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PS3 Backwards Compatibililty Rumour |

Sony hasn’t been saying much about the PS3’s backwards compatibility, outside of saying that you’ll be able to play previous-generation PS2 games on it. Before today, all indications were that Sony would implement this through emulation. This is like what Microsoft is doing with the Xbox 360 and it’s backward compatibility. I’ve worked on WINE, which is a project to get Windows applications to run on Linux, so I know how hard it is to get emulators running well. So when I heard that Sony would be doing the emulation through software, I was a little disappointed. I was hoping that they’d do something similar to what they did with the PS2. A hardware solution.

Well, the latest rumour suggests that this might indeed be the case. Rumours, of course, but there it is. It looks like a PS2 chip might indeed make its way into the PS3. And not only that, if there are any problems like the slimline PS2 had, then that can be corrected with a download. This opens up another interesting avenue. That is that Sony can one day move to completely software emulated PS2, while having earlier PS3’s use the chip. Interesting days!

Gamasutra even contacted Sony about the rumour to get a statement. And all Sony basically said was “no comment”. So we’ll have to see.

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  • I thought it was a given that it would be hardware related. I thought that was one of the reasons for the ps3 size. I’m sorta disappointed with the emulation route. I can tell you from a xbox 360 owner, emulation sucks when it’s not done right. The 360 emulation of xbox (one) games, are only “fair” there are so many issues that i always tell people not to sell their old Xboxes. I really hope Sony doesn’t go the same route as the 360 regarding this.

  • WonderSteve

    On another seems like MS may abandon BC at all.

    I remember Sony promised all PS2 and PS1 games will be upscaled to HD with the PS3 at the Tokyo press conference before E3. I hope that’s true!

  • Matt

    They can’t upscale them. The textures were built with 480p in mind. Their will be less jaggies and the games should run much smoother (especially if it is hardware oriented).

    I REALLY don’t care about BC. If it saved me $25 I would be a much happier man without it. I never go back and play the old games after a new system is released. Even with the lack of games at launch with 360 I still didn’t play any of my Xbox 1 games.

    Most of you won’t use this feature either. I guess it is nice to have, but you really don’t need it.