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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 Aertea on 9/30/2009 10:24:07 AM , Rating: 2
Suppose they did re-enable backwards compatibility for ps2 games, who really benefits?

Take into account that most PS2 games aren't sold new anymore. Guess who doesn't get a dime from used game sales? Yea, Sony. The one who would actually stand to make the most money off Sony enabling BC is none other than Gamestop.

Sony resolves this issue by making themselves the sole distributor of Backwards Compatible games, ensuring that they get every penny to themselves. As a stockholder, isn't that exactly what you want?

As a consumer, I'd like BC simply for the convenience, but its not a necessity. If you have a library of PS2 games, you likely already own a PS2. If you want to play a PS2 game and don't own a PS2, you will be able to buy them directly from Sony without needing to pay for additional hardware.


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