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PS3 to be Backwards Compatible Again Thanks to Gaikai?

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Sony may partner with Gaikai so that the PlayStation 3 can become backwards compatible once again.

OK, this makes sense. The latest rumor surrounding Sony and a possible acquisition of a major cloud gaming service claims that the company will announce a deal with Gaikai during the E3 2012 conference on Monday.

According to the rumor, the partnership will allow gamers to stream PlayStation 2 games to the current console. Customers already have an option of purchasing and playing local digital copies of "PS2 Classics" from the PlayStation Store like Max Payne, Need for Speed: Most Wanted and SSX On Tour. They can even purchase and play PS1 classics.

But this deal would eliminate the need for "emulation" and open up the entire PlayStation 2 library. Even more, it's quite possible that PlayStation 3 owners will even be able to purchase and play games currently not available on the console like Magicka and Spore.

The PlayStation 3 originally made its debut with hardware-based backwards compatibility intact, but Sony removed the chip and went with partial software emulation in the next wave in order to reduce the overall cost. Sony then killed off software support in the third wave, and decided to instead work with the games on an individual basis so that they will run natively in the PlayStation 3 environment.

Just days ago, reports appeared claiming that Sony was actually considering the purchase of Gaikai or OnLive. An unnamed source close to the situation claimed that a partnership deal is close to being signed. It was assumed that OnLive would be the likely choice, but this latest report regarding Gaikai makes a lot more sense.

OnLive is a closed network. Gamers can either rent or purchase individual titles, or they can subscribe to an all-you-can-play monthly service. Gaikai on the other hand isn't really a network, but acts as the middleman between publisher and customer that streams the actual games. Even more, Gaikai has a network of servers scattered throughout the U.S., so whatever the end-user is playing, it's being streamed from the server closest to his physical address.

OnLive was originally thought to be the acquisition of choice due to its OnLive Desktop service and its rumored upcoming video streaming service. OnLive even previously stated that it was in talks with Sony and Microsoft to bring the service to the current consoles.

As always, take everything as mere rumor. We'll finally put the assumptions to rest on Monday when Sony officially spills the beans at E3 2012.

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    cybrcatter , June 1, 2012 6:19 PM
    Epsxe and pcsx2.

    Hi res. Filters.

    All I need.
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    kawininjazx , June 1, 2012 6:01 PM
    Sony should let you register your old PS1 and PS2 games, then download them off the store for a small transaction fee, like $.50-$.99.

    However, I still have my PS2, so I won't complain about it.
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    captaincharisma , June 1, 2012 6:11 PM
    they don;t have every PS1 and PS2 game for download so what happens if you want to play a game other then a final fantasy or resident evil game?
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    cybrcatter , June 1, 2012 6:19 PM
    Epsxe and pcsx2.

    Hi res. Filters.

    All I need.
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    gamerk316 , June 1, 2012 6:25 PM
    PCSX2 works for like 80% of the PS2 library now, though some games [ESPN 2k5] don't work well yet.

    And BTW, PCSX Reloaded is better then Epsxe these days.
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    kinggraves , June 1, 2012 6:28 PM
    captaincharismathey don;t have every PS1 and PS2 game for download so what happens if you want to play a game other then a final fantasy or resident evil game?


    Get an emulator like everyone else does I guess. This is the first point where PSN/Suite and Nintendo's VC fail. People don't just want to play a few classics, they want the entire library, they want to decide their own classics. When you can't provide a large amount of the titles, people turn to emulation, and when they're already emulating it they might as well emulate the ones you ARE selling.

    This really isn't good news to me. Like OnLive/Gaikai's service or not, they're providing a unique service. An independent provider getting swallowed up by large corporate Sony is not going to provide innovation for the customer.

    Don't get your hopes up for a full library of PS2 titles. Realistically they already don't offer a full library of PS1 titles, and those are easily emulated. They just want another feature they can pretend to support. "Now ps3 can stream games to you through PSN....current titles inclucde Crash Bandicoot and....well just Crash Bandicoot."
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    CaedenV , June 1, 2012 6:38 PM
    Alright Sony, lets take it one step further than just game streaming:
    Every game, movie and song that you guys have in your vast collection of IP should go on this service. Charge us $20/mo for this service, and give us 1/2 off for a year or two if we purchase and register a Sony device. Many of us would jump all over that in a heartbeat! And it would give a huge value for purchasing Sony brand hardware.
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    CaedenV , June 1, 2012 6:56 PM
    kinggravesDon't get your hopes up for a full library of PS2 titles. Realistically they already don't offer a full library of PS1 titles, and those are easily emulated

    Keep in mind that Sony does not own the rights to all of the games that they are distributors for. Many times a game does not show up on these types of services because the people who do own the IP are either out of business, or the IP is split among a large group of people who cannot make a decision, or they are simply greedy and do not want the deal that Sony is willing to give them to resurrect their work. Others simply do not want to be bothered supporting an old game, no matter how 'easy' it would be to do. But then again, you are right that sometimes Sony thinks that a game would sell poorly, and it simply gets buried forever unless the developer wants to pay for it.
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    eddieroolz , June 1, 2012 7:16 PM
    I for one wouldn't like to buy a digital copy of the game I already own on disc.
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    christarp , June 1, 2012 8:07 PM
    Well, I have the original fat 20gb (with a 160gb hdd in it) that plays ps2 games natively... Why sony removed it, I don't know.
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    kawininjazx , June 1, 2012 8:12 PM
    christarpWell, I have the original fat 20gb (with a 160gb hdd in it) that plays ps2 games natively... Why sony removed it, I don't know.


