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Motion controller and even Dreamcast exclusives may arrive in the near future

Sony's recent console update, the PS3 Slim, has been called "The Worst Kept Secret of the Internet," as pictures of the unit's box were originally leaked nearly four months before its official release. Now that the Slim is available for public purchase, another juicy leak has sprung up giving hints at Sony's direction for the future, no doubt to the chagrin of SCEA head Jack Tretton.

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 worldwide.

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.

Previous 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 exclusivity.

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.

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RE: Nickels and Dimes
By bighairycamel on 9/23/2009 11:21:50 PM , Rating: 2
I hope you kept your PS2 then, cause any alternative will cost you money.

You can either
A) Buy a new PS2 ($99)
B) Rebuy the games you liked the most on PSN ($10-30 per I'm guessing)
C) Hold your breath until a backwards compatible PS3 gets released ($300)

Personally I don't mind it. The few stand out PS2 games I would replay are worth another $30 to me. And it's not like this is anything new, Sony ditched PS1 BC as a side effect of ditching PS2 BC and PS1 games have been available since nearly day one.

RE: Nickels and Dimes
By geddarkstorm on 9/24/2009 1:15:08 PM , Rating: 2
What Sony should do, or what would be very nice, would be if you could just insert a PS2 disc into the PS3 and be given free access to download the game again over PSN. There must be some sort of internal hash system that allows the PS3 to know what game it's reading and if its valid. At least, I would hope.

RE: Nickels and Dimes
By adiposity on 9/24/2009 6:49:54 PM , Rating: 2
Yes, I agree with this, but it will still only help if they have ported that particular game.


RE: Nickels and Dimes
By afkrotch on 9/25/2009 4:53:45 AM , Rating: 2
What Sony should do, or what would be very nice, would be if you could just insert a PS2 disc into the PS3 and be given free access to download the game again over PSN. There must be some sort of internal hash system that allows the PS3 to know what game it's reading and if its valid. At least, I would hope.

Ya, sounds like a great idea. Let me go borrow all my friend's old PS2 games, so I can put them on my PS3 hdd.

About the only way to do this would be to have you send the PS2 game back to Sony, then they'd go into your account and add the game that way. That method would leave Sony with a lot of PS2 games they'd have to dispose of, so that wouldn't happen.

Any kind of method you can think of, would be a loss of money to Sony, unless they simply sell the game on PSN.

I'd rather see like a year to cost type of scheme. Games released the 1st year the PS2 was around should be $0.25. Then it doubles with each year.

$0.25 $0.50, $1, $2, $4, $8, $16, $32.

Games released this year will vary in cost, as they are pretty much still new. Then when the year ends, the $0.25 games will just become free and the pricing shifts over. 2nd year games will take the $0.25 price and so on.

The only way I'd see pricing to be different, is if the developer of those games remakes the old games with new additions or something. Like better graphics, online play, more levels, etc.

RE: Nickels and Dimes
By MrPoletski on 9/28/2009 10:48:23 AM , Rating: 2
Such a scheme is a nice idea, but would he hacked to hell by people trying to get free games.

Then when they stop that, legitimate game owners will whine because their copy is scratched and isn't recognised etc..

Can of worms, so Sony won't do it.

Perhaps a mail in your old game with all its bits for a rebate coupon might work, but that'd be a very expensive undertaking and rather unneccesary because people are gonna buy the games up anyway.

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