The rumor flood just can't be stopped: mere days after learning that Sony had filed for a patent that could lead to the return of full PS2 software backwards compatibility in the PS3 , more evidence has arrived. …and this new tidbit says it's not only coming; it'll be here in the next few weeks.

Since that time, we know the patents in question don't automatically imply backwards compatibility, as the machine has been emulating the Emotion Engine since the original graphics synthesizer chip disappeared from all models after the original 60GB iteration. However, this doesn't change the fact that the patent was filed in December of last year and was only made public just last week, and as we all know, you don't go and patent existing things. To add more fuel to the rapidly spreading fire, German website DemoNews.de claims to have received a direct comment from a Sony employee that says full PS2 b/c will return to the PS3 via firmware update within the "next few weeks." Obviously, as this is a European website, we have to assume they're referring to a SCEE employee, provided they're not telling tall tales. This would further imply that such a firmware update would be available simultaneously in all major regions, simply because the formerly mentioned patents were submitted in the US. Connect this together with the PS3 Slim rumors, and current and would-be PS3 owners have plenty to discuss.

If all this is indeed going down in the next two weeks or so, we'll have to say it'll likely be the biggest news of the month. Then again, you never can tell when an especially huge announcement will just pop up out of the blue…  It has been known to happen before.

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jaybiv
jaybiv
11 years ago

If this is true, congrats to the non-BC owners!

eLLeJuss
eLLeJuss
11 years ago

hurray for my 40 gb ps3! hurray!

shindelion
shindelion
11 years ago

This is Indeed great news. A lot of people i know will not pick up a PS3 because of not being able to play their old games. If true this might lead in a sale spike.

LegendaryWolfeh
LegendaryWolfeh
11 years ago

well if they already have ps2's to play their old games why does it matter about their ps3's?

Ricochet
Ricochet
11 years ago

To save up space plus the old PS2 can be kept as a souvenir or sold. Besides, I gave away my PS2 because I thought all PS3's will have backwards compatibility. I was sadly mistaken but I hope this so-called "update" will bring me peace.

spiderboi
spiderboi
11 years ago

Hooray for me! My PS2 just hit the fritz, and i was supposed to look for the old SKU with b/c, though couldn't hold off buying anymore. Hoping this isn't just a rumor…

Jawknee
Jawknee
11 years ago

@Legendary

not only does PS2 B/C save space the PS2 doesn't support true HD. PS2 in 1080p? Yes please.

Phoelix
Phoelix
11 years ago

I hope so, but that is pretty sketch.

I don't think this one will be true. Some random German website getting info from a Sony employee? I doubt it.

www
www
11 years ago

Why? Germans aren't fit to receive info from Sony?

BikerSaint
BikerSaint
11 years ago

WARNING: That damned site uses pop-up ads, including a porn one, and even popped up a couple after I left the site!

So if you clicked on it too, I'd advise you to do an anti-virus & spyware scan ASAP just to be on the safe side.

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
11 years ago

Yeah, I've removed the link from the story.

BikerSaint
BikerSaint
11 years ago

Wow, I even got a thumbs down for warning people about spyware on that site?
Does your mama even know what a huge pathetic A-hole of a loser you must really be????????

And here's a little FYI for ya, I really don't give a flying f*ck if you like me or not, so give me all the thumbs down you want.

Chew on that, bi*ch!!!!!

Alienange
Alienange
11 years ago

Will the real "thumb downer" please stand up.

Anonymous
Anonymous
11 years ago

sounds awesome, also sounds very fishy, is that something you could even do with a firmware update?

Victor321
Victor321
11 years ago

Hmm, this also somewhat connects with the announcement of a Price Drop for the PS2, when it happened a few months back.

Although Sony said that the price drop happened because they still support their 10 year life cycle philosophy for the PS2 and that demand is still there for the console, I can infer that from a business standpoint, another reason they can issue a price drop is to get as much more PS2s in houses as much as possible before Sony feels it is the right time to move on from physically producing PS2s, and just incorporate PS2 backwards-compatibility to the PS3 by whatever means they can.


Last edited by Victor321 on 7/1/2009 9:58:06 PM

Jawknee
Jawknee
11 years ago

Eh, FFXII supports wide screen display and as far as I can tell image looks upscaled to me.

Danny007
Danny007
11 years ago

I kinda don't want a ps3 with b/c because then my ps2 would go to waste just like my ps1, but whatever.

Jawknee
Jawknee
11 years ago

Ps2 in 1080p.

LegendaryWolfeh
LegendaryWolfeh
11 years ago

just because it's upscaled doesn't make great

fluffer nutter
fluffer nutter
11 years ago

But, having these games upscaled and viewable on a large HDTV is easier on the eyes.

Jawknee
Jawknee
11 years ago

Makes it better you negative Nancy. FFXII in 1080p is awesome.

