PS3 and backwards compatability | PS3Blog.net
Fans of the PS2’s ability to enhance PSOne games through smoother texturising may be in for some disapointment with the PS3’s backwards compatability solution. As Phil Harrison puts it, in regard to playing backwards compatible games on PS3, “They are as exactly as they were,” before going on to claim that Sony prefered to rather deliver them in their original state. 😕 I can kind of understand how this will have happened, rumour has it that Sony went with the option of putting in PS2 hardware to guarantee nigh-on full backwards compatability, but it is a bit of a disappointment. Lets hope the PS3 can at least upscale them if you have an HDTV! Full backwards compatability has yet to be demonstrated, but we will keep an eye-out for it!
Harrison also explained Sony download support too. Sony’s aim is to eventually support the whole of the PSOne’s catalogue… yep… that should mean you can download in the region of 2,000 PSOne games in the future, although Harrison admits that some of the titles might not make it due to licensing issues. Harrison says this means that PS3 users will be able to download and play PSOne sleeper hits like Vib Ribbon (bizarre and fun music-based platformer) and MotorToon GP (Polyphony Digital’s game before Gran Turismo). The first titles will be Syphon Filter and Twisted Metal and at first these games will only work on PSP, but Harrison believes that by the end of the year it should be possible to play these titles on PS3. One download covers both PSP and PS3 versions and you should be able to download these titles five times, using your account, on any PS3. Basically, that means, if you want to demo something to a friend you can, but it sounds like once you log off, they cannot keep it- the same applies to the “arcade” games. Sounds like a great idea!