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Sony Addresses PS2 in PS3 Rumour 109

Posted by Zonk
from the not-true-maybe-sorta-i-dunno dept.
Gamasutra addresses the rumour floating around saying that every PlayStation 3 will have PS2 hardware included. This is apparently a fast and loose solution to Backwards Compatibility. Sony says 'that news ... is just speculation'. From the article: "According to the report, the article indicates that Sony is looking to this as a temporary solution, and plans to remove the chip from future hardware PlayStation 3 models, once it is able to include a functional PlayStation 2 emulator in its place. Such a redesign would, if true, presumably drive down the console's lofty price."
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Sony Addresses PS2 in PS3 Rumour

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  • Cheaper? (Score:3, Informative)

    by SirBruce (679714) on Tuesday June 06, 2006 @01:50PM (#15481430) Homepage
    It took me a while to figure out what the writer meant. He doesn't mean including PS2 hardware in the PS3 now would make the price come down; he meant that in the future, when they can REMOVE the PS2 hardware from the PS3, THAT would make the price come down.

    Bruce
  • by Silent sound (960334) on Tuesday June 06, 2006 @01:53PM (#15481456)
    Sony has repeatedly confirmed [gamesindustry.biz] that the PS3 backward compatibility includes PS2 and PS1 games.

    Unfortunately, they haven't confirmed this means all PS1 and PS2 games.

    They also, keep in mind, haven't confirmed or even commented on the rumors in this article...
  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 06, 2006 @02:26PM (#15481747)
    That's not how I read it.

    It sounds like the plan was for SW emu all along, and it was in risk of being late. So the hardware is a temporary fallback until the SW is ready, and will be removed in future versions of the console as soon as they can. There'd be no point in creating any way to leverage the PS2 HW from a PS3 game if it's not going to be a permanent part of the console.

    It also suggests that earlier PS3's will have "more exact" emulation of PS2 than later PS3's, doesn't it? Given a choice between SW emu and HW emu, I'd pick the HW emu any day. But maybe they'll switch everybody over to software emulation once it's ready, whether you have HW emu support or not.

He keeps differentiating, flying off on a tangent.

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