PS3 News: SCEJ Job Ad Hints At Backwards Compatibility For PS3, PS4? - PS3 News

Members Login: Register | Why sign up? | Forgot Password?

SCEJ Job Ad Hints At Backwards Compatibility For PS3, PS4?

Now, some of you with big PS2 libraries who didn't race out and get the original 60GB PlayStation 3 were probably disappointed; later models simply don't support PS2 titles. The 80GB only has partial backwards compatibility (it uses software emulation like the Xbox 360), and the more recent 40GB model has no b/c for PS2 games. But this doesn't mean Sony is completely ditching the idea of b/c for the future.

According to a recent job advertisement, Sony Computer Entertainment Japan is looking for a software engineer who can tackle backward compatibility for both the PS3 and "an unspecified next-gen console," so says Now, some are saying that unnamed console could be the PlayStation 4, but there's no real evidence to support that theory as of yet. But the ad does say the engineer will have to be able to "implement and optimize emulation software for PS1, PS2, PSP and PS3 games." Could Sony already be at a point where backwards compatibility is up for discussion on the PS4? And perhaps more importantly for the here and now, could full backwards compatibility for the PS3 make a triumphant return?

One of the biggest reasons the 40GB PS3 is so much cheaper than the original 60GB model is because it doesn't have the graphics synthesizer chip that allows for almost full PS2 software compatibility. It was simply too expensive an addition, so Sony nixed it and instead abandoned b/c for PS2 games. The 40GB model can still play PS1 games, but wouldn't it great to have a system that can play them all? Could the PS4 be fully b/c? That'd be one hell of a massive library upon launch, yes?

1/17/2008 Ben Dutka

Put this on your webpage or blog:
Email this to a friend
Follow PSX Extreme on Twitter

Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on Google Share on MySpace Share on Delicious Share on Digg Share on Google Buzz Share via E-Mail Share via Tumblr Share via Posterous

New Comment System

Legacy Comment System (0 posts)

There are no comments to display.

Leave a Comment

Please login or register to leave a comment.

Our Poll

How often do you visit the site?
Once a day
Several times a day
Every few days
Once a week
This is my first visit
I've never been here, even now I am not here

Previous Poll Results