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Video: PS3 40GB Service Mode Console Running PS2 Games


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287w ago - Today D3M0N2009 shared a video from earlier this month courtesy of sonyk0 via YouTube.

The video from DemonHades demonstrates that PS3 40GB Service Mode consoles can actually play PS2 games, but the feature isn't unlocked for the retail counterparts to date.

As most suspect, Sony has been working on a PS2 software emulator for quite some time (since Firmware 2.5x), so the question is really when and how they will introduce it publically.. perhaps via PSN Store PS2 title updates, or just include it in a Firmware update, etc.

Those interested can check out the video below, enjoy!





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Chivafighter's Avatar
#14 - Chivafighter - 286w ago
On the Koalition, via here: http://www.thekoalition.com/sony-no-plans-to-bring-back-backwards-compatibility/

It states that Sony wont be making a Emulator Update like we all thought.

so that 40 gig is and the earlier retail models are and will be the only ones to play PS2 games...

idone's Avatar
#13 - idone - 286w ago
Wikipedia ([Register or Login to view links]) claims that 60GB PAL and 80GB NTSC models from 2007 do the PS2 backward compatibility purely in software (as opposed to older 20GB and 60GB NTSC models that have Emotion Engine). That leads me to belive nothing stops it from working on all later models apart from Sony's decision to enable it...
The pal60gb and first ntsc 80gb still had the "Graphics Synthesizer" chip... later it was removed in the 40gb and newer 80gb us consoles, thus killing BC..

So there has never been a retail PS3 that ran ps2 games through "pure software" despite what wiki says... wiki is a good place for info... but then there's that edit button anyone can push!

gtxboyracer's Avatar
#12 - gtxboyracer - 286w ago
It is real, however it was never "activated". That unit is a Factory/Service mode system, which are somewhat different from Retail PS3's. They can run without a hard disk drive, and do other "interesting" things, like play PS2 games via the emulator!
Hi CJPC;

can i ask you since you say its real, have you tested it? can you tell us about any more of the "interesting" things a service mode ps3 can do? do you know how long this 100% software emulation has been in the firmware? (like what version it started appearing?)

if you could answer any of those it would be much appreciated.

Cheers,
GT-X

jaledlarbi's Avatar
#11 - jaledlarbi - 286w ago
Is this going to be an application or a patch for the PS3's OS? Does anybody know if this will work with the oldest ps2 games?

Thanks for all your help guys.. The work you do in this site is amazing!

RexVF5's Avatar
#10 - RexVF5 - 286w ago

All of the launch consoles could,...later it was taken out of the more recent models.....but it's looking more and more like they will be adding it back through software emulation.
Wikipedia ([Register or Login to view links]) claims that 60GB PAL and 80GB NTSC models from 2007 do the PS2 backward compatibility purely in software (as opposed to older 20GB and 60GB NTSC models that have Emotion Engine). That leads me to belive nothing stops it from working on all later models apart from Sony's decision to enable it...

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