2 version on PS3 and will always sound better.

Key

  • new The game is new to this list because I have purchased or borrowed it or it has been added to the Xbox 360 BC list.
  • updated The game was already on my list but its status has changed.

Where available, the game titles link to my review and report widescreen support. Note that I have only played some of these games to completion and so problems may occur later on which I am not aware of.

My consoles are connected to an Onkyo SR674 via HDMI which is connected to a Epson projector via HDMI. The 360 is run in 720p and the PS3 in 720p. If possible, I run games in 60hz and widescreen or progressive scan (PS).

Backwards Compatibility Lists

Xbox 360 logo

Xbox 360 Elite 120Gb PAL, 75 games:

  • 26 no known issues
  • 14 minor issues
  • 10 noticeable issues
  • 25 not compatible

No known issues

Title Widescreen Tested
Alias   2.0.5766.0
Black widescreen 2.0.5766.0
BLiNX 2: Matters of Time & Space   Sep 2008
Breakdown   Nov 2007
Burnout 2: Point of Impact widescreen Dec 2007
Burnout 3: Takedown widescreen 2.0.5766.0
Brute Force   2.0.5766.0
Call of Duty: Finest Hour widescreen 2.0.5766.0
Call of Duty: The Big Red One
Audio, bass aside, is very quiet.
widescreen 2.0.5766.0
Constantine   Dec 2007
Hulk   July 2008
James Cameron’s Dark Angel   2.0.5766.0
Mechassault 2: LoneWolf   2.0.5766.0
Mercenaries: Playground of Destruction
Other sources indicate the game becomes unplayable later on but I haven’t got that far myself.
widescreen 2.0.5766.0
Panzer Dragoon Orta widescreen 2.0.5766.0
Quantum Redshift widescreen Sep 2008
Richard Burns Rally
There is a spectacularly ugly font used throughout but, astonishingly, that was clearly deliberate.
  July 2008
Sega GT 2002 widescreen 2.0.5766.0
Sega GT Online widescreen 2.0.5766.0
Speed Kings widescreen 2.0.5766.0
Spider-Man 2   2.0.5766.0
Star Wars Episode III: The Revenge of the Sith   2.0.5766.0
Star Wars Jedi Starfighter   July 2008
Test Drive Overdrive: The Brotherhood of Speed
Minor frame rate problems are present on original Xbox as is poor sound quality. Initial race loading took forever.
widescreen Nov 2007
The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction widescreen July 2008
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King   Sep 2008

Plays on Xbox 360 with some minor issues

Title Widescreen Tested
BLiNX: The Time Sweeper
Ironically, seems to run a little slowly.
  Sep 2008
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Game plays fine but audio is extremely quiet and balanced incorrectly in surround sound. For example, all voices come out of the centre and rear-left speakers!
  2.0.5766.0
Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge
Minor frame rate problems not present on original Xbox.
widescreen 2.0.5766.0
Forza Motorsport
Minor frame rate problems worse than original Xbox which can be significantly reduced by turning the rear-view mirror off.
widescreen 2.0.5766.0
Goldeneye: Rogue Agent
Menu screens are shown and pre-rendered movies play at incorrect aspect ratio on HD displays. Neither issues affect gameplay.
widescreen Nov 2007
Halo
Minor frame rate problems not present on original Xbox.
  2.0.5766.0
Jet Set Radio Future
Some mild flickering and corrupt graphics on map and when using boost.
  2.0.5766.0
Project Gotham Racing
Minor frame rate problems not present on original Xbox which can be significantly reduced by turning the rear-view mirror off.
  2.0.5766.0
Medal of Honor: European Assault
Movies stutter distractingly as levels are loaded in background. Sometimes, most music is distorted which is particularly noticeable on the title screen. Oddly, quitting a game from the pause menu seems to fix this. It’s also pig-ugly unlike most Xbox games which look really nice on the 360.
widescreen July 2008
Racing Evoluzione
aka Apex
Game plays fine and looks fantastic (despite lack of widescreen) but there are some audio drop-outs on certain track / car combinations. While only mildly distracting during the race itself, it can be almost unbearable during replays. Again, please note, this only happens on certain track / car combinations and doesn’t affect gameplay.
  Nov 2007
Rogue Ops
Game plays fine but videos play with occasional jerky sound and video (disc looks clean).
  2.0.5766.0
SSX 3
Game plays fine but videos are extremely jerky.
  2.0.5766.0
The Lord of the Rings: The Third Age
Coming across treasures chests makes the whole screen flash white.
  Sep 2008
Van Helsing
Some audio stuttering in opening movie. Flickering black bar on main menu but it doesn’t obscure anything important. Game plays fine and looks really nice.
  Dec 2007

