PS3 Getting Downloadable PS2 Games, Says Sega; Imports and Dreamcast Titles Possible

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Though Sony has definitively stated that PlayStation 2 backwards compatibility is "not coming back" to the PlayStation 3, an internal document that recently appeared on publisher Sega's FTP claims that Sony is preparing a "PS2 emulator for PS3."

"SCEA wants to sell all PS2 titles on PSN," reads the document, which provides notes on an August 5th meeting between Sony Computer Entertainment America and Sega.

Elsewhere in the document, it's said that Sony is considering "a special Japanese Import section (pricing $9.99 to $39.99 for full game)" for the online marketplace.

Sega also made note of its intent to sell downloadable Dreamcast games, with talk of possible "exclusivity" for certain titles suggesting that some of the re-releases will appear on other platforms, such as Xbox Live.

The relevant portions of the document, which briefly popped up on Objectif-Sega and was subsequently noticed by NeoGAF, can be found below.

Should you be interested in the full thing, look no further than this link.

PS2 emulator for PS3 (confidential)
  • SCEA wants to sell all PS2 titles on PSN (GTA Vice City/Sonic/etc)
  • For co Marketing money show PS3 controller on TV ads - similar to EA Madden Spots, NCAA, etc...
DC Digital Titles
  • If we provide a list of DC titles SCEA will let us know which ones they're interested in having exclusively.
  • If we give them a long period of exclusivity they'll give us more marketing support.
Yakuza
  • Could put Japanese games directly on PSN for download in a special Japanese Import section (pricing $9.99 to $39.99 for full game).
  • Might need to localize menus at least with subtitles.
  • SCEA interested in helping on MKTG side if they can have period of exclusivity.

From The Chatty

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    September 22, 2009 7:35 AM

    sooo, drop backwards compatibility and make everyone re-buy their old games? Am i reading that correctly?

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      September 22, 2009 7:37 AM

      Pretty much, just like Microsoft and Nintendo.

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        September 22, 2009 7:43 AM

        Um...not quite. Nintendo hasn't cut off back comp for GC or sold any Gamecube titles on wiiware yet. But good try though.

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          September 22, 2009 7:55 AM

          That post was probably referring to the DSi, which no longer supports GBA carts.

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            September 22, 2009 8:04 AM

            They had to do that eventually. The GBA had BC with the original Gameboy, and that was cut when the DS arrived, it can't go back forever.

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            September 22, 2009 9:18 AM

            So did I miss an announcement where they started selling GBA games over the DSi network thing?

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              September 22, 2009 10:48 AM

              wasn't that announced a few days ago?

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                September 22, 2009 10:50 AM

                haha... no never mind, it was an announcement I read on slashdot on homebrew development.

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          September 22, 2009 8:03 AM

          And I'm pretty sure all of the xbox 1 games you can buy online are also playable on the 360 if you have the disk.

          Hopefully Sony will allow people to still play whatever PS2 games they have on disk (and that are supported by this emulation) on the PS3 without the need to re-buy them online.

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          September 22, 2009 8:43 AM

          or you know, NES, SNES, N64 games that we've all already bought, resold on the VC?

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            September 22, 2009 9:17 AM

            Oh! I am unaware of the version of Wii that allowed you to plug in 20 year old cartridges that Nintendo decided to scrap.

            You do realize that we are talking about the PS3, which used to have backwards compat with PS2 games, but now doesn't, which allows them to resell PS2 games on a system that used to allow PS2 games on it for free. Right? Because the Wii still does allow Gamecube games to be played on it, for free..that's something nintendo hasn't taken away, hence why it isn't the SAME ISSUE.

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            September 22, 2009 10:23 AM

            But they didn't drop backwards compatibility and then introduce download. They just said, "Here's some old games."

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      September 22, 2009 7:37 AM

      You are! What do you think of that, drnen??

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      September 22, 2009 7:39 AM

      makes sense... also ps3 dropped hulu support wtf

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        September 22, 2009 7:40 AM

        corporations love crippleware. imagine the things we could have today if it wasn't for capitalism :P

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          September 22, 2009 7:52 AM

          You mean like nationwide poverty, horrid healthcare, and big brother?

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          September 22, 2009 8:00 AM

          Things like entertainment wouldn't be around without capitalism. You think people are going to make video games being paid with sunshines and rainbow farts?

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          September 22, 2009 8:04 AM

          Work without reward makes everything turn to shit.

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            September 22, 2009 8:12 AM

            i think some of the best products were made from inspiration, not money

            • Ebu
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              September 22, 2009 9:33 AM

              Invented != made

              Someone would come up with the idea, but without a way to monetize it, nobody will manufacture them on a scale large enough to make them affordable.

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          September 22, 2009 9:22 AM

          I don't remember any videogames coming out of the Soviet Union or current day communist China. Everyone who plays videogames should thank God for capitalism.

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            September 22, 2009 11:23 AM

            only the greatest game ever did.... tetris! lol

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            November 13, 2009 7:45 AM

            What about the game 'Tetris'? Oh, yeah it was not a game..huh?

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      September 22, 2009 8:13 AM

      hmm.. id like to see some kind of protection for the consumer here.. i just dont know how to argue my case. I guess no one could say that sony HAD to ever include backwards compatibility in the first place, but the fact that they DROPPED it and slid this resell mechanism into its place is a bit unsettling.. a bit unsettling indeed.

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        September 22, 2009 12:05 PM

        Oh, I agree. It's irritating, but I can understand it. I was more arguing against the "capitalism is evil" statements that I see more and more. It would be nice if Sony was willing to offer BC or a trade in for these games - but if they don't that's not an example of capitalism being bad, it may just have to do with internal costs, or something of that nature. If you aren't willing to give them the benefit of doubt, it may be greed, but that's still not due to capitalism.

        Also, this is a leak, so we really don't know if this is confirmed, and or how it will be implemented. I think the best policy would be to wait until they roll something out and then scream if their actions warrant it.