Now, some of you with big PS2 libraries who didn't race out and get the original 60GB PlayStation 3 were probably disappointed; later models simply don't support PS2 titles. The 80GB only has partial backwards compatibility (it uses software emulation like the Xbox 360), and the more recent 40GB model has no b/c for PS2 games. But this doesn't mean Sony is completely ditching the idea of b/c for the future.
According to a recent job advertisement, Sony Computer Entertainment Japan is looking for a software engineer who can tackle backward compatibility for both the PS3 and "an unspecified next-gen console," so says Gamefront.de. Now, some are saying that unnamed console could be the PlayStation 4, but there's no real evidence to support that theory as of yet. But the ad does say the engineer will have to be able to "implement and optimize emulation software for PS1, PS2, PSP and PS3 games." Could Sony already be at a point where backwards compatibility is up for discussion on the PS4? And perhaps more importantly for the here and now, could full backwards compatibility for the PS3 make a triumphant return?
One of the biggest reasons the 40GB PS3 is so much cheaper than the original 60GB model is because it doesn't have the graphics synthesizer chip that allows for almost full PS2 software compatibility. It was simply too expensive an addition, so Sony nixed it and instead abandoned b/c for PS2 games. The 40GB model can still play PS1 games, but wouldn't it great to have a system that can play them all? Could the PS4 be fully b/c? That'd be one hell of a massive library upon launch, yes?