Plays on Xbox 360 with some noticeable issues

Title Widescreen Tested
Blood Omen 2: The Legacy of Kain Series
Game does not run in widescreen as it should.
  Sep 2008
Burnout
Intermittent or no player sound and other audio distortions. Gameplay and graphics are unaffected and remains fun.
widescreen Mar 2008
Darkwatch
Minor stuttering in movies not present on original Xbox. Bizarrely, this doesn’t play in widescreen on the 360 despite doing so on original Xbox. That said, even though I’ve placed this in noticeable issues, the game plays fine and looks superb.
widescreen 2.0.5766.0
Indiana Jones and The Emperor’s Tomb
Badly corrupted music in main menu, mildly corrupted music during game. Occasional but noticeable frame rate drops during The Streets of Hong Kong levels.
  July 2008
Justice League: Heroes
Intermittent sound on attract screen. Frame rate occasionally slows down a lot but it’s fine in-between and game remains playable.
widescreen May 2008
Oddworld: Munch’s Oddysee
Almost none of the sound effects work in game including all voices of yourself (Abe or Munch) and all character’s you interact with. As there are no subtitles in the game either, this renders the game not worth playing because it is impossible-to-determine your objectives. The overall sound level is also extremely low.
  2.0.5766.0
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
Game does not run in widescreen as it should.
  Sep 2008
Project Gotham Racing 2
Noticeable frame rate problems at specific areas of tracks, minor frame rate problems helped slightly by turning off rear view mirror, some sound drop-out, opening movie plays slightly jerkily and demonstration replays don’t work correctly after a couple of corners.
widescreen 2.0.5766.0
Terminator: Dawn of Date
Game doesn’t run in widescreen as it should and has the image squished into a 4:3 area in the middle of the display. Opening movie has occasional sound glitches. Frame-rate occasionally stutters. Heat-haze effects are incorrectly rendered on top of everything else including the HUD. I also wonder what the ugliest lead character in video-game history is; I vote for Kyle Reese.
  August 2008
True Crime: Streets of LA
Low frame rate while outdoors (ie, virtually the entire game) make the game verge on unplayable.
widescreen 2.0.5766.0

Not Compatible with Xbox 360

Title Widescreen Tested
Area 51 unknown 2.0.5766.0
Carve unknown 2.0.5766.0
Crash unknown 2.0.5766.0
Crash and Burn unknown 2.0.5766.0
Furious Karting unknown 2.0.5766.0
Galleon unknown 2.0.5766.0
Group S Challenge unknown 2.0.5766.0
Headhunter Redemption unknown 2.0.5766.0
Hunter: The Reckoning PAL unknown Dec 2007
Italian Job: LA Heist unknown 2.0.5766.0
James Bond 007: Everything or Nothing unknown 2.0.5766.0
LA Rush unknown 2.0.5766.0
The Matrix: Path of Neo widescreen July 2008
Midnight Club 3 unknown 2.0.5766.0
Midtown Madness 3 unknown 2.0.5766.0
Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath   2.0.5766.0
Paris Dakar Rally 2 unknown 2.0.5766.0
Project Zero unknown 2.0.5766.0
Rallisport Challenge 2 unknown 2.0.5766.0
Rally Fusion: Race of Champions unknown 2.0.5766.0
R:Racing unknown 2.0.5766.0
Terminator 3: The Redemption unknown 2.0.5766.0
Tour De France unknown 2.0.5766.0
Wreckless   2.0.5766.0
XGRA unknown 2.0.5766.0

PlayStation 3 logo

PlayStation 3 (PS3) 60Gb PAL, 116 games:

  • 87 no known issues
  • 19 minor issues
  • 9 noticeable issues
  • 5 not compatible

Note: this is a list of games tested by me and is not entirely in tune with the official list which tends to be more cautious and somewhat behind the latest software version.

