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Rumor: PS2 Software Emulator Coming to Sony's PlayStation 3


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325w ago - To compliment an article from earlier today, a member of NeoGAF known as mephesta claims he was told by a Sony rep that they may be eventually be putting out a PS2 emulator for the PlayStation 3 console.

Apparently, as the PS2 has about one year left on its life cycle, we shouldn't expect Sony to develop anything new with regards to backwards compatibility.. and they will just go out and get a PS2 emulator to put in future consoles.

To quote: The rumor comes from NeoGAF member Meph who recounts what was told to him by a Sony representative (openly described as a 'tool'). The story goes that Sony might be willing to buy a PlayStation 2 emulator for the future.

"He mentioned that since the PS2 has just 1 year left on its life-cycle not to expect them to develop anything new with regards to backwards compatibility," says Meph.

"He then leans in and lowers his voice, as if to tell me some deep dark secret and mentions that Sony may be willing to potentially buy a PS2 emulator to put in future consoles."

Rumor: PS2 Software Emulator Coming to Sony's PlayStation 3

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#15 - idone - 324w ago
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They are completely miss informed, maybe they are thinking of the original 80gb that could, but there is no update to make the new 80gb or 40gb ones play ps2 titles.

#14 - myrideruk - 324w ago
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Hey ever1 new here, just reading through, and thought this might help:

http://www.gamepro.com/forums/topic/3849271/the-new-80-gig-ps3-can-actually-play-ps2-games

dunno if the guys are right but its worth a shot, apparantly they saying only the new 80gig model and the old 60gig model play ps2 titles no 40gig model can, I gonna try this later on my 80gig, gonna get the update from PSN.

#13 - ShArKoLo - 324w ago
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Quote Originally Posted by jphoenix View Post
Having gone and bought a 60G model when they first landed, I am happy to have a good success rate with compatibility, some games won't work, but most (singstar for the wife) do very well.

Year later, and I got a 160G model, cut down hardware and cheaper than my original 60g. While I now have to note what I can and can't run on this machine, the 60G is our main unit for media streaming and main gameplay ( waiting for PlayTV in NZ).

I will be more than glad if they release a firmware update that includes backwards compatibility for non-hardware compatible units.

Having the advantage of playing my PS2 titles on any machine is great and I look forward to that day.

Obliviusly it would be a great move by Sony.

Unfortunately, it's only a rumor: let's hope it will become an official news...

#12 - jphoenix - 324w ago
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Having gone and bought a 60G model when they first landed, I am happy to have a good success rate with compatibility, some games won't work, but most (singstar for the wife) do very well.

Year later, and I got a 160G model, cut down hardware and cheaper than my original 60g. While I now have to note what I can and can't run on this machine, the 60G is our main unit for media streaming and main gameplay ( waiting for PlayTV in NZ).

I will be more than glad if they release a firmware update that includes backwards compatibility for non-hardware compatible units.

Having the advantage of playing my PS2 titles on any machine is great and I look forward to that day.

#11 - adrianc1982 - 325w ago
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Quote Originally Posted by jamesb2147 View Post
Suggested reading: http://kotaku.com/308467/sony-could-run-bc-on-40gb-ps3s-they-just-dont-want-to

Three version. **Listed here in order of release**
1) Both Emotion Engine and modified GPU included
2) Emotion Engine emulated in real time by Cell, GPU included
3) NO internal PS2 hardware

So no, it is not as easy as releasing it. Remember, Sony wants PS3 to be profitable above all else.


Your statement made me reread the wikis and yes it seems you are right.

Like the South Korean and European models, the North American 80 GB model also excludes the PlayStation 2 "Emotion Engine" CPU chip.[59] However, it still keeps the "Graphics Synthesizer" GPU.

So yes, its doesnt have the emotion engine the old 80gb models but carry the original GPU. So I guess they need to look for a way to emulate that gpu fully in order to make it work or rewrite a complete emulator to run ps2 games.

However current ps2 emulators most likely are written for intel processors and the ps3 is a cell processor so porting it will be really hard plus getting the games to run correctly would require an awful lot of work.

#10 - jamesb2147 - 325w ago
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Quote Originally Posted by adrianc1982 View Post
Wrong there, the old 80gb model and the new 40 and 80gb models are the exact same machines only different software or firmware on them.


Suggested reading: http://kotaku.com/308467/sony-could-run-bc-on-40gb-ps3s-they-just-dont-want-to

Three version. **Listed here in order of release**
1) Both Emotion Engine and modified GPU included
2) Emotion Engine emulated in real time by Cell, GPU included
3) NO internal PS2 hardware

So no, it is not as easy as releasing it. Remember, Sony wants PS3 to be profitable above all else.

#9 - sorceror - 325w ago
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Quote Originally Posted by mateuszss View Post
Maybe they were talking about PCSX2 and converting it to PS3 app


Which would be pointless, unfortunately. Whoever said this "buy a PS2 emulator" thing originally didn't know what they were talking about. To get a PS2 emulator to run on a PS3, it would need to be built for the Cell, not the Intel-type chips. The PS2's hardware was pretty unusual from what I understand, specialized and hard to emulate well. Getting it to run fast requires clever coding tuned to the underlying hardware.

Only Sony (or possibly a studio that had done a lot of professional PS2 and PS3 development) could write a workable software-only PS2 emulator for the PS3.

#8 - adrianc1982 - 325w ago
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Quote Originally Posted by ArtVandelae View Post
They are talking about a full software PS2 emulator that runs on all PS3 systems across the board. The 20/60GB PS3s basically had an entire PS2 in them. The 80GB PS3 dropped the PS2 CPU for software emulation but kept the PS2 GPU on board. The 40GB has neither and thus would need full software emulation.


Wrong there, the old 80gb model and the new 40 and 80gb models are the exact same machines only different software or firmware on them. Sony already has the emulator no need to get a new one, just sell the existing one through psn store and lets end this nightmare and have some titles on the psn store.

#7 - F4b10 - 325w ago
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Quote Originally Posted by ArtVandelae View Post
They are talking about a full software PS2 emulator that runs on all PS3 systems across the board. The 20/60GB PS3s basically had an entire PS2 in them. The 80GB PS3 dropped the PS2 CPU for software emulation but kept the PS2 GPU on board. The 40GB has neither and thus would need full software emulation.

As far as i know since the 80gb model the emulation was full software, no gpu or other ps2 part onboard. so the only difference between 80 and 40 should be only in the access of the system to the emulation side of the firmware. could be interesting to know if a debug console can play ps1/2 games as native or via debug tools (hidden in the retail consoles)

#6 - ArtVandelae - 325w ago
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Quote Originally Posted by adrianc1982 View Post
This has to be the worst rumor or at least half of it ive heard. Sony has a great emulator running already in the ps3(at least us the 80gb old models) for the ps2. The only thing sony has to do is make it available to all ps3 with a firmware upgrade or make it a buyable option out of the psn store.


They are talking about a full software PS2 emulator that runs on all PS3 systems across the board. The 20/60GB PS3s basically had an entire PS2 in them. The 80GB PS3 dropped the PS2 CPU for software emulation but kept the PS2 GPU on board. The 40GB has neither and thus would need full software emulation.







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