When the PlayStation 3 was released Sony said they were committed to their fans, and wanted to make the transition for gamers moving from the PS2 to the new console as easy as possible. At the time PlayStation3’s had backwards compatibility, but this was removed with the launch of the 40GB model.
Robert MacNeroy of The GameHeadz is reporting that Sony said the reason for the backwards compatibility being removed was that the cost outweighed the benefit, and they planned to look for a new way for the feature to be included later in the systems life.
The site managed to have a chat with a spokesperson from Sony at a recent press event and was told that the company had a few ideas on the table. The idea of a firmware update was ruled out as it would cost the most to do, and almost every game would need specific emulation software.
The idea Sony are favoring is the HD ReMastering of classic games, and some of the industry’s biggest developers are already doing this to their best games. The plan is to gradually put every PS2 game onto PSN for download, and could start by Q3 of 2011.
This will enable gamers to enjoy their favorite games in HD, with 7.1 surround sound, Stereoscopic 3D and trophy support. What was your favorite PS2 game?