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PS3 software Backwards compatibility patent filed

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  • EvanderEvander Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    Cutting costs is not generally viewed as a horrible thing. Stock holders don't run to divest when they hear that a company is working on cutting costs.

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  • greeblegreeble Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    Here is the actual quote from the WSJ article
    There's a catch to the lower price: The new $399 PlayStation model will not play games designed for the PlayStation 2, Sony's popular older game console. Mr. Tretton conceded that removing that capability, along with a few other features, isn't dramatically reducing Sony's cost of manufacturing the console but will instead encourage buyers of the entry-level PlayStation 3 to purchase more games designed specifically for the new system.

    Mr. Tretton said the company's research showed that compatibility with PlayStation 2 games isn't likely to be missed by customers, who most likely already own the older system.

    Now to me it looks like typical PR bullshit, but the way I read it is "Yeah we realize it isn't a huge cost reduction but it helps, and hey it might move some more ps3 software as well".

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  • UnbreakableVowUnbreakableVow Don't fuck with a witch Time to go VROOM!Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    I'm really wondering how that "research" of theirs was conducted.

    Because I know many, many people that have not bought a PS3 yet and their main reason was the lack of BC.

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  • EvanderEvander Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    greeble wrote: »
    Here is the actual quote from the WSJ article
    There's a catch to the lower price: The new $399 PlayStation model will not play games designed for the PlayStation 2, Sony's popular older game console. Mr. Tretton conceded that removing that capability, along with a few other features, isn't dramatically reducing Sony's cost of manufacturing the console but will instead encourage buyers of the entry-level PlayStation 3 to purchase more games designed specifically for the new system.

    Mr. Tretton said the company's research showed that compatibility with PlayStation 2 games isn't likely to be missed by customers, who most likely already own the older system.

    Now to me it looks like typical PR bullshit, but the way I read it is "Yeah we realize it isn't a huge cost reduction but it helps, and hey it might move some more ps3 software as well".

    Do you have the link to the article for that?

    Because I remember a slightly different quote, but I can't find the direct WSJ link right now, for some reason.

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  • greeblegreeble Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    Hmm I don't know how I got to the article. I found it on my work computer which I don't have access to right now. If I try the same search here at home it seems to require a subscription. I won't be back in that office till Monday I'm afraid. The trouble with that quote, is its not really a quote. Everyone just paraphrases, but I'm pretty sure the "story" originaly came from the Wall Street Journal.

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  • RakaiRakai Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    I'm really wondering how that "research" of theirs was conducted.

    Because I know many, many people that have not bought a PS3 yet and their main reason was the lack of BC.

    Considering that the PS2 is still the most played system in terms of total minutes according to NPD(?), it is asinine to think people will won't miss it. Getting rid of it also gives less incentive to "upgrade" to PS3 as it puts the PS3/360/Wii on even grounds since all 3 won't play their backlog. That's why I think they might look to put it back in as the system gets cheaper.

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  • AntihippyAntihippy Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    Ummm, I'm pretty sure the Wii could play gamecube games.

    Not to mention the virtual console.

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  • UnbreakableVowUnbreakableVow Don't fuck with a witch Time to go VROOM!Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    And the PS3 can play PS1 games.

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  • RakaiRakai Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    Antihippy wrote: »
    Ummm, I'm pretty sure the Wii could play gamecube games.

    Not to mention the virtual console.

    I'm not saying they're on equal grounds in terms of BC, I'm saying they're on equal grounds in terms of the ability to play PS2 games. I'm talking about people upgrading from a PS2 (which a large number of people have yet to do.)

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  • AntihippyAntihippy Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    Huh, alright.

    I can't be the only person who kept my PS2 while upgrading though.

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  • UnbreakableVowUnbreakableVow Don't fuck with a witch Time to go VROOM!Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    I kept my PS2.

    I'm just not keeping a spare SDTV around.

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  • Unco-ordinatedUnco-ordinated Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    Antihippy wrote: »
    Ummm, I'm pretty sure the Wii could play gamecube games.

