232w ago - Recently it was reported that Sony patented software-based PS2 emulation technology. This got users excited who own 80GB, 40GB and 160GB PS3 consoles without backwards compatability.
Although the article speculated that the upcoming PS3 slim may utilize this technology, today a German Web site has supposedly gained comment from a Sony employee, to quote:
This brings us to the German Web site Demo News, which claims to have gained comment from a Sony employee stating that full backwards compatibility is coming to US PS3's as a firmware update in the "next few weeks."
If this rumor is true, it will make many newer PS3 console owners very happy indeed!
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Ditto here, I'm in the same boat. Never owned a PS2, but now that I have a PS3 there's some games I'd love to try, like Shadow of the Colossus and MGS 2 and 3. I truly hope this happens soon, and that it works well.
IMO all consoles should have full backwards compatibility, it just adds so much more. I mean who wants to have 5 consoles connected to their TV when they can have one that plays all generations. Some day we will have another non-optical media, though, and today's standard discs won't be able to load, so I'd imagine it will eventually go completely digital (download) only.