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PS2 BC Comparison on PlayStation 3 60GB VS 80GB

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Published on Sep 15, 2012

Welcome back to another edition of PlayStation GameZown Mini Reviews, where we take a look into PlayStation 3s Multiplatform, and Exclusive games. This time I shall deviate from the normal videos to bring you my first comparison video! I am comparing the PlayStation 2 Backward Compatibility on both the 60GB Original PlayStation 3, to the later built 80GB PlayStation 3 that used software emulation for the Emotion Engine that was removed. That's right everyone, it's the 60GB PlayStation 3 VS. the 80GB PlayStation 3!

A few things to note about this video below:

This video is NOT made for bragging rights, or to put anyone down that purchased an 80GB PlayStation 3 console. This is solely for educational, and entertainment purposes. So try not to get offended by it, as I myself own an 80GB PlayStation 3 as well. :D

As anyone knows, the Original 20GB and 60GB consoles had near perfect PS2 BC due to included hardware. After the 20GB was phased out the first 80GB came out to replace it. That 80GB console was the first to include the software emulation of the Emotion Engine used in the PS2. The 60GB was soon canceled after that, and the last 80GB consoles to have "some" PS2 BC were the Motorstorm (1) bundle, and then the last one was the MGS4 bundle. All PS3s after that point have no PS2 Backward Compatibility at all.

Both systems were recorded side by side using the same s-video cable, and the same exact game discs. I did not change any settings in the capture screen menu of Pinnacle Studio 14 when recording and switching systems, and what you see is what you get from both of them!

Both PlayStation 3 consoles have Firmware 3.50 on them, so they are completely up-to-date. Sadly, I think Sony's updates for PS2 BC were completely halted after Firmware 2.82 which sucks as we could use a few more fixes for both machines, especially the 80gb console. :(

It has come to my attention that during the making of this video, the 80GB PlayStation 3 has an overall brighter black level output, which does look a bit better in super dark scenes. Scenes from Darkwatch in the video should confirm this. However, this does not look so good in overly bright scenes in other games. It is an interesting trade off.

Also, both systems had the same settings set in the XMB. Smoothing is set to "On". So that's why it looks better than if it were output through a PS2. I am not using any emulators in this video, so don't even ask.

One last thing. This video is but a small handful of my PlayStation 2 collection, and is by far not the end of the list of screwed up games. You can do a search below and find even more games with issues ranging from Black and Silent Hill, to Dead or Alive 2, and Destruction Derby! Just use the following link and find out which system is right for you. http://us.playstation.com/support/com...

Bottom line: If your looking for a PlayStation 3 system that will play nearly ALL of your PS2 library, then you simply need to get the original 60GB unit (if possible, depends on region)! There really is no comparison, and IMO the 60GB PS3 is hands down the best PlayStation 3 made, hell even the best PlayStation Console made period! I was hoping for a more complete Backward Compatibility list on the 80GB unit, but after playing quite a few games on it, I would not advise anyone to buy it looking for real good PS2 Backward Compatibility. Perhaps if all you play is Madden, or have only a small selection of titles the 80GB PS3 will suffice, but if your collection is pretty big, then get yourself a 60GB Original PS3. You wont regret it!

Intro and End music was taken from inFamous which is owned and copyright by Sucker Punch studios. Those guys made one hell of an awesome game, and I can't wait for the sequel!

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