When the PlayStation 3 launched in 2006 it had backwards compatibility, meaning you could play your library of PlayStation 2 games on it. The feature, however, was short-lived and was removed from subsequent models. Naturally, PlayStation owners weren’t too happy about this and many people have since been complaining about the loss of a very valuable ability.
Sony has fiddled and hinted at various means of bringing PlayStation 2 games back to the PlayStation 3. Software emulation sounds simple enough, but that hasn’t happened yet. Releasing PlayStation 2 titles for download off the PlayStation Network is also an option and would make Sony a lot of money, but even that hasn’t exactly happened.
Â Most recently is this option: a PlayStation 2 adaptor that plugs into your PlayStation 3, as a recently filed patent reveals. The solution is rather inelegant as the adaptor is, quite simply, a PlayStation 2 without an optical drive meaning that the PS2 discs are read through the Blu-ray drive of your PlayStation 3. I’m no hardware designer and I don’t know my way around any software programming, but surely software emulation would be more efficient and less costly to Sony and consumer?
Â This is just a patent however, so it is by no means a guarantee that this piece of hardware will ever see the light of day. Perhaps that’s not such a bad thing.
Last Updated: September 15, 2010