    Not to mention the virtual console.

    Virtual Console is not backwards compatibility, nor is buying PS1 games off the PSN. Putting GC discs into a Wii IS, as is putting PS1 discs into a PS3.

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  • Muddy WaterMuddy Water Quiet Batperson Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    I've never owned a PS2, so if the PS3 gets software BC patched in, I suddenly get a $100 console for free and my console's library expands by about 2000 titles. I may finally get to play MGS3, the Clover Studio games, Team Ico games and a bunch of other stuff.

    Oh God, please let this happen.

  • UnbreakableVowUnbreakableVow Don't fuck with a witch Time to go VROOM!Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    I just really want to play Persona 3/4.

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  • D00MD00M Registered User
    edited July 2009
    Won't even entertain the thought of buying a PS3 without full BC.

    And Microsoft is a arse for not letting me play BC Tenchu: Return From Darkness (with Xbox only features!) and Taito Legends D:

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  • AntihippyAntihippy Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    I've never owned a PS2, so if the PS3 gets software BC patched in, I suddenly get a $100 console for free and my console's library expands by about 2000 titles. I may finally get to play MGS3, the Clover Studio games, Team Ico games and a bunch of other stuff.

    Oh God, please let this happen.

    2000 titles where most of them are shovelware. :P

    The PS2 has alot of great games, but also alot of shovelware.

    I do hope that if they do it they'll also make it region free, but I don't think that's ever going to happen. :(

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  • Muddy WaterMuddy Water Quiet Batperson Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    Antihippy wrote: »
    I've never owned a PS2, so if the PS3 gets software BC patched in, I suddenly get a $100 console for free and my console's library expands by about 2000 titles. I may finally get to play MGS3, the Clover Studio games, Team Ico games and a bunch of other stuff.

    Oh God, please let this happen.

    2000 titles where most of them are shovelware. :P

    The PS2 has alot of great games, but also alot of shovelware.

    I do hope that if they do it they'll also make it region free, but I don't think that's ever going to happen. :(

    I only care for 5 or 10 titles, actually. But oh, I care so much.

  • BakerIsBoredBakerIsBored Registered User
    edited July 2009
    Honestly, when you have BC, and all these new games come out, you really start to not care. When you have games coming out almost monthly, you really lose time to go back and play PS2 games. I have over 20 PS3 games now, some of which I've only played 10% of, I just don't have time to play them all. It was nice to pop in GoW2 when it came out, but after that, my focus has been mostly been towards PS3 games.

    I'm not saying that I wouldn't want everyone to not have BC, but IMHO skipping out on buying a PS3, because it doesn't have BC is pretty silly.

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  • CowbombCowbomb Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    I have my PS2 hooked up with component cables and think the picture looks fantastic, personally - more games with 480p would be nice, but at least we got a few here in PAL land, as opposed to the Gamecube which had none

    Being able to sell my PS2 and carry on playing all my games upscaled would be enough to make me upgrade though, so I hope it's true. The 360 makes Xbox games look tasty.

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  • EvanderEvander Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    Rakai wrote: »
    I'm really wondering how that "research" of theirs was conducted.

    Because I know many, many people that have not bought a PS3 yet and their main reason was the lack of BC.

    Considering that the PS2 is still the most played system in terms of total minutes according to NPD(?), it is asinine to think people will won't miss it. Getting rid of it also gives less incentive to "upgrade" to PS3 as it puts the PS3/360/Wii on even grounds since all 3 won't play their backlog. That's why I think they might look to put it back in as the system gets cheaper.

    NPD is putting chips in your machines to see how long you play?

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  • lowlylowlycooklowlylowlycook Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    Evander wrote: »
    Rakai wrote: »
    I'm really wondering how that "research" of theirs was conducted.

    Because I know many, many people that have not bought a PS3 yet and their main reason was the lack of BC.

