Play PS2 Games on PS3 Thanks to Sony Patent, Backwards Compatibility

PS2 on PS3

Q. What do these things have in common? God of War, God of War 2 and Final Fantasy X. A. They’re all games made for the PS2 and not playable on the PS3 unless you have a Backwards Compatible (BC) PS3. Those PS3’s include the original 60gb PS3’s (hardware emulation chip) and the original 80gb PS3 (software emulation).

Sony has recently filed for a new patent that could make those backwards compatibility issues a thing of the past. Submitted back in December of 2008, this patent would allow the PS3’s Cell chip to translate code from the PS2’s Emotion Engine. What does this mean for you? Well, since Sony is against commenting on rumors, this could be several possibilities.

1. This patent could be for the new PS3 slims that has also been rumored to hit store shelves soon.

2. PS2 discs could be played flawlessly on any model PS3.

3. Only PS2 titles available on the PlayStation Store would be playable thanks to the patent.

So while there are many speculations, know that Sony IS working on some sort of PS2 emulation. In the meantime, keep your eyes open for any PS2 discounts that are PS3 worthy. Did I mention God of War yet?

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Readers Comments (5)

  1. I don’t see why they don’t simply give us software emulation and allow us to install PS1 and PSX games. Something tells me they pulled BC from systems to sell their classic games on PSN. I do have faith in Sony though. They have gamers in mind with their decisions, unlike Microsoft and Nintendo. The fact that they encourage you to share PSN downloads with select friends says a lot.

  2. @Kezins

    This essentially will be software BC, as it is making the Cell interpret the PS2 games code like it was a emotion engine, think of it like running a emulator on the Cell processor directly, instead of through the PS3 OS like the older SBC on some models.

  3. So, even if I have an original copy of a PS2 game I can’t play it unless it’s on the store?

    What’s the point in locking it down like that?

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