No known issues

Title Product Code Widescreen System
24: The Game SCES 53358 widescreen
Progressive Scan
1.9
Ace Combat: Distant Thunder
aka Ace Combat 4: Shattered Skies
SCES 50410 widescreen 2.10
Ace Combat: Squadron Leader
aka Ace Combat 5: The Unsung War
SCES 52424 widescreen 2.41
Air Ranger Rescue SLES 50953   1.82
Alter Echo SLES 51670   1.93
Battlefield 2: Modern Combat SLES 53729   1.9
Brave: The Search for Spirit Dancer SCES 51635 widescreen 2.42
Burnout Dominator
Widescreen setting is taken from PS2 configuration.
SLES 54681 widescreen 2.60
Burnout 3: Takedown   widescreen 1.82
Chaos Legion SLES 51553   2.52
Conflict: Desert Storm II SLES 51523 widescreen 2.42
Crimson Tears SLES 52534   1.93
Devil May Cry SLES 50358   1.82
Devil May Cry 2 Special Edition SLES 82011
SLES 82012
  2.41
Devil May Cry 3 Special Edition SLES 54186   2.41
Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII SLES 54185   2.41
Disney’s Donald Duck PK SLES 50773   2.42
Downforce SLES 50842   1.9
Dropship: United Peace Force SCES 50459   1.82
Enthusia: Professional Racing SLES 53125    
Extermination SCES 50240   1.93
Ferrari F355 Challenge SCES 50956 widescreen 1.9
Final Fantasy X SCES 50490   1.9
Ford vs Chevy SLES 53698 widescreen 2.42
From Russia With Love SLES 53553   3.15
Ghosthunter SCES 51463 widescreen
Progressive Scan
1.9
Global Touring Challenge: GTC Africa SLES 50472   1.9
God of War (now available in HD) SCES 53133 widescreen 1.93
God of War II (now available in HD) SCES 54206 widescreen 1.93
GunGrave: Over Dose SLES 52941   2.42
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets SLES 51192   2.52
Haven: Call of the King SLES 51209   2.42
Herdy Gerdy
Ugly PAL version but looks the same on PS3 as on PS2.
SLES 50751   2.0
Ico SCES 50760   2.10
Jak and Daxter: The Precursor Legacy
Cut-scenes and gameplay runs smoothly in 60Hz, gameplay looks significantly better but runs slightly less smoothly in 50Hz.
SCES 50361 widescreen 2.10
James Bond in… Agent Under Fire SLES 50539   2.42
Kaido Racer SLES 53191   1.9
Kaido Racer 2 SLES 53900   1.93
Kingdom Hearts SCES 50967   2.42
Kingdom Hearts II SLES 54114   1.82
Lotus Challenge SLES 50230 widescreen 1.82
Maximo SLES 50703   1.93
Medal of Honor: Frontline SLES 50684   2.01
Medal of Honor: Rising Sun SLES 51873   2.01
new Medal of Honor: Vanguard SLES 54683   3.40
Midnight Club 3: Dub Edition Remix SLES 53717   1.82
Noble Racing SLES 53958 widescreen  
Okami SLES 54439   2.42
Oni SLES 50134    
Primal SCES 51135 widescreen
Progressive Scan
1.9
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time SLES 51918   1.9
Pro Rally 2002     1.9
R-Type Final SLES 51952   1.82
Rally Championship     1.82
Reign of Fire SLES 50873   1.93
Resident Evil 4 SLES 53702 widescreen 1.9
Ridge Racer V     1.82
Riding Spirits 2   widescreen  
Road Trip Adventure SLES 51356   1.82
Robot Wars: Arenas of Destruction SLES 50572 widescreen 2.42
Rogue Galaxy SCES 54552   2.41
Runabout 3 Neo Age SLES 51223   1.9
SBK-07: Superbike World Championship SLES 54705   2.41
Shadow of the Colossus SCES 53326 widescreen
Progressive Scan
2.36
Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 SLES 55018   2.42
Shox     1.9
Silpheed: The Lost Planet SLES 50193   1.93
Sled Storm SLES 50683 widescreen 2.42
Sly Raccoon (soon available in HD) SCES 50917   2.52
Sly 2: Band of Thieves (soon available in HD) SCES 52529   2.41
Sly 3: Honour Among Thieves™ (soon available in HD) SCES 53409   2.41
Sphinx and the Cursed Mummy SLES 51831 widescreen 2.42
Super Trucks     1.82
Syphon Filter: Dark Mirror SCES 54794 widescreen 2.41
The Fast and the Furious SLES 54483 widescreen 3.15
The Hulk SLES 51508   1.92
The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction SLES 53430 widescreen 1.92
The Mark of Kri SCES 51164   2.42
Trapt SLES 53284   1.93
TT Superbikes SLES 51980   2.35
Tokyo Road Race SLES 50954 widescreen  
Tourist Trophy SCES 53372 widescreen 2.35
Underworld: The Eternal War SLES 52109   1.93
Viewtiful Joe SLES 52678   1.93
Viewtiful Joe 2 SLES 52868   2.42
Wipeout Fusion SCES 50005 widescreen 2.01
World Super Police SLES 54080   2.42
WRC: Rally Evolved SCES 53247 widescreen 2.10
XGIII: Extreme-G Racing
aka XG3
SLES 50210   1.82

