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Backwards Compatibility Returns To 40GB PS3 This October?

Rumor ahoy! We keep talking about the upcoming firmware update 2.40 for the PlayStation 3, hoping it will include the much anticipated in-game XMB and Trophies, but here's another future firmware possibility.

As most of you know, backwards compatibility has been slowly draining away from the PS3. The original 60GB model offered nigh-on full b/c for both PS1 and PS2 software, but the 80GB machine that showed up less than a year later offered PS1 b/c and only partial PS2 software emulation. The latest model, the 40GB, supports PS1 software but no PS2 software. Depending on your library, this may or may not be a problem for you, but either way, backwards compatibility may be returning. According to German game site InPlayStation, an October firmware update for the PS3 will bring full b/c for PS2 games. Now, Sony has said they plan to make PS2 games downloadable on the Network at some point, so perhaps this is a very plausible rumor.

However, October is a ways off, and it's unlikely that Sony will confirm this so soon. This won't stop us from contacting them about this rumor, though, and we'll let you know if they respond with anything besides the customary "no comment."

6/3/2008 Ben Dutka

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Comments (16 posts)

Kiengo
Tuesday, June 03, 2008 @ 10:15:19 PM
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This is awesome if it's true! Who wants to keep up with 15 bajillion consoles anyway?

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Fabi
Tuesday, June 03, 2008 @ 10:43:12 PM
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I sure hope so, too bad that's a very long time to wait to find out.

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aaronisbla
Tuesday, June 03, 2008 @ 10:47:00 PM
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you know... i thought it was a wee bit weird that my 40 giger gives me the option to make ps2 memory cards

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Bugzbunny109
Tuesday, June 03, 2008 @ 11:11:51 PM
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wow{ being sacarstic}

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screw_off
Tuesday, June 03, 2008 @ 11:29:16 PM
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This is good news... if you can call it that. I have two games... TWO TOTAL... that don't work on the PS3 80GB. I really don't care for playing them much though. Now that I think about it... I don't play any PS2 or PS games, only the PS3 stuff and watch me some Blu-Rays. But this is definatly a positive rumor for all PS3 owners (except those 60GB kids lol).

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zbug06
Tuesday, June 03, 2008 @ 11:59:20 PM
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i have a 60 gig and came across a couple ps2 games that wouldn' work. dont know if it was the games or the system

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ThePoetRazel
Wednesday, June 04, 2008 @ 2:06:02 AM
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I've heard this rumor numerous times on IRC. The rumor's given date changes every time i hear it. lol

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Mystearica
Wednesday, June 04, 2008 @ 7:35:30 AM
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I HOPE this happens!!! Definitely would be the best thing to happen since I got a huge PS2 Library >.....<

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Xanavi23
Wednesday, June 04, 2008 @ 8:26:18 AM
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This is exactly why im really happy i have the first spec 20GB PS3...i have full backwards compabality....hell i tell you man, playing Gran Turismo 1 and 2 really takes you back.

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ZubraZap
Wednesday, June 04, 2008 @ 3:41:19 PM
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I bought my PS3 to play PS3 games.

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Snowman8807
Wednesday, June 04, 2008 @ 5:47:18 PM
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like zubra-zap said, ps2 is old news, its time for the newq sh*t. ps3 is the future, not ps2. i mean yeah it would be great to be able to play ps2 on ps3, but who really cares, if you still have a ps2 quit your bi*chin! besides who really even plays that stuff anymore, its old news. people its time to get with the program.

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ThePoetRazel
Wednesday, June 04, 2008 @ 5:57:37 PM

I just finished replaying MGS3 for the 50th time. It may be a PS2 title but it still out strips many 7th generation titles in a variety of areas.
There are plenty of other great titles that are worth replaying and revisiting.
Just because there is something newer it doesn't mean the older stuff is insignificant.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Wednesday, June 04, 2008 @ 6:45:58 PM
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Not surprisingly, our contact at Sony has said there is no news on this right now. Sorry, guys.

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somethingrandom
Wednesday, June 04, 2008 @ 7:11:08 PM
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I feal sorry for all the people who cheaped out and didn't get the 60gb. If I ever feel like pulling out an old ps2 title it works. What was the point of the 20gb, 40gb, and 80gb anyway?

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Xanavi23
Wednesday, June 04, 2008 @ 7:44:59 PM

the 20GB has 4 USB slots unlike the 40GB and its the fully packed non budget cut version = the first largest blu-ray chip. as well as having FULL PS1 and PS2 backwards compatibility = i have a PS1, PS2in a PS3, the memory is small but that can always be swapped out later.

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phade2blaq
Monday, July 28, 2008 @ 2:25:52 PM
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I sure hope this is true because I have tons of PS2 titles that I still enjoy playing if my PS2 hadn't died on me !

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