The PS3's library continues to expand with every passing day, and the original titles and PS1 classics on the PlayStation Store add to the rising number. But what about the massive PS2 library…?

There have been rumors circulating ever since Sony pulled backwards compatibility for PS2 software out of the PS3, and now, a leaked document containing meeting notes between SCEA and Sega tells us PS2 games may return in a big way. The meeting was held back on August 5 and it featured Sega's comments on upcoming PS3 and PSP releases, as well as Sony's plans for their flagship console in the near future. What's most interesting is this: "SCEA wants to sell all PS2 titles on PSN." They even go so far as to mention Grand Theft Auto: Vice City , which means it may not be much longer before you start seeing classic PS2 titles alongside the PS1 titles on the Store. They even talk about how Sony would market these games, with PS3 controllers shown in PS2 television ads. To drive up interest even further, it seems Sony and Sega might collaborate on another big project, and that would involve bringing Dreamcast games to the PS3. It appears that Sega needs to provide SCEA with a list of games that might be worthy re-release candidates, and Sony wants exclusivity, too.

There's no doubt that Sony has worked to position the PS3 as the ultimate home entertainment console and perhaps the only significant drawback of the new systems is the lack of PS2 b/c. This would help to alleviate that pain, and the inclusion of DC titles is a surprise. We'll have to keep a close eye on this; perhaps we'll hear more about it at Sony's TGS press conference in a few days.

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vicious54
vicious54
11 years ago

Sounds like a great idea, I never bought a Dreamcast because I hated the controller. I would love to play Power Stone with a ps3 controller.

Jawknee
Jawknee
11 years ago

I actually had to sell my dreamcast because the controller was cramping up my hand to the point where I would wake up in the morning and my hand would be stuck in a certain position and it would take a few minutes before the cramp would subside. Never had that problem again after selling my dreamcast.

Robochic
Robochic
11 years ago

read lots of blogs on this and I hear some people complaining they want the B/C discs not this so we'll see if this is true in the next coming days hopefully.

Orvisman
Orvisman
11 years ago

I think Sony has to provide some form of software emulation if it wants to sell PS2 games on PSN, so I would assume Sony would allow you to play PS2 discs if you own them and sell the downloads to you if you don't.

xnonsuchx
xnonsuchx
11 years ago

Orvisman – And as Sony has said, that is NOT going to happen ("unless they can perfect it" is the possibly unsaid portion of that declaration). People who are saying Sony has an ulterior motive here simply so they can re-sell 're-compiled' PS2 games via PSN have little clue what they are talking about.

Orvisman
Orvisman
11 years ago

Yet, it is my understanding that you need some kind of B/C to be able to play PS1 games off PSN; so I am assuming you'll need the same thing to play PS2 games off PSN.

Furthermore, it would be bad PR if Sony had a solution for B/C that only allowed the end user to play PS2 games off PSN and not his/her own PS2 discs.

therabbitkinge
therabbitkinge
11 years ago

Wow if this manages to actually happen I can only imagine how my wallet will resent me in the coming months… im so sorry checking account T^T

Metallisnake
Metallisnake
11 years ago

Ooo sweet I would but many ps2 titles that I have missed like okami and shadow of collesus..bring this asap

www
www
11 years ago

Okami is a classic! One of the finest rpgs on the PS2.

Natalisrubbish
Natalisrubbish
11 years ago

I am definitely willing to wager this will come to fruition. They are almost bound to do this with the coming of the Holiday season.

Hezzron
Hezzron
11 years ago

I have a crap load of PS2 games already. I have no intention of filling up my HD and buying them again. If there's no PS2 disc BC, then they should let you download them for free by using some serial code from your old bought copies…….but that's a fat chance. Sony could easily do PS2 BC on the PS3, but they won't because there is a decent chance of making a few bucks by reselling their games to the Sony "juice" drinking fanboys. Why let people play their games for free why you can easily make a buck off of them again? Not as many people would buy and download Shadow Of The Colossus again if it were playable from their old PS2 disc. I hate purchasable DLC, full game or add-on.

bOnEs
bOnEs
11 years ago

yea, i have no intention of re-purchasing games i already own either… that was the draw to the b/c was we could re-play our favorite games on the PS3… selling them to me again is kind of a slap in the face… instead, i think i'll hook up my PS2 in the computer room to my SDTV because, PS2 games look very blurry in HD…

LegendaryWolfeh
LegendaryWolfeh
11 years ago

of course they're going to have b/c. they can't just give you ps2 games and only let the ps2 b/c ps3's play them. just because you downloaded them via psn doesn't mean they magically work, they have to have some type of software emulation unless they want to spent a crap load of money converting them to ps3 compatibility like they did with GoW

Alienange
Alienange
11 years ago

@ LegendaryWolfeh – Well yeah, but in the case of GoW Collection the "emulator" is built in. They could just keep doing that for each game and release them on PSN.

A real emulator that lets you play all your PS2 games on your PS3 would be MAJOR fan service by Sony. If they do it I promise to throw my 360 off my roof.


Last edited by Alienange on 9/22/2009 12:23:52 PM

Hezzron
Hezzron
11 years ago

@LegendaryWolfeh – BC from a PS2 disc and BC from selling downloadable versions of PS2 games are 2 very different things for the PS3. If Sony decides to have both, then that's swell…….but that is not what this article is implying.

Jawknee
Jawknee
11 years ago

See wolf, I'm thinking that any emulator they are working in will only allow you to play digital copies of the PS2 or DC games. Just because the PS3 will be able to emulate DC software doesn't mean we can't pop in a DC format disc and play it.

Orvisman
Orvisman
11 years ago

What Ben doesn't report on is the March release date for the new motion controllers in Japan and the creation of an "Import Games" tab on PSN.

Now the latter tidbit and the news that Yakuza 3 is coming west might indicate Yakuza 3 might be the first import title coming to PSN in this new store.

AshT
AshT
11 years ago

that's awesome….

Oxvial
Oxvial
11 years ago

So that God of War collection really needs the bc Sony?

Dreamcast Games? I would take Shenmue 1-2.

Natalisrubbish
Natalisrubbish
11 years ago

Wouldn't we all? haha

Lemon_Saint
Lemon_Saint
11 years ago

Shenmue was awesome … would also, oddly enough, like to see Seaman again …
Voice recognition + Evolving Pokemon-like character + Leonard Nimoy = one odd and rewarding experience!

Kiryu
Kiryu
11 years ago

Yes my dream might finally come true!
The Original Yakuza with Japanese voices and English Subtitles for download on PSN!!!
Shenmue 1 and 2 will be Awesome!!!

Nickjcal
Nickjcal
11 years ago

Man ps3 has really overcome the xbox. I used to have 360 but sold it because the ps3 started doing everything. If they start this this will be way better than lives games on demand crap.

Naga
Naga
11 years ago

It did that since day one

eLLeJuss
eLLeJuss
11 years ago

not really

bebestorm
bebestorm
11 years ago

Wow ps2 and dreamcast games…very impressive

chucknasty
chucknasty
11 years ago

I was going to pick up a Dreamcast just to play Skies of Arcadia but I may hold off now.

LimitedVertigo
LimitedVertigo
11 years ago

You can borrow mine for a few weeks.

Vivi_Gamer
Vivi_Gamer
11 years ago

Ough, i'd love Shenmue 1&2, i miss them.

outcelgeist
outcelgeist
11 years ago

SKIES OF ARCADIA

WorldEndsWithMe
WorldEndsWithMe
11 years ago

yeah!

Alienange
Alienange
11 years ago

That old GameCube game? <snicker>

BTNwarrior
BTNwarrior
11 years ago

well they already did this for tekken 5

Metallisnake
Metallisnake
11 years ago

I was thinking the same cause it was so easy all the did was put it to 1060p 60frames per scend and online content

DarthNemesis
DarthNemesis
11 years ago

Never saw the hype for BC and don't understand the hype for downloading outdated games.I bought the PS3 to play PS3 games.Seems like I am the only one who wants to keep going forward.

