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PS3 PSJailbreak Update: Did Sony remove PS2 Gaming on Purpose?

We have some interesting news to bring you now, as the team behind PSJailbreak have stated that a forthcoming update will allow the USB device to play PS2 games on the PS3 console – what is going on Sony?

As translated from German website PS3Inside.de, PSJailbreak is set to receive an update, with the biggest feature being the Backup Manager v1.1. According to the website, the update will ‘enable’ PS2 gaming, despite the fact that Sony seemingly killed off PS2 gaming on the PS3 ages ago (unless you have an original 60GB of course).

I guess the question that really needs to be asked here is, did Sony keep PS2 Backwards Compatibility on the PS3 all along? As it would seem a pretty big job if the hackers have put PS2 gaming on there from scratch – don’t you think? Speculation is mounting that Sony didn’t remove PS2 support from the PS3, but rather disable it, allowing consumers to focus on their lineup of PS3 software.

Just so you know, the update to PSJailbreak is also set to bring a collection of other useful features, including the support to use ‘any’ firmware. Head over to PS3Inside.de for full details on this.

Let us know if you have anything to share on this mystery.

Written by Alan Ng

Alan has been working for Product-Reviews since 2009 and became the Editor-in-chief in 2014. He has a passion for technology, the latest mobile phones and gadgets, and the gaming industry. Alan is a graduate of Canterbury Christ Church University and completed a B.A in Commercial Music in 2008. While expressing a keen interest in all areas that PR cover, you'll usually find Alan in the gaming section, where he'll be keeping enthusiasts up to date on all the latest news and reviews for consoles and PC.

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suckered by sony

screw ps2 i want linux and an nes emulator on my 3.56 slim yaarrrrrggghhhhh

Daniel G
Daniel G

The fine folks at Sony filed a patent for PS2 emulation on PS3. Thats just one of my many requests from Sony, like: Sly Cooper 4, Remastered PS1 games, Patches for the classic games (Just pop in Spyro 2, and patch that opening video problem, right?), Madworld for PS Move (I guess that's a Sega issue) and while they're working on that PS2 emulation…Dreamcast backwards compatibility (I can dream can't I? And maybe Saturn emulation, too!)

kjhjghkghk
kjhjghkghk

wow, u've finally realized? sony has even said they disabled it because "people mainly want the ps3 to play ps3 games with" which means that they want you to pay for the downloadable ps2 games.

me
me

It is common knowledge in the scene that they dumped ps2 hardware compat for software emulation, which they removed all together starting with 40gb model. All firmware updates have had the PS2 software emu in the file, for the models that supported it.

it is by no means 100% compatible. I believe it was 60-70% compatible.

But it is there…., and they are just re-enabling it. Talk was that it was deliberately disabled so people would still by PS2 machines.

Zipper
Zipper

Until I see evidence, I'm going to call bullshit on this claim.

Frosty
Frosty

PS2 had 4MB of EDRAM for it's video memory. while a pitiful amount, EDRAM has one big advantage over conventional memory… it's amazingly fast. That's why PS2 was so good at doing things like particles, because it had an amazingly fast fill rate thanks to that EDRAM. PS3 uses GDDR3 for it's frame buffer (but has 256 mb's of it, allowing room for all that HD goodness), and as such has nowhere near the fillrate PS2 enjoyed. even 360's fillrate, with it's 10mb of EDRAM, doesn't enjoy the same advantage since it has to fill a lot more pixels (HD)… Read more »

Your Mom
Your Mom

Needs more detail. Are they playing backed up PS2 games on PS3s that play PS2 games or are they able to pop a PS2 disc into a non-backwards compatible PS3 and play.

There is a MASSIVE difference there.

Guest
Guest

Sony needed PS2's hardware to have a decent PS2 emulation on the PS3. PS2's Emotion Engine & Graphics Synthesizer for 20/60gb PS3 to PS2's Graphics Synthesizer for 80gb PS3 to just taking it out for all the models after that. I really don't think seamless PS2 Software Emulation for all PS2 games is possible on PS3 unless you have some PS2 based hardware like the Emotion Engine or you recode the game itself like PS2 HD Classics. Even if PS2 software Emulation is possible on PS3, It won't match the quality of what a Remastered PS2 HD Classic has to… Read more »

Noob
Noob

I don't know everything about the PS3, but from having taken apart almost every fat Sony model, I can tell you that they all don't have the EE Emotion Engine, except the 2 dedicated models. If the PSJailbreak team says they can make it play PS2 games, it is probably done through an emulator app.

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