A report from Japanese mag Ultra One has suggested that the PS3 will have a built-in PS2 chipset for backwards compatibility rather than using software emulation.
If true, this is good news for anyone who likes to keep in touch with their retro gaming side – the chip would virtually guarantee that the PS3 will be compatible with every PS2 game from the off.
This would contrast with the plight of the Xbox 360, which decided to take the emulation road and went spinning off into a mound of software-based problems. It does now, though, play over 200 old Xbox games.
Sony told us that it could not comment on the magazine’s claim, but underlines that, either way, the console will play all of your old games.
It’s unlikely that the company would want to foot the bill of installing the whole of the PS2’s architecture in its new console, although Ultra One has suggested that this hardware will be removed once it has finished its software emulator.
We’re not bothered either way, as long as we don’t get told we can play the old Tom Clancy Splinter Cell series, only to have it taken away because the software’s shafted (story here).