Full PS2 B/C For PS3 Via Firmware Update "In Next Few Weeks?"
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.
7/1/2009 John Shepard