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