Jawknee
Jawknee
11 years ago

For me it's not a necessity but it's nice to have the option. I don't want to have more then he current gen consoles connected to my TV. A PS3 and a Wii is enough. Don't want to have my Super Nintendo, Gamecube, PS2 and Dreamcast out there too I still play some of those old games. Nice to have a Playstation that can play all of the Playstation's titles spanning generations and a Nintendo console that allows me to play dated Nintendo titles. I don't see that as moving backwards. It actually an improvement in hardware that's made that possible. Seems to me that's moving forward. Given you avatar, I don't think you'll have any hesitation in playing God of War on PS3 right?

www
www
11 years ago

LOL DarthNemesis your not alone. I also want to move forward but it'd be nice to download some classics you might have missed or basically want to replay.

outcelgeist
outcelgeist
11 years ago

Now I have an urge to play Mega Man 2.

Jawknee
Jawknee
11 years ago

Look around on eBay. You might be able to find the Megaman collection for PS2. It has MeganMan 1 through 8. Unless your PS3 isn't B/C.

outcelgeist
outcelgeist
11 years ago

Oh I have the anniversary collection. I popped it in a little bit after that comment.

Jawknee
Jawknee
11 years ago

Nice. Love MegaMan 2. I've been tempted to buy it for the iPhone but I don't think I will.

xnonsuchx
xnonsuchx
11 years ago

So if you've played chess once, there's no need to ever play it again???

Jawknee
Jawknee
11 years ago

This sounds like a good is idea but I think many who want real backwards compatibilty are going to be irked by this. It's almost like Sony is saying, "you can continue using your outdated PS2 to play your PS2 games in crappy video quality or you can pay us again for the same game and play it on your PS3 in digital format".

But then again I can't say I wouldn't be tempted to buy a digital copy of FFX and XII.

Anyone know if the PSP's hardware is capable of PS2 emulation? How awesome would it be to be able to play FFX on your fancy PSP Go.

LimitedVertigo
LimitedVertigo
11 years ago

I bought several PS1 titles that I already own simply becuase I was lazy and the 5.99 mark didn't seem that bad. It's convenient not having to take out my old PS1 games and use their disks.

I equate it to owning a certain music cd but still burning a duplicate and using the duplicate so the original stays in perfect condition.

I'm sure the PS2 titles will be rather expensive so I doubt I will purchase any of them unless there is added content or the ability to play on my psp.

Jawknee
Jawknee
11 years ago

With PS1 titles I don't mind so much because those are compatable with the PSP. its nice being able to take FFVII, MGS etc with me on my PSP. If PS2 compatabilty with the PSP never becomes a reality I don't see any benefit in paying Sony again for a digital copy that out weighs the cost. I do agree it's less of a hassle not having to keep your PS2 library along side your other games, or having to take them out anything you want to play them, I just don't know if the cost is worth it. Especially since the PS2 games will cost more then that 5.99 to 9.99 price point. I think this can work if Sony does it right.

I like your analogy to the cd burning. I guess though since I stopped burning CDs and now just rip them onto my iPod it's a bit different since I don't have to keep buying CDR's or pay the record company for a digital copy.


Last edited by Jawknee on 9/22/2009 12:48:52 PM

LimitedVertigo
LimitedVertigo
11 years ago

Torrents FTW 🙂

Jawknee
Jawknee
11 years ago

Ahh yes. Good ol Torrents.

jaybiv
jaybiv
11 years ago

b/c was a no brainer. otherwise, sony would be leaving a ton of money on the table with ps2 games on the psn. especially now that more folks are buying ps3s many former ps2 users.

Lord carlos
Lord carlos
11 years ago

Die hard arcade

Lemon_Saint
Lemon_Saint
11 years ago

NICE!