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Sony: “No plans to bring back Backwards Compatibility.”

Submitted by on Tuesday, 27 January 20094 Comments

playstation-2We touched upon it briefly in yesterday’s “What If …“, but it appears the perennial nugget of PS3 backwards compatibility with PS2 games via software emulation is destined to stay just that – back in the past.

You need a slide rule and a luncheon with Stephen Hawking to figure out which PS3 SKU plays PS2 games (we jest, it’s actually not that hard) so, if anything, we were hoping this rumour became a reality; if anything so we could simply discard our complex matrices depicting illicit and exclusive (to some) compatibility.

Read on for an official response (sent to The Koalition) which, once again, scuppers late-comers to the PS3 from playing the likes of Shadow of the Colossus on their black monoliths.

The Koalition decided to contact Sony regarding the recent spate of rumours regarding a software solution to the PS2 backwards compatibility issue and how it was, apparently, being actively looked into by Sony. And they got a response.

Thanks for your email

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.

Many thanks

There you have it. Consider this oft-discussed rumour officially debunked. Until the next time we start talking about it of course  or – who knows – the emulation software actually appears as a download on the PlayStation Store.