Surprise, surprise, after my report earlier on the brand new CECH-3000 model, i missed some bits of interesting piece on Sony’s Japan official website. Recently, a report has discovered an added PS2 compatibility feature on the translated page of the new PS3 slim console. Specifically it says in the notes at the bottom of the CECH-3000B model page that:
“This product, “PlayStation 2″ are having a compatibility with proprietary software.”
It could just be a bad mistranslation from Google, or it may be Sony bringing back backwards compatibility now that their team of engineers know how to do it in software for PS3.
Or, they pay Cobra USB for the code which the Chinese dongle maker would take because they’re cheap.
PS2 compatibility came as standard on the original PS3 due to the inclusion of the Emotion Engine chip. But with the revamped design on the new models, that chip was removed and with it, the PS2 video games compatibility gone.
Bringing back PS2 compatibility would be a great move for Sony. Their PR kind of, heading towards the bottom lately due to their breached PSN security, and they had already disappoint a lot of hardcore gamers as well as their long time users by removing the ability to play PS2 games from the PS3. Giving it a new life again on PS3 would be another feature Sony could promote with, and those still in love with their library of PS2 games might decide to sell their current PS3 console and get this new one instead.
We can expect for some announcements as Sony will confirm whether or not PS2 compatibility is included with the system later on as more mainstream news sites start asking about it. My gut feeling is this feature is indeed what we’re be looking forward to in the future, and I’m hoping it stays as it is.
UPDATE: soulbicycle, a Japanese PS3 user has confirmed that the correct translation is “This product, “PlayStation 2″ are having a compatibility “without” proprietary software.” So yeah, we won’t see a PS2 backward compatibility after all..