The current leak comes via
the Sega of America FTP website. Published notes from a meeting with
Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) that took place August 5th
were temporarily available on the SEGA
PR FTP site; the document "scea_meeting_aug_5th_notes_bh.doc" has
since been pulled from the FTP site, but several copies were
downloaded before it was removed. Announcements were made about
several upcoming games and potential console bundles for both the PSP
and PS3, but the most interesting parts are Sony's plans for a PS3
motion controller, PS2 emulation on the PS3, and even Dreamcast
titles on the PlayStation Network.
The meeting minutes refer
to Sony's upcoming motion-sensing device as a "motion
controller" indicating that it will more closely resemble
Nintendo's Wii Remote rather than Microsoft's Project
Natal. Sega's "Virtua Tennis" is indicated as a piece
of software that would "work well" with the device. Plans
are to launch the device in spring of 2010, with plans to offer a
bundle with PS3 hardware and projected sales of 4-5 million units
Tagged as "Confidential" in the minutes
is the "PS2 Emulator for PS3" heading, beneath which
can be found quite possibly the most significant leak of the entire
memo - SCEA's intent to offer the entire range of PS2 titles via the
PlayStation Network. There is no mention of an ability to play
disc-based PS2 titles, but the presence of an emulator on the PS3
hardware at least gives it the potential for the future.
Dreamcast titles such as Rez, Ikaruga, and Soul Caliber have appeared
on XBLA in the past, but Sony appears to be seeking exclusivity for
Dreamcast titles, with promises of marketing support in exchange for
The full content of the meeting minutes can
be found circulating the Internet; neither SCEA nor SEGA have made
any official response to the leaks at this time.
quote: So I can't play one of the fifty PS2 games I own on PS3, but I can buy them again to play on the console? Thanks?
quote: There's a huge, gaping hole in the capability of the system. For what? Additional monetization of existing capability? I didn't have to pay a dime to play my PS1 games on my PS2.
quote: What really drives me up a wall is the corporate doublespeak. Coming out the gate they were adamant that backwards compatibility is a key defining ability of the Playstation brand. Nice! So we'll cut it out. Eh? But the damn thing still plays PS1 games!
quote: I'm guessing they want me to pay to play the fifty-something Dreamcast games I have, too? Screw that.
quote: First of all, Sony delivered on full backwards compatibility with the launch PS3s, and kept models that had at least "pretty good" b.c. for several years.
quote: Second, most PS3 owners I know find that they aren't playing their PS2 games after a while. No surprise here--the PS3 games are much better with few exceptions. So maybe backwards compatibility 3 years after the launch of a next-gen system isn't as important anymore (there are plenty of PS3 games, now).
quote: Fourth, people had their chance to buy the backwards compatible models. But prices were too high, and Sony needed to stop burning money at the same time as lowering price. Removing the PS2 hardware helped them do this. Although playing PS2 games was a selling point originally, obviously it wasn't a big enough deal to get people to pay $500-$600. The bottom line is most users want to play the PS3 games and it's waste of their/Sony's money to include those chips when they will never be used. It's the pragmatic choice, and it probably helped with the conversion to the Slim.
quote: Yeah, that's cause they couldn't.
quote: Your whole argument is FAIL.Sony needs to wise-up and provide BC on all their SKUs. I really don't care if they also offer the ability to buy games online, but at least let us play our discs on the PS3 system. The PS3 games suck anyway, so why not let us play some good titles on it?
quote: Now I'm jumping off your back... and onto the back of sony.They were trying to push the fact that the PS3 was a better deal per $ than the 360. Fanbois were crying about that, but always forgot the $100 acessory that did BC for them... oh I mean a ps2!