Sony’s PS3 faces new snafu

PlayStation 3 won't work with many previous titles

JAPAN — More bad news for Sony: Japanese users have discovered that the PlayStation 3, launched Saturday, will not work correctly with approximately 200 PlayStation and PlayStation2 titles.

Sony Computer Entertainment has launched a search site for PS3 owners who want to check compatibility with nearly 7,800 software titles.

The news comes as Sony forecasts its games division losses will total $1.7 billion in this fiscal year. But it still plans to ship 2 million PS3s by Dec. 31 for the device’s North American bow on Friday — and 6 million by the end of fiscal 2006 for the March bow in Europe.

Meanwhile, game industry publisher Enterbrain has reported 88,400 PS3s have been sold in Japan, with most consoles selling in the first two days of availability.

Sony warned retailers in October it might have only 80,000 units ready, but later said it intended to have 100,000 on shelves. Enterbrain’s research indicates the true number is between those two figures.

Sony has faced a long series of glitches with the PS3, including problems with the production of blue laser diodes, a key component, that forced launch delays and production-run cutbacks.

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