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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 adiposity on 9/24/2009 2:47:40 PM , Rating: 2
You can still get PS3 60GB on ebay easily. They don't cost that much, either (just checked, there are some for $330 buy it now). So don't whine too much...

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Yeah, that's cause they couldn't.


All my friends have launch PS3s, except one that bought an 80GB (which still has b.c., and works on all his games but one). So no, they can play PS2 games, just don't.

I agree it sucks there's no b.c., maybe they will add it back when it gets cheaper. But for now the important thing is to help people who want PS3 games, get PS3s cheap. If you want PS2 games, PS2s are still out there. And so are 60GB PS3s if that's what you want...

BTW, my first 20GB ps3 WAS stolen. From my house. I bought another on ebay about a year ago. No problem.

-Dan


RE: Nickels and Dimes
By ExarKun333 on 9/24/2009 4:24:48 PM , Rating: 2
Yes, please let me buy an old (and probably) used PS3 built on old technology that uses a lot more power so I can play PS2 games.

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?


RE: Nickels and Dimes
By adiposity on 9/24/2009 6:48:10 PM , Rating: 2
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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?


If PS3 games all suck, why don't you just get a PS2? You don't make any sense...

Sony did wise up, they realized that offering b.c. was not selling their systems. More consoles per month have sold since they dropped the bc, so obviously they were right.

As for "old technology," the 60/20 models are fine. They are quiet and reliable. The only thing "new" about the $300 model is smaller chip size, and honestly...who cares unless you are worried about $2 on your power bill?

-Dan


RE: Nickels and Dimes
By MrPoletski on 9/28/2009 10:45:11 AM , Rating: 2
Can everybody please not forget that emulation of another piece of hardware is no simple task and PS2 emulation has always been extremely difficult on every platform that has tried it .


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