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January 23, 2009 // 8:44 pm - Today D3M0N2009 shared a video from earlier this month courtesy of sonyk0 via YouTube.

The video from DemonHades demonstrates that PS3 40GB Service Mode consoles can actually play PS2 games, but the feature isn't unlocked for the retail counterparts to date.

As most suspect, Sony has been working on a PS2 software emulator for quite some time (since Firmware 2.5x), so the question is really when and how they will introduce it publically.. perhaps via PSN Store PS2 title updates, or just include it in a Firmware update, etc.

Those interested can check out the video below, enjoy!

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#9 - idone - January 27, 2009 // 6:18 pm
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Quote Originally Posted by cilset View Post
I recently obtained one of the ps3 in this mode, does anybody know how to "exit" it?


There is no way "yet" to restore retail fw on these.
Quote Originally Posted by mgordonwillis View Post
I didn't think that the PS3 could play ps2 games!

All of the launch consoles could,... later it was taken out of the more recent models... but it's looking more and more like they will be adding it back through software emulation.

#8 - mgordonwillis - January 27, 2009 // 4:48 pm
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I didn't think that the PS3 could play ps2 games!

#7 - cilset - January 27, 2009 // 4:39 pm
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I recently obtained one of the ps3 in this mode, does anybody know how to "exit" it?


#6 - sekemc - January 25, 2009 // 4:29 am
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That's cool I wonder if it will have any extra features built into its emulator compared to what the PS3's with PS2 backwards computability have right now.

#5 - Warrorar - January 24, 2009 // 10:38 am
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hmm, im still wondreing how he gets this red windows "PS3 Factory/Service Mode"

when i activate my service mode i only get this windows where i can choose between 6 or 7 options. like retstore hdd and install firmware and so on.

can someone explain how he got that mode? or is this in private testing and gets later released for the public?

#4 - PS4 News - January 24, 2009 // 9:15 am
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He already did, right above your post. -Rep for stupidity.

Quote Originally Posted by CJPC View Post
It is real

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Cjpc can you confirm that this is true?

#3 - taladas20 - January 24, 2009 // 8:31 am
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I thought this was dismissed a month ago as being fake with everyone saying its a 60gig console. Cjpc can you confirm that this is true? Have any of your devs tried it?

#2 - CJPC - January 24, 2009 // 7:16 am
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It is real, however it was never "activated". That unit is a Factory/Service mode system, which are somewhat different from Retail PS3's. They can run without a hard disk drive, and do other "interesting" things, like play PS2 games via the emulator!

#1 - Chivafighter - January 24, 2009 // 7:01 am
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This was my earlier thread post, but this is more Official.

IDK, it seems fake for me, it just raises the question on how they "unlocked" the feature.