Sony: We Said No PS2 B/C For The PS3, And We Meant It
Ah well, perhaps we were hoping for too much. Sony did change their minds concerning their view of the force feedback option as a "last-gen feature" - yep, we got the Dual Shock 3 now - so we thought Sony might backtrack again on the backwards compatibility debate.
Several recent rumors began to support the idea that Sony might be wavering on their initial claim, the one that said they want to focus on the future and continue to keep PS2 b/c out of the PS3. Some sources claimed Sony was searching for PS2 emulation possibilities (the PS3 can play PS1 games, but it can no longer support PS2 software), but according to an e-mail they sent in reply to TheKoalition, this just isn't true. Here's the message that kills the speculation:
"When we removed backwards compatibility from PS3, we said that it would not be coming back as our priority was to make great next generation games. I am not sure where you are getting your information from, but at no point did we say that there would be some sort of emulation being brought to PS3. At no point has this strategy changed and therefore I can tell you that there are no plans to bring back backwards compatibility to PS3. I think you will agree that the list of 1st party exclusive games for PS3 is growing quickly and the quality of them is great. Games such as LittleBigPlanet, Motorstorm Pacific Rift, Resistance 2, GT5: Prologue and the up-coming Killzone 2 show that we are very serious about bringing exciting, innovative and fun games to PS3."
Bah. Oh well, that's why those of us with extensive PS2 libraries have a PS2 sitting next to the PS3, right? If you don't, we strongly suggest picking up one of those slim, sleek PS2s for only $130; it's a purchase you won't regret if you still love to play your old games. And when Sony said PS2 b/c for the PS3 was gone, they meant it.
1/26/2009 Ben Dutka