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Confirmed: PS2 inside PS3 |

It’s been rumoured, but now it’s confirmed. The PS3 will have the PS2’s Emotion Engine (EE) chip and the PS2’s Graphics Synthesizer (GS) chip built in. It seems like Sony previously wanted to use an emulator to provide PS2 compatibility in the PS3. But in order to make sure that certain games worked properly, they ended up using real PS2 hardware instead. It seems like some PS2 games did not use “the library” recommended by SCE. I’m not sure what this means, because I thought that developers could write software right to the metal, so to speak.

Sony did say that the EE and GS chips will be removed “before long”, moving to a pure emulator approach. This will reduce the cost of producing a PS3, a good thing for Sony.

I have to wonder if first-generation PS3’s will be more PS2 compatible than later PS2’s for this reason. First-gen PS3’s might be in more demand for just that reason.


Along with Cell, First Generation PS3 Features EE, GS Developed for PS2

  • Rather

    Failure to provide backward compatibility was an inexcusable reason why Xbox 360 was never a serious consideration for me.

  • luke

    ^jeez. its not THAT serious.

  • Luke, never underestimate the power of nostalgia. Nintendo’s looking to make a killing with their virtual console titles on the Wii simply because of this factor.

  • That’s great news! I will be using my PS3 to play PS1 & PS2 games when I feel the urge. I’ve been thinking about playing MGS1 lately, what a classic 🙂

  • luke

    you cant be bothered to keep your old system around? if the ps3 had no backwards compatibility i would be perfectly fine with that. i have a ps2. are you just going to throw your ps2 away when you get your ps3? you’ll probably keep it. its definitely a nice feature, but to not buy a system because of that? please. just be honest and say you hate microsoft, thats all im asking 🙂

  • Matt

    BC is a waste of time for me. I like the old system because that is what the games were designed for. I like rumble a lot and the PS2 is the only way I will get it. The PS2 isn’t worth a ton of money anymore and nostalgia gaming needs the old system to get the feel. I would rather buy an NES. I would buy the carts for the same price that Nintendo is selling the games for on their internet thingy.

    I own and love my 360. I packed up my Xbox the day I bought the 360. I don’t want to play games from the older generation. They look horrible compared to the newer system and the game play get so much better. After playing Gears of War I have no desire at all to play Halo 2. I just don’t think I could go back to the old A.I. and everything else.

    BC is so overated that 3 months after you buy the new system you will not want to play a PS2 game for a few years.

  • Dreamworker

    Henning- What Sony means by “did not use the library recommended by SCE” is that every PS2 developer is given a set of guidlines when making their game for it to be backwards compatible in future consoles. This guideline from Sony has an acronym, I forget what it is, forgive me. Maybe you can find it. Good day.

  • francois

    Well with the PS3 backward compatibility, I will be able to play PS2 games on my computer monitor using HDMI to DVI cable. I monitor has component input, but the picture is horrible and dark. And with my HDTV, when I play through analog video (including component video) connexion there is a lag in the gameplay which make a lot of games unplayable. With the HDMI I won’t get this lag, So the ps3 BC brings a lot of value to me.

  • Putting ps2 hardware saves sony TONS of man-hours. Now they dont have to worry about making sure every game works, they KNOW every game will work. Backwards compatability is VERY important to me, because the graphical jump isnt as huge as it was from last gen transition (psone to ps2). With God of War, Bully and Final Fantasy XII not yet played by me, i will definitely be playing them on my ps3.

  • Rather

    “Maybe I should go Microsoft this round and get an Xbox 360. Then I could pick up old Halo and Star Wars titles that didn’t make it to PS2 and enjoy them. ….. WTF, Microsoft isn’t going to support old games on this system? So they are basically saying to me, FU Rather, you want to play our old library, go buy an Xbox. We are in such a big big hurry to beat Sony that we can’t be bothered with it. Hmm. I wonder what else might go wrong if they are rushing things so much?”

  • luke: backwards compatibility may not be a big issue for some people (for you, for instance), but it’s a big, big deal for me. i actually still buy and play ps1 titles on my ps2. i don’t have a lot of space in my room, i am glad i won’t have to have three systems connected to my TV just to play all my games! and yes, when i got my ps2, i gave away my ps1. same thing will happen when i get my ps3: i will give my ps2 away.

  • I plan to give my PS2 to my nephew, if I can play all my PS2 games on my PS3. I fully plan to continue playing games like Champions of Norrath, Frequency, and Guitar Hero on the PS3.

  • luke

    ALL’s im saying is that it be very interesting to see if rather would purchase a ps3 if it wasnt backwards compatible. to completely write-off a next-gen system because of poor BC (its not like the 360 has none) is ridiculous. like matt said, if you’re so nostalgic, wouldnt it be more fun to play it on the original system? i dont want to say BC is useless, but i dont think it should be a huge issue on a next gen system.

  • BC is not a make-or-break feature, and I don’t think most of us are claiming it is. On the other hand, it is a very nice feature that many people will appreciate. Trying to figure out if people would still buy a PS3 without BC is pointless. It’s there, and some people don’t care, and some people do.

  • CL