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Why Sony's PlayStation 3 Console Can't Play PS2 Games Yet

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309w ago - As a follow-up to an [Register or Login to view links] from a few weeks ago, Sony may have you believing that the company cut out PS2 backwards compatibility in order to save costs.

However, the real reason is actually more strategic than anything else. According to recent [Register or Login to view links], all PS3s will most likely be able to play PS2 games in the near future.

The PS2 is Sony Computer Entertainment's crowing achievement after the PSOne. Both consoles combined have sold close to 260 million units world wide. It does make it seem a bit silly when you see console fanboys bickering over the anthill sized 20 some million units for the PS3 and Xbox 360.

The PS2 and PSOne has a combined library of over 8,000 games (PAL, NTSC) to date, yet the latest version of the PS3 cannot play any of the PS2 games. I was fortunate enough to get my 60GB PS3 during launch, which is considered by many to be the ultimate version. I consider it to be the MVP (Most Valued Player) of gaming consoles due to the fact I could fence it for a good bit of cash on Ebay.

The 80GB which came out after the 60GB, had a new piece of software...
 

Video: PS3 40GB Service Mode Console Running PS2 Games

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309w 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!




 

PS3 USBLD Loader v0.1 Released, PS2 iSOs on Japanese Consoles

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310w ago - Update #2: idone has made a handy [Register or Login to view links] for those having trouble.

Update: A Spanish video of it in action is now available in our [Register or Login to view links] section.

Today Reflecter posted [Register or Login to view links] news about PS3 USBLD Loader v0.1 by Ifcaro, which apparently allows those with a 60GB Japanese PS3 to run PS2 iSO images from an external USB HDD.

According to the included ReadMe file, a PAL version is expected to be released soon. It is reported to work on the latest PS3 Firmware, but it requires Swap Magic to load the ELF file.

Download: [Register or Login to view links]

From the ReadMe file:

USBLD Versión 0.1
Siiiiii, por fin ha funcionado XD
Proximamente en tu PS3 PAL...

Requisitos:

+ Tener una copia del archivo USBD.IRX de sony entre la versión 0.13 a 0.17 en mc0:BEDATA-SYSTEM, mc0:BADATA-SYSTEM o mc0:BIDATA-SYSTEM
 

Rumor: PS2 Software Emulator Coming to Sony's PlayStation 3

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311w ago - To compliment an [Register or Login to view links] from earlier today, a member of NeoGAF known as mephesta [Register or Login to view links] he was told by a Sony rep that they may be eventually be putting out a PS2 emulator for the PlayStation 3 console.

Apparently, as the PS2 has about one year left on its life cycle, we shouldn't expect Sony to develop anything new with regards to backwards compatibility.. and they will just go out and get a PS2 emulator to put in future consoles.

To quote: The rumor comes from NeoGAF member Meph who recounts what was told to him by a Sony representative (openly described as a 'tool'). The story goes that Sony might be willing to buy a PlayStation 2 emulator for the future.

"He mentioned that since the PS2 has just 1 year left on its life-cycle not to expect them to develop anything new with regards to backwards compatibility," says Meph.

"He then leans in and lowers his voice, as if to tell me some deep dark secret and mentions that Sony may be willing to potentially buy a PS2 emulator to put in future consoles."
 

PS2 Controller Causes Two Brothers to Choke & Stab One Another

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314w ago - Two brothers living in Waukesha [Register or Login to view links] choked, cut and stabbed each other when they fought over a PlayStation 2 video game controller.

Waukesha Police are recommending that charges be brought against both brothers who violently acted out of anger.

Video games can sometimes bring friends and family together, this on the other hand also killed these family members. This all took place on Sunday at a home on Whiterock Avenue where the two brothers got into a huge argument over whose turn it was to play the video game. The fighting went from simple yelling to one of the brothers choking the other.

In defense the brother who was being choked, pulled out a knife and cut the hands of the instigator, after which the who was doing all the choking took the knife and stabbed his brother and then fled the scene.

The brother who fled then walked to the hospital and suffered from severely frostbitten fingers. It looks like this violent guy wont be playing video games for quite a while. Police report that none of the injuries sustained were life threatening.
 
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