Should play on PLAYSTATION®3 with some minor issues

Title Product Code Widescreen System
Driven to Destruction
aka Test Drive: Eve of Destruction

Minor frame rate issues.
    1.7
Crimson Sea 2
De-interlacing artefacts make game look kinda blurry but it runs and plays nice and smoothly.
SLES 52556   1.93
Dragon Quest™ – The Journey of the Cursed King™
Minor sound pops when traversing menus and at other times.
SLES 53974 widescreen 2.42
Driving Emotion Type-S
Music is slightly but oddly corrupted, saved replays don’t seem to work properly.
    1.8
Ford Street Racing
Dolby ProLogic II audio option causes crackling in-game
SLES 53639 widescreen 2.42
Gran Turismo 3 A-spec
Minor stutter in opening movie (both end movies fine); very very occasionally game loads and stutters throughout gameplay and graphics flicker up and down (simply reload to fix).
SCES 50294 widescreen 1.93
Gran Turismo 4
Video and audio issues in all movies; no 5.1 in opening movie; demonstration replays seem to only sort-of work; occasionally game loads and stutters throughout gameplay (simply reload to fix); minor graphic corruption in top left corner on Motegi oval and Suzuka East (may also occur on other tracks I haven’t raced on yet).
SCES 51719 widescreen 2.42
GunGrave
Audio stuttering during pre-Start movie (no obvious damage to disc) but not during in-game movies. Slowdown in game but everything remains playable and looks great.
SLES 51236   2.42
Headhunter: Redemption
Very minor frame rate problems in movies and in gameplay but nothing that adversely affects the game and they probably existed on PS2.
SLES 51682   2.42
Jak X
Game takes about a billion years to create a new profile. Once over that hump the game plays and saves fine.
SCES 53286 widescreen
Progressive Scan
2.42
Killzone (7/10)
Audio distortion during pre-rendered sequences.
SCES 52004 widescreen 2.60
Klonoa 2: Lunatea’s Veil
Minor wibbling on some menus (for example, the 50Hz / 60Hz / Test menu) and dialog boxes. Has no effect on gameplay and game looks fantastic.
SCES 50354   2.42
Kya: Dark Lineage
Minor sound distortion in movies.
SLES 51473 widescreen 2.42
Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty
No 5.1 sound.
SLES 50383   2.35
Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater
Occasional minor slowdown, most noticeable during The Fury boss battle.
SLES 82013   2.42
MotoGP 3: Official Game of MotoGP
Flashing graphical corruption on upper half of screen or skybox on some cameras during replay. It doesn’t occur during gameplay.
SCES 50982 widescreen 2.42
Turok: Evolution
Minor frame-rate issues.
SLES 50479   2.42
WRC II Extreme
Small amount of left and right of screen cut off on widescreen displays. Saved replays don’t seem to work properly (like the Gran Turismo games) but immediate post-stage replays do. Game plays fine, runs smooth and looks and sounds great. Game remains super rock hard.
SCES 50934 widescreen 2.42
Xenosaga Episode II
Optical digital output Dolby Digital 5.1 causes audio crackling.
SCES 82034   2.42