LegendaryWolfeh
LegendaryWolfeh
11 years ago

Don't know what you're talking about but it's not 1080p. Just because it says, all it doing is stretching the pixels to fit and match. It's not True 1080p anything. That's why it's somewhat disproportional sometimes.

Alienange
Alienange
11 years ago

@ LegendaryWolfeh – Give up… some people just don't get it.

Jawknee
Jawknee
11 years ago

Oh man. My 60gb just died. Maybe I shouldn't have paid to get it fixed.

Vivi_Gamer
Vivi_Gamer
11 years ago

Yup my 60GB died recently to, its sitting on my desk underneath my laptop, im not sure what to do with it :(, I just stopped reading discs. i might see if i can in get it fixed but you do have to ask whats the point, it'll probaly f'up again in a few months.

RustEDalex
RustEDalex
11 years ago

@ultima off topic I don't mean to be a p-hole but your avatar scares the p out of me

www
www
11 years ago

Ultima, i know…. cause your going to college you don't wanna fix it or get a new ps3 for that matter,right?

Jawknee
Jawknee
11 years ago

Ultima, apparenty it's jus a falty blue Ray drive. Sony is replacing mine with a new one. I don't mind paying to fix it. I'm sure it will be fine after the repairs. If i were you I'd just get it fixed. Got almost 3 years of constant use out of it before I had problems.

Vivi_Gamer
Vivi_Gamer
11 years ago

Well to be honest im a bit grouchy i wont get to play Heavy Rain, i was pretty hyped for that. If i could afford it i would, but i just spent alot on a filming project and now saving for Uni this year, so its an impossibility. I have been tempted to buy a B-R Drive of Ebay, but its not as simple as disconnecting ther B-R and replacing it, you have to dismantle the motherboard and put it in the new one, plus a B-R is around £70 – £100 on its own.

I guess i'll just get a PS2, my friend bought his round the other day and it looks ok on my 26inch TV.

Jawknee
Jawknee
11 years ago

Aah yes. Priorities are a bitch.

Swavey
Swavey
11 years ago

well the ps3 i won on this site will enjoy this little update ūüėČ

Alienange
Alienange
11 years ago

Not sure why someone would thumb you down for having won something. I still remember the day you won it… way to go and let's hope b/c comes back for all ps3 owners.

Balanced the thumb scale for you too.

www
www
11 years ago

Alienage True, i guess we have some real jealous guys here, i wonder how they'll cope if they see their girl with another man…

kiwami_nemesis
kiwami_nemesis
11 years ago

oh that would be great my ps2 died & I'm not spending money on another one. but i still want to play a few sp2 games

NoSmokingBandit
NoSmokingBandit
11 years ago

I just hope they get BC back so they can refine their emulator and hopefully get ps2 compatibility on the PSP2. Its a long shot, but i can hope.
They should develop a dual-core EE chip and drop it in the psp2. One core for running the ps2 games and the other for emulating whatever else. It would make for kick-ass psp2 games too.
But i digress.

Sir Shak
Sir Shak
11 years ago

I hope it's true because I really want to play SOTC and the GoW games .

Karosso
Karosso
11 years ago

Those two games were the first I played when I got my PS3 and HD TV, looks amazing!

Karosso
Karosso
11 years ago

WOW! If it comes true, Sony is going to steamroll the competition this year.
A $299 PS3 Slim with B/C, Uncharted2, GoW3, GT5, MAG, Heavy Rain and so on. This would send their sales to the moon.
Hope it comes true and hope Sony start making some serious $ with the PS3.
Go SONY!!!

Turbey
Turbey
11 years ago

Think Heavy Rain is due in 2010. At least that was what I heard!

newchef
newchef
11 years ago

same with GoW3 but it rly doesnt matter ps3 still rocks

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
11 years ago

This sounds pretty fishy to me. What gives?

Bugzbunny109
Bugzbunny109
11 years ago

Hey John Shepard: You write just like Ben Dutka. I was suprised to find your name at the bottom of the article. Anyways, keep on the hard work!

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
11 years ago

I notice that too…hmm more fishiness…

Alienange
Alienange
11 years ago

"You can't handle the truth!"

Bugzbunny109
Bugzbunny109
11 years ago

Oh no! Ben has two lives- one as John Shepard, and one as Ben Dutka! I can't take it! There must only be one, on way or another. *Cracks evil smile*


Last edited by Bugzbunny109 on 7/2/2009 7:54:47 AM

Bugzbunny109
Bugzbunny109
11 years ago

It is highly unlikely that Sony will introduce BC, in a Firmware update. It just doesn't sound right to me. But who knows?

Zaben
Zaben
11 years ago

I will love it if this is true.

But I doubt it.

Zi3kEN
Zi3kEN
11 years ago

yehey.. i will be able to play Persona 3 and Persona 4 again!! on my 40gb (upgraded to 250gb) PS3!! YAHOOOOO^^

Alienange
Alienange
11 years ago

I want this to be true.

Scarecrow
Scarecrow
11 years ago

And no ps1 BC?

This is bull