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: 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.