Backwards compatibility coming to PS3?

One of the biggest criticisms that Sony receives about its PlayStation 3 console is the decision it made to remove backwards compatibility from its hardware. While early adopters benefited from being able to play PlayStation 2 titles on the PS3, new owners aren’t given that luxury.

However, today, Siliconera noticed that Sony Japan has filed a patent that shows schematics and designs for an external device that would allow for PS2 titles to be played with the PS3. The external device would be a standalone DVD drive with the emulation software and everything. Sadly, how cost effective can this honestly be? Who is going to pay any more than $40-50 for this add-on and would that be enough to justify the development costs as well?

Here is an image of the device below.

Readers Comments (11)

  1. Lets hope it’s affordable…

  2. It HAS to be cheaper than a PS2, right?

  3. I’d buy that if it was prized reasonably. I’ve been wishing to replay a lot of PS2 games, the best gen of games ever.

  4. Whatever happened to the whole using the cell processor for emulation thing?

  5. Even though I have a original 60gb PS3, on the rare times I play a PS2 game (NHL 2002,2003, or Mega Man Anniversary) I use my actual PS2 system.

    ~d

  6. Hopefully it’s less than $50. I wouldn’t mind paying for PS2 emulation.

  7. I hope this less than $50, a good price would probably be $15

  8. 19.99$ TOPS, more than that is more stupid than the PSP GO

  9. Well a DVD player is 20$ in a retail store so I would expect to be 40$ min. Well this doesn’t really concern me since I have the motorstorm 80 Gb ps3 that has emulation in it. Even that isn’t perfect. I would hope for more HD PS2 game remake like especially those classic RPGs. Those would look really good in HD :D.

  10. This will bring in hardware emulation right?

  11. I suppose they will announce it on TGS and also end the PS2’s life cycle.

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