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PS2 Backwards Compatibility Could Make Return

Generally, console hardware gains new features over time, but that hasn't been the case with the PlayStation 3.

When the PS3 first launched in late 2006, the flagship model had a 60GB hard drive, a memory card reader and hardware backwards compatibility with PlayStation 2 games. Cost cutting measures came in for the $599 console, and the features quickly axed were the memory card reader, and eventually all the dedicated hardware for PS2 games were stripped out.

Now Sony could be looking at a way of reintroducing hardware backwards compatibility back to the PlayStation 3, as hinted in a recent Japanese patent filing.

According to Siliconera, the proposed patent shows a diagram of hardware that has its own processor, a DVD decoder/emulator, sound processor, and graphic processor. Essentially, it sounds like a whole other console. Given that the original launch PS3 had PS2 processors inside, the need for dedicated hardware isn't surprising.

Only time will tell if Sony moves forward with this backwards compatibility add-on for this generation.

  • jacobdrj
    3 steps back, 1 step forward... PS4 anyone?
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  • victorintelr
    Didn't know that the PS3 was so modern that it couldn't handle older games. Guess it has to do with programing and all that stuff, but interesting that technology has advanced so much that the PS2 fits in now in another console., it's a pitty they took the PS2 support out.
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  • Gin Fushicho
    If you were here then the excited sound that came out of my mouth would have made you all jump. I'm excited to have it back.
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  • meat81
    Cmon Sony, you think people are going to drop thier versions of PS3 and buy another one? Why not do all software emulation. God knows the current PS3 hardware can handle it, it just depends out good your damn programmers are.... Dont know about you guys but this is annoying
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  • lasaldude
    They should make an elite version for enthusiast. An SSD and 4 GBs of Ram, Better Direct X 11 Graphics Card like a GTX 460 with more HDMI connections for 2 or 3 screen heaven. Maybe a Blu-ray burner and wireless N. I know it sounds ridiculous and stupid, but if I could crank the graphics up on my games, life would be better and I would buy one.

    Just make a limited run Like Asus does with the Mars and Ares Cards
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  • thechief73
    Jeez... Kinda a slap in the face now to do this so late in the game, as gamers have probably forgoten about their old titles or gotten rid of them by now.
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  • bv90andy
    pcsx2 has made so much progress that on a phenom ii x2 I can run most games with no problems. And that's an emulator that has been developed using backwards engineering from game demos, for free. How hard can it be for Sony to put 20 programmers to do a good emulator? I'm sure that the PS3 CPU can handle it, MS have done it quite good. I played a couple of XBOX games on my 360 and they work great.
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  • bv90andy
    lasaldudeThey should make an elite version for enthusiast. An SSD and 4 GBs of Ram, Better Direct X 11 Graphics Card like a GTX 460 with more HDMI connections for 2 or 3 screen heaven. Maybe a Blu-ray burner and wireless N. I know it sounds ridiculous and stupid, but if I could crank the graphics up on my games, life would be better and I would buy one.Just make a limited run Like Asus does with the Mars and Ares CardsBuy a PC. Just for a few exclusives, it's not worth it.
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  • thillntn
    So wait...they are going to reintroduce the ps3 fat?then it really would do everything again....if they bring back other os too.I would buy a brand new redesigned fat if they made one. Can't stand the slims, I have friends with those that keep dying! This may just be a legal move to sue anyone that releases a homebrew emulator that runs on the hacked firmware....
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  • renami9
    well, one thing at a time, first, bring back PS2 backwards compatibility, and then, HOPEFULLY linux.
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