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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 MrBlastman on 9/24/2009 1:24:50 PM , Rating: 2
... And this is why I am a PC gamer. :)

I want to play an old DOS game--oh wait! I load them up on Dosbox! (I got Wing Commander 3 w/video off the CD running the other night, I was extremely impressed).

I want to play an old post-DOS game... no big deal, I just start it up or dual boot into Windows 98(there are some exceptions such as maybe needing an older video card, but you can plug those into slots). None of this console-shuffle with cords, wires, controllers or all that junk.

The price of entry is a lot higher, but the versatility is unmatched with any console so far.

RE: Nickels and Dimes
By afkrotch on 9/25/2009 4:58:22 AM , Rating: 2
Except that PC gamers have no way to play many console games. There's still no good PS2 emulator, PS3 emulator, or Xbox 360 emulator.

The reason I have multiple PCs and multiple consoles.

RE: Nickels and Dimes
By adiposity on 9/27/2009 3:46:36 PM , Rating: 2
You have a point here, but there is a good PS2 emulator, in fact there are several that work pretty well.


RE: Nickels and Dimes
By MrPoletski on 9/28/2009 10:52:57 AM , Rating: 2
....The reason I have multiple PCs and multiple consoles.

I thought that was because you're a geek? ;)))

Good luck finding a PS3 emulator! mind you, this is the kind of thing you can start using GPGPU abilities for now, because modern PC GPU's certainly wouldn't need all their rendering power to draw PS3 games.

I don't imagine the GPU's of DX11 onwards are particularly different in concept to the cell architecture. Modern CPUs certainly are though. Hell, Larrabee might be a great candidate for PS3 emulation.

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