    Considering that the PS2 is still the most played system in terms of total minutes according to NPD(?), it is asinine to think people will won't miss it. Getting rid of it also gives less incentive to "upgrade" to PS3 as it puts the PS3/360/Wii on even grounds since all 3 won't play their backlog. That's why I think they might look to put it back in as the system gets cheaper.

    NPD is putting chips in your machines to see how long you play?

    No Neilsen is. Well I think they use a wall socket thingy to measure usage.

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  • Windowlicker77Windowlicker77 Registered User
    edited July 2009
    According to the Playstation Lifestyle website (can't get the link I'm at work now) they quote another European site in saying a Sony employee said BC is "weeks" away. So this is almost as reliable as news from your Grandmothers best friend cousin. Maybe it's true but who knows.

  • EvanderEvander Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    Evander wrote: »
    Rakai wrote: »
    I'm really wondering how that "research" of theirs was conducted.

    Because I know many, many people that have not bought a PS3 yet and their main reason was the lack of BC.

    Considering that the PS2 is still the most played system in terms of total minutes according to NPD(?), it is asinine to think people will won't miss it. Getting rid of it also gives less incentive to "upgrade" to PS3 as it puts the PS3/360/Wii on even grounds since all 3 won't play their backlog. That's why I think they might look to put it back in as the system gets cheaper.

    NPD is putting chips in your machines to see how long you play?

    No Neilsen is. Well I think they use a wall socket thingy to measure usage.

    that would be incredibly inaccurate, for a wide variety of reasons.

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  • UnbreakableVowUnbreakableVow Don't fuck with a witch Time to go VROOM!Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    According to the Playstation Lifestyle website (can't get the link I'm at work now) they quote another European site in saying a Sony employee said BC is "weeks" away. So this is almost as reliable as news from your Grandmothers best friend cousin. Maybe it's true but who knows.

    PlayStation Lifestyle...where did this site come from?

    They were the ones who leaked the (eventually proven real) video of The Last Guardian.

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  • -Loki--Loki- Don't pee in my mouth and tell me it's raining. Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    According to the Playstation Lifestyle website (can't get the link I'm at work now) they quote another European site in saying a Sony employee said BC is "weeks" away. So this is almost as reliable as news from your Grandmothers best friend cousin. Maybe it's true but who knows.

    PlayStation Lifestyle...where did this site come from?

    They were the ones who leaked the (eventually proven real) video of The Last Guardian.

    This article? I just saw that. While I really, really doubt it (Sony's had trouble containing leaks on mere games. Something like full BC through a firmware update isn't something they could keep a lid on), it's arrival would be a massive 'oh shit' for everyone.

  • MalechaiMalechai Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    -Loki- wrote: »
    According to the Playstation Lifestyle website (can't get the link I'm at work now) they quote another European site in saying a Sony employee said BC is "weeks" away. So this is almost as reliable as news from your Grandmothers best friend cousin. Maybe it's true but who knows.

    PlayStation Lifestyle...where did this site come from?

    They were the ones who leaked the (eventually proven real) video of The Last Guardian.

    This article? I just saw that. While I really, really doubt it (Sony's had trouble containing leaks on mere games. Something like full BC through a firmware update isn't something they could keep a lid on), it's arrival would be a massive 'oh shit' for everyone.

    Just hope they do a better job of Emulated BC that MS. Not that it matters for me but I kinda feel sorry for my friends on newer models.

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  • Radikal_DreamerRadikal_Dreamer Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    Even though I already have a 60 gig I'd really like to see Sony go through with it and release full BC for all models on software. I know I have 2 friends that'd be really happy with it, and it'd put me at ease (right now I'm worried if my PS3 right now ever dies then I don't get any more BC...)

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  • MorninglordMorninglord Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    Heh.

    This wont help me on my japanese machine. It doesn't understand pal at all.

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  • -Loki--Loki- Don't pee in my mouth and tell me it's raining. Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    I know my PS2 would go in the cupboard, and I'd finally play some of my PS2 games I recently bought out of desire to actually own them (Psyconauts, God of War 1 and 2, Shadow of the Colossus, and still looking for Okami and Ico) since I wouldn't have to swap around cables and use wired controllers that everyone trips over, ripping my PS2 off it's perch.

