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Sega: PS2, Dreamcast Titles Coming to PSN

Whoops, someone at Sega may have goofed. A document was discovered earlier this morning on Sega's press site, revealing secret plans that Sony has yet to announce. Naturally, now that the news has surfaced, the document has mysteriously disappeared from the press FTP, however NeoGAF has posted a chunk of its secret goodness right here. So what's the big deal? Well, for Sony fans, it means that the PlayStation 2 emulator is on its way back according to Sega.

Marked as confidential, the Sega document--which contains notes derived from a meeting with SCEA on August 5th--clearly states that Sony wants to sell ALL PlayStation 2 games on the PlayStation Network including Grand Theft Auto Vice City, older Sonic titles and more. There's also mention that Sega plans to advertise on television in the same manner as EA Madden and NCAA spots by incorporating the PlayStation 3 controller (for co-marketing money).

In addition to the PlayStation 2 emulator, the Sega document also reveals that Dreamcast games are on the way to the PlayStation Network as well. "If we provide a list of DC titles, SCEA will let us know which ones they’re interested in having exclusively," Sega reports. "If we give them a long period of exclusivity, they’ll give us more marketing support." This may also mean that Dreamcast games could also make their way onto Xbox Live, with Microsoft snagging a few "exclusive" titles of its own.

The Sega document also reveals that Sony plans to launch the motion controller March 2010 in Japan, followed by a Spring release here in 2010; the bundle and pricing details were estimated to appear on September 1. SCEA will provide Sega with a list of IPs that the company expect to work well with the new technology including Virtua Tennis and London Olympics.

  • False_Dmitry_II
    Well I'm glad to see dreamcast stuff possibly showing up on new consoles. Especially the 360. There really are alot of good dreamcast games out there.
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  • 7amood
    picture obviously not related
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  • preparation H
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  • joking aside its good to hear that they havent abandoned the idea of running ps2 games on ps3 it shows that they had planned to bring back ps2 emulation but in a different way than we all thought. and now we can hopefully put to rest all this bickering about the ps3 backward compatibility.
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  • pawel342
    I have feelings that SONY will release a new firmware update before Christmas that will enable PS2 emulation. It is already known that the cell is able to emulate PS2 games with no hardware nor software emulation.
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  • pawel342
    I have feelings that SONY will release a new firmware update before Christmas that will enable PS2 emulation. It is already known that the cell is able to emulate PS2 games with no hardware nor software emulation.
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  • belardo
    This has been rumored for quite a while... especially when the patent came up.

    There have been arguments about this... no BC in the new PS3s, but if improved emulation works... its a win win. The only thing is:
    Does it mean that owners of PS2 games can pop the CDs into the drive and play?

    But then again, if the PSN downloaded games are 99.9~100% compatible - the PS2 owner can SELL their games and keep their downloads (saving space too).
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  • captaincharisma
    well they say the PS3 can do everything so they would have to put PS2 emulation back in. doesn't matter to me though because i have a 300GB HDD in my Ps2 and ripped all my games in it and sold all of the disks except my copies of final fantasy 7 and chrono cross.
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  • johnny_5
    pawel342I have feelings that SONY will release a new firmware update before Christmas that will enable PS2 emulation. It is already known that the cell is able to emulate PS2 games with no hardware nor software emulation.Neither hardware nor software emulation? Unless I'm missing something you either need hardware similar enough to run the code the same way or new software to act as a bridge between the old code and new hardware. Old PS3's used hardware BC, less old ones used software emulation of PS2 cpu with Cell, and hardware emulation (had old GPU in it) for graphics AFAIK.
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  • johnny_5
    Oh, and Sony Computer Entertainment is really struggling to keep secrets recently. It's Sega's fault, not there's, but either way, the secrets are out. I wonder if Sega's gonna get punished for the slip somehow.
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