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PS2 Classics Soon Available On PSN?

Those with large PS2 libraries weren't happy to learn the 40GB PS3 wouldn't support any backwards compatibility for PS2 software, and there has been some question as to whether or not b/c will ever return. The much-rumored 120GB PS3 could still be on the way, and it might just boast the return of PS2 software b/c, but it seems unlikely. Instead, PlayStation Network director Eric Lempell has said there are "possibilities" that Sony will start a program that will let users download PS2 titles from the Store.

According to this month's EGM, Lempell answered in regards to the backwards compatibility question- "We haven't talked about that yet, but there are possibilities through technology and software emulation to make that possible." Now of course, this makes a great deal of sense. The Xbox Classics for the 360 are already in effect, and we've been able to purchase and download PS1 titles on the Store for quite some time now. On the other hand, this doesn't really help those aforementioned gamers with big PS2 libraries...what, you want us to buy all our games again? When the copies we already paid for are sitting right next to us in our living room? We don't really like that idea, but it's great if we're talking about PS2 titles we don't own.

We're still awaiting any news regarding the new PS3 model, and maybe then, we'll learn more about Sony's future plans concerning backwards compatibility for PS2 software. We'll let you know what we find.

2/13/2008 Ben Dutka

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The Cheat
Wednesday, February 13, 2008 @ 11:08:32 PM
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I'm glad i have a 60gb model, I could never just give up all my ps2 games. But having the chance to download new games from the online store seems like a great opportunity!

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Warukyure [Power User]
Wednesday, February 13, 2008 @ 11:36:04 PM
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Knowing Sony, its probably gonna only be first party games like Wild Arms 3, ICO, GT3, etc. (Well, for North America at least...) I don't see why Sony America and Sony Europe do so little for their respective regions PSN. Every time I see the update list for Japan, I go "Why can't we have things like that?". Like Nintendo is pushing VC games like crazy yet Sony is like "maybe we'll have 1 or 2 games, maybe..."

They have a large library of games they can add. Even if its just their first party games.

Hey, if they ever put Gran Turismo 1 on the PSN, maybe that can be the GT PSP they've been going on forever about. (That's a joke btw.)

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bamf
Thursday, February 14, 2008 @ 6:21:16 PM

I also wish SOny added more games than 1 or 2 a week consistantly. Maybe its just that it much more difficult being that each game probably goes through testing and they're are much bigger file size (700 mb) compared to the games that Nintendo offer. I put thousands of snes, nes, GBA, Genisis, master system, turbo Gfx and I think others all on one cd. All those nintnedo games from the snes and nes will probably work straight away on the Wii and you can gey custom Wii's to allow this and more.

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fatchad420
Thursday, February 14, 2008 @ 1:58:47 AM
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Well it couldn't hurt so go sony.

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dillonthebunny
Thursday, February 14, 2008 @ 2:06:24 AM
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yeh, cant wait!! God Of War 2 anyone???

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Darth Koth
Thursday, February 14, 2008 @ 5:28:44 AM
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Thing is I already own GOW2, if I had a 40gig I'd be pissed if I had to buy a game I already own just so I can play it on my current machine, and who knows a lot of us may end up with 40gig's if our current models break down out of warranty. Im not so sure about this one

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dillonthebunny
Thursday, February 14, 2008 @ 8:17:39 AM
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lol... but theres going to be loads of games we all own that we wouldnt want on the PSN for that reason.

already i own PS1 games that ive had to buy on the PSN just so i can run them on my psp... why cant they just release an emu rip program just for use on official PS1 black disks?



imo they would have to start putting many PS2 titles on the psn just to counter all those with the games in their collection.
many more us us still own PS2 games than PS1 games, so the problem of them releasing PS2 games that we all have is far greater than PS1 ones.

..if that makes sense.

i would love something like FFX or even FFXI seeing as that one never made it to the UK!

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Warukyure [Power User]
Thursday, February 14, 2008 @ 10:51:21 AM
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I thought that FFXI was released in the EU. You could get the PC version if you can't find it for the PS2 anymore.

In case you're confused, thats the online final fantasy.

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Zapix
Thursday, February 14, 2008 @ 1:02:17 PM
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As Dillon hinted, FFXI wasn't released for the PS2 in the Europe. The PC and XBOX360 versions were released both at the same time if I recall their opening day and the sudden burst of new players, lag, the economy going out of wack, and SE's usual servers crashing because they changed something. Since PS3 can make use of it now, amazed they never got it.

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