200w ago - According to Senior Director Susan Panico, Sony plans to introduce The Tester on PlayStation Network this month while VP Peter Dille has also hinted to IGN that more PS1 and PS2 classics are destined for PSN.
The Tester joins other original programming, such as PULSE and Qore, as the company looks to continue expanding its video content on the service.
To quote: "We've had a very different strategic approach by having our service offered for free," Panico said. "Offering a premium service someday that might make sense, but right now it's important to deliver a great array of digital content for free to help broaden PlayStation Network's access."
Dille stated, to quote: "From our side, we're going through our own studio organization and trying to make sure all these old games are out there so that we can lead by example, but we're also communicating with all the third-parties about the success of the Final Fantasy games, and other PS1 and PS2 classics.
By all means, I think people can look for more of that because once the third-parties see how this works, it's just found money. There's not a whole lot of work that has to go into it and once we can get it up on the network, it finds an audience pretty quickly."
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I second the intense curiosity when they (sony) will give us what I think should have originally came with my 40 gig ps3, The ability to play ps2 games. I from the start felt they would not hand out that capability until they stopped the sales of actual ps2's. I have read in the past market research affected there decision in not pursuing backwards compatibility.
That just means that if you want to play ps3 games you will buy a ps3. Remember sony is in the business of making money. So as long as they offer the ability to play ps2 games (current slim ps2) they will not give the ability on new ps3 unless they charge the additional 100 dallors. as much as a brand new ps2.
There has been rumours about having ps2 emu via a firmware for ages now, there was a patent found last year which implied that the cell would be used for backward compatibility, and then dev's found a ps2 folder (similar to the psp folder) within the firmware.
All this suggests is that sony are biding their time as to when they are going to release a ps2 emu for all versions of the ps3. It could be they think 2010 is the last year in the ps2's life cycle, it could be to get more third parties on board and get a massive library ready for launch of the emu, it could be part of the premium service when (not "if", it will happen) thats released
Or it could be any mixture of these reasons
We wont know for definite until the end of the year...
Soooooo, the rumor has been true about the PS2 emulator in the firmware. I'm really curious about it's capabilities. Finally the 2-usb models can join in the PS2 compatibility list. But will it support the original discs?
This will certainly be welcome especially in the regions that have been ignored by the video store that operates exclusively in Europe and recently extended to the Aussies. I am also hoping Thorne a Japanese version of PS3 accessory TV tuner will not be an eternal wait like PlayTv. Then we can happily move on without PlayTV as well.