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Rumor Clarification: PS2 Emulator Already Exists In 80GB PS3

Okay, this is a rumor report with a little clarification on PSXE's part.

The headline that's sweeping the Internet is, "PS2 Emulator Downloadable for PS3?" which seems relatively straightforward on the surface. VideoGameCentral issued a product description of Sony's next-gen machine (the 80GB model), and in it, they say- (PS2 Games can be played when downloading Sonys PS2 emulator software online). GamersPlatform picked up on this and things escalated from there, but we think everyone is blowing this a little out of proportion. First of all, when we say "emulation," we're not talking about the illegal kind; we're talking about software emulation; what Microsoft uses in the Xbox 360 to allow certain original Xbox titles to play. Secondly, we have to remember the PS3's history. The original 60GB model featured the graphics synthesizer chip, which enabled nearly full backwards compatibility for both PS2 and PS1 games. No model after the 60GB had this chip; Sony moved to - you guessed it - software emulation with the 80GB model.

Hence, we don't think that product description tells us something we don't already know. Sony uses software emulation in the 80GB PS3 to allow many PS2 games to play. However, here's the big question: are they talking about the old 80GB PS3, or the new 80GB PS3, recently unveiled at E3? The new one wasn't supposed to have b/c of any kind, so this rumor is worthy if that's the machine in question. But the product description comes from a retail bundle that seemingly includes the old 80GB model, so...we're just gonna have to say, from our end: rumor busted.

10/4/2008 Ben Dutka

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Comments (17 posts)

www
Saturday, October 04, 2008 @ 10:53:35 AM
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Ben,don't really understand "from our end: rumor busted.",does it mean it's a lie?
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I wonder why dat ps2/ps1 internal memory card still shows in the games section,am aware the 80gb plays ps1 games,which i have nun but all the same b/c is not soooo important to me since ma original 60gb aint even tasted a ps2 disc.The fact dat it still shows makes me feel dat emulator is possible.

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Pavex
Saturday, October 04, 2008 @ 11:02:52 AM
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rumour busted= LIE! right dude!

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robinhood2010
Saturday, October 04, 2008 @ 12:22:53 PM
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not a lie! it has been misconstrued.

and if it IS coming to the new model, I assume all previous models will get it too.
Man, I would love that, seeing as I have 40GB.

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HUSO
Saturday, October 04, 2008 @ 12:30:53 PM
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Optional B/C is how it should have been done from the very beginning. It would have lead to a cheaper console and for those who wanted to play PS2 games, they could just download the emulator at a price and play their games. If the developers put a lil more effort into it i'm sure almost all PS2 games that have been released could be made playable by software emulation.

So it seems like a very possible rumor.

BTW could some one pls tell me which region PS2 DVDs will run on a HongKong PS3?? so far its a no no with PAL EU Games.

Last edited by HUSO on 10/4/2008 12:35:58 PM

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tlpn99
Saturday, October 04, 2008 @ 12:40:37 PM
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I have the UK PAl 60GB b/c version with I think it is emulated as the 80GB had full b/c but that was not available for us in UK/Europe.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Saturday, October 04, 2008 @ 1:04:42 PM
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I have the older 80gb and I wasn't clear on this either. Here's what happened: people were complaining that Soul Calibur IV's graphics weren't much better than III, I didn't buy it so I took a little trip back in time and popped III into my PS3. While I was right and SCIII's graphics are pitiful compared to IV's, the friggin' game ran so slow I couldn't play! Perhaps its a software emulator issue. I can't profess to have all this clear in my head yet but that may well be.

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AceTatsujin
Saturday, October 04, 2008 @ 2:07:44 PM
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Buy a PS2 and you'll be fine.

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Scarecrow
Saturday, October 04, 2008 @ 11:18:00 PM

Tell me 'bout it
The whining of no BC is really UNFOUNDED when the ps2 is readily available and much more suited to play ps1 and ps2 games.

I'll never understand the BC craziness lol

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djjake
Saturday, October 04, 2008 @ 2:11:13 PM
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i don't get it, its a program that makes the ps3 run ps2 games on the american 80gb? why can't they do that on all ps3's? or if not allow you to download it from the store

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MirrorSoul
Saturday, October 04, 2008 @ 3:37:36 PM
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OoOoOoOoO Rumor Busted lol

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Dingodial
Saturday, October 04, 2008 @ 3:43:11 PM
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why could't they have this for the 160 gb.? Or the previous 40 gb.? heck, they should have this already installed on all PS3's.

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LightShow
Saturday, October 04, 2008 @ 4:06:36 PM
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if its software, i'm not sure how it would cost more to include it, vs leaving the emu out.

its not a physical part that costs money to ship and apply, its just a piece of software.

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ceedot
Saturday, October 04, 2008 @ 10:04:51 PM
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It's in a cd that you can obtain. It's all software based, and not anything to do with hardware.

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orangpelupa
Saturday, October 04, 2008 @ 10:25:28 PM
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if this is true, this will e a good news for PS3 40Gigs owners.

40GB PS3 don't have any BC.
80GB PS3 have partial BC
60GB PS3 have full BC

since 80Gigs partial BC, sony already use software emulation

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Jed
Saturday, October 04, 2008 @ 10:52:35 PM
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This particular instance does not sound viable, but I really think it would be good for sony if they could let people to choose to have the ps2 emulator. I think abandoning b/c is a really bad move.

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Ivan_PSP
Sunday, October 05, 2008 @ 2:34:47 AM
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I have a PlayStation 2 and a 60GB PLAYSTATION 3. I doubt Sony will add backwards compatibility to those models which don't support PS2. Because PS2 is still selling very good. If they add PS2 support to those model their will be no need to buy a PS2 if you buying a PS3 is just business. In the future i know they will release a firmware with PS2 software emulation. They are making a lot of money with PS2 and also they are putting PS2 to compete with the Wii.

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camaro300zx
Sunday, October 05, 2008 @ 8:56:32 AM
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I have the original PSX, a 100GB PS2, and a 60GB PS3, all hooked to my HDTV. So i'm not missing a thing and all this hoopla is ridiculous.

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