    They removed it because the PS3 was really expensive and they had to cut costs. Honestly, probably about 80% of the people buying a PS3 didn't care about the backwards compatibility, so it was a better idea to cut it to trim cost off the system so they could lower the price.
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    JOSHSKORN , June 1, 2012 8:23 PM
    kawininjazxSony should let you register your old PS1 and PS2 games, then download them off the store for a small transaction fee, like $.50-$.99. However, I still have my PS2, so I won't complain about it.

    One-time "Hosting fee" per game, same price. But, users pay to have their "saved data" hosted, not the actual games. I don't agree with having to pay for having the game itself hosted unless it allows you to save your data, since otherwise each game itself can be considered shared data. Storage space isn't that expensive anymore.
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    DSpider , June 1, 2012 8:46 PM
    This is kinda like the article on the iPad running Windows 7, isn't it? Just to attract readers.

    FFS, IT'S NOT RUNNING ANYTHING!

    Streaming is one thing, "backwords compatibile" is another.
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    christarp , June 1, 2012 9:05 PM
    kawininjazxThey removed it because the PS3 was really expensive and they had to cut costs. Honestly, probably about 80% of the people buying a PS3 didn't care about the backwards compatibility, so it was a better idea to cut it to trim cost off the system so they could lower the price.


    That makes a lot of sense really. I'm glad I can still play a lot of my ps2 games though, my ps2 died not too long ago and now I can play final fantasy x again woo.
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    drwho1 , June 1, 2012 9:43 PM
    I have the original 60GB PS3, no issues here.
    I'm waiting for SSD's to drop their prices enough to upgrade my PS3 original 60 GB hard drive with a 120-160 SSD (depending of when I finally do this).

    I think it should (a) load games faster and (b) minimize the heat.
    (although I believe that most of the heat is related to the optical drive, not certain on this one)
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    Shin-san , June 1, 2012 10:51 PM
    Streaming, meaning that you don't actually own the game. Now if they put up a lot of the PS2 library, it would indeed be awesome.
    CaedenVAlright Sony, lets take it one step further than just game streaming:Every game, movie and song that you guys have in your vast collection of IP should go on this service. Charge us $20/mo for this service, and give us 1/2 off for a year or two if we purchase and register a Sony device. Many of us would jump all over that in a heartbeat! And it would give a huge value for purchasing Sony brand hardware.
    That would be awesome, even though everything is streamed. They can even do it on non-PS hardware
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    sirencall , June 2, 2012 12:02 AM
    Its still not backwards compatible, no more than by adding a PS2 emulator makes my PC backwards compatible with PS1. In order for it to be accurate it has to play the game in some form when you insert the disk into your console.
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    IndignantSkeptic , June 2, 2012 12:13 AM
    If the PS3 has enough power to decode the stream in high resolution and high frame rate then there will be no need for PS4 really.
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    maestintaolius , June 2, 2012 12:18 AM
    kinggravesGet an emulator like everyone else does I guess. This is the first point where PSN/Suite and Nintendo's VC fail. People don't just want to play a few classics, they want the entire library, they want to decide their own classics. When you can't provide a large amount of the titles, people turn to emulation, and when they're already emulating it they might as well emulate the ones you ARE selling.This really isn't good news to me. Like OnLive/Gaikai's service or not, they're providing a unique service. An independent provider getting swallowed up by large corporate Sony is not going to provide innovation for the customer.Don't get your hopes up for a full library of PS2 titles. Realistically they already don't offer a full library of PS1 titles, and those are easily emulated. They just want another feature they can pretend to support. "Now ps3 can stream games to you through PSN....current titles inclucde Crash Bandicoot and....well just Crash Bandicoot."

    It's really amazing to see how console companies just don't get this (i.e. nostalgia), yet Steam, GoG and other PC sites/services do. It's particularly surprising that Nintendo totally fails to get this, considering how quickly people figure out ways to mod various handhelds to play old NES and SNES games or build one from scratch. Sega does seem to understand this because you can get a bunch of old Genesis and Dreamcast games off Steam, but, they have moved away from being a hardware company.
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    tomfreak , June 2, 2012 1:20 AM
    If I have to pay again for my PS2/PS1 just to play on PS3. Sony can buzz off, I just load my game on PCSX2 and play, PCSX2 = free
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    kewlmunky , June 2, 2012 1:30 AM
    kawininjazxSony should let you register your old PS1 and PS2 games, then download them off the store for a small transaction fee, like $.50-$.99. However, I still have my PS2, so I won't complain about it.


    Minus the fee. I already own the games why should I spend any more money to play them when I already gave Sony money for their new console?
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