  • RockinXRockinX Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    I hope this software can play games from other regions. I have a Rockman Dash 2 disc I can't play because I don't even have a PS1. It was way cheaper than the American version.

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  • EvanderEvander Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    RockinX wrote: »
    I hope this software can play games from other regions. I have a Rockman Dash 2 disc I can't play because I don't even have a PS1. It was way cheaper than the American version.

    I sincerely doubt it, unless it's on a case by case basis



    regional licensing stuff and all, you know

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  • RockinXRockinX Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    Evander wrote: »
    RockinX wrote: »
    I hope this software can play games from other regions. I have a Rockman Dash 2 disc I can't play because I don't even have a PS1. It was way cheaper than the American version.

    I sincerely doubt it, unless it's on a case by case basis



    regional licensing stuff and all, you know

    But if PS3 games are region free, why shouldn't past consoles' games?

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  • -Loki--Loki- Don't pee in my mouth and tell me it's raining. Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    RockinX wrote: »
    Evander wrote: »
    RockinX wrote: »
    I hope this software can play games from other regions. I have a Rockman Dash 2 disc I can't play because I don't even have a PS1. It was way cheaper than the American version.

    I sincerely doubt it, unless it's on a case by case basis



    regional licensing stuff and all, you know

    But if PS3 games are region free, why shouldn't past consoles' games?

    All PS3 games run on all PS3's (I think this is also because they run over HDMI which is a universal standard?). From what I remember, PS2 games wouldn't run on PS2's not from that region, and PS2 games will not play on a BC PS3 (currently) not from that region. So, a Japanese PS2 game doesn't run on an American BC PS3, even though a Japanese PS3 game will. I may be wrong though.

  • BartholamueBartholamue Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    No, you're right. PS3's are region free, but only for PS3 games. PS1/2 games won't work.

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  • RockinXRockinX Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    Yeah, my reasoning is that PSOne/2 games should work regardless of their region if PS3 games work in any PS3 of any region. I never stated that they worked.

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  • MorninglordMorninglord Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    Basically.

    Lawyers.

    (And law)

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  • RockinXRockinX Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    Why doesn't the law include PS3 games as well then?

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  • Dark ShroudDark Shroud Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    For the most part it's an issue with PAL & NTSC. PAL PS3s can play both PAL & NTSC while NTSC PS3's can only play NTSC.

  • TaranisTaranis Every time I hear this groove, It makes me wanna move.Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    -Loki- wrote: »
    RockinX wrote: »
    Evander wrote: »
    RockinX wrote: »
    I hope this software can play games from other regions. I have a Rockman Dash 2 disc I can't play because I don't even have a PS1. It was way cheaper than the American version.

    I sincerely doubt it, unless it's on a case by case basis



    regional licensing stuff and all, you know

    But if PS3 games are region free, why shouldn't past consoles' games?

    All PS3 games run on all PS3's (I think this is also because they run over HDMI which is a universal standard?). From what I remember, PS2 games wouldn't run on PS2's not from that region, and PS2 games will not play on a BC PS3 (currently) not from that region. So, a Japanese PS2 game doesn't run on an American BC PS3, even though a Japanese PS3 game will. I may be wrong though.

    Well yeah that was true with PAL and NTSC. The thing is both Japan and the US used NTSC and Japanese games were still a different region than the US.

    Edit: Dark Shroud beat me to it.

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  • MorninglordMorninglord Registered User regular
    edited July 2009
    It's a lot harder to change an existing law than craft new ones with a new ip.

    Ie to make em region free you have to go to all the companies, many of whom may not exist, and individually deal with all that.

    It's a huge amount of work and they have to go through every step with every company that made the games. And sometimes there would be different companies for different regions. They can't just wave their hands and say "annulled regions".

    Whereas for ps3 they said straight out before it came out that the old rules wont apply.

    It was facilitated by technology allowing it, but that's what happened.

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