Should play on PLAYSTATION®3 with noticeable issues

Title Product Code Widescreen System
Burnout 2: Point of Impact
Cars have some areas, including all tail lights and underneath the car, drawn like white headlights though playability appears to be unaffected and it runs silky smooth.
SLES 51044 widescreen 2.10
CART Fury Championship Racing
All movies squished into top half of display, brilliantly. Game plays fine.
SLES 50267   2.30
Grand Prix Challenge
Now plays at proper speed but massive interlacing artefacts, though diminished by the 1.8 update, make it somewhat less than pristine.
  widescreen 1.8
Gumball 3000
Selecting a car is a somewhat hit or miss affair and causes regular crashes. However, I have managed to get all the way into the playable part of the game on several occasions with different classes of vehicle in both Single Race and Gumball 3000. Once playing, there doesn’t seem to be any issues.
SLES 50984   2.42
Orphen: Scion of Sorcery
Movies are busted with audio and video breakup and then they quickly skip to the end. You see none of them. Speech during in-engine cut-scenes repeats like all the characters have really bad stutters and sometimes skips. Graphics look outstanding and game can be played.
SLES 50062   2.42
Ratchet and Clank
Highly inconsistent frame rate and entire game runs slowly.  Also, running 60Hz mode disables sound.
SCES 50916   2.42
Ratchet and Clank 2
aka Ratchet and Clank: Locked and Loaded
Highly inconsistent frame rate and all gameplay runs slowly.
SCES 51607 widescreen 2.42
new Speed Racer
Sound bug affecting music and speech causes them to repeat. It doesn’t affect gameplay and, as subtitles are included, you don’t miss anything. Otherwise, the game runs and play great.
SLES 55075   3.40
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
No video (audio only) on deliberately (!) unskippable movie clips.
SLES 51252   2.42

Not Compatible with PlayStation 3

Title Product Code Widescreen System
Aeon Flux
Controller stops functioning inside the game after a certain time after a certain point in the first, non-training, level. PS button and menu still work.
SLES 53956 widescreen 2.50
Rally Fusion: Race of Champions
Game menu loads but game crashes when loading a race.
SLES 50997   3.15
Stuntman SLES 51141   1.8
Summoner 2
Overture cut-scene plays then game crashes with first in-engine cut-scene "Entering the Tempest."
SLES 51441   2.50
TD: Overdrive (Test Drive: Overdrive: The Brotherhood of Speed)
Intro movies and Pong loading game now work but game itself never actually loads.
SLES 50778   2.10

12 thoughts on “B.C.

  1. Hi there,

    thx for your work mister slimm.
    Here on our europe ps3 site i am not able to find to official compatibility list so your page helps me a little bit.
    I’m asking you about the game
    Road Trip Adventure (PS2), i want to buy this game here in germany, so you maybe have an idea if the pal version will also work on my ps3 system (yes, i have this one with ps2 compatiliby).
    Thx in advance and sorry for smooth english :)

  2. Hi, I hope they will update the list on the official site – I have bought a 60GB model [impossible mission, I found one hidden in a showcase window and they sold it to me WITH WARRANTY :-) It is so great to have PS2 compatibility when you have about 80 PS2 games at home – This list is good tool for deciding which games to keep and which sell… GREAT WORK WITH YOUR LIST – if I test some of my games and found issues I will post it here and you can add it to your list if you wish. I have some rare pieces…

  3. where do you get the ps3 list from? the uk site still says it is only updated to version 1.80 and some games you list are not on it at all(mgs:snakeeater for example)

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