MCV, a UK trade magazine, has obtained a information that indicates the big reason Sony has removed backwards compatability from its PlayStation 3 systems: the entire PS2 catalog could eventually be coming to the PlayStation Network. This further lends credence to the theory that Sony’s patent was to block others from using the technology, not so they could re-introduce an improved backwards compatibility system in the future. I admit, I took the optimistic side on that one, while Greg espoused what seems now to be the real reason.
It would seem that Sony has seen the success of Nintendo’s virtual console and has decided to go full throttle into getting gamers to re-purchase old games. This is good news for those who never had a PS2 or had trouble tracking down games that had very limited print run. Unfortunately, I don’t see Sony offering any solace to those who already own physical copies of the game. It does raise one other question, as well, does this signal the end of PS2 game production in the very near future? Depending on the lead time to bring a game to the PSN, it could create competition between retail store and the PSN for a system that never had to worry about digital distribution before.
Share this post: