Sony patents PS2 adaptor for PS3

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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.

 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?

 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.

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Last Updated: September 15, 2010

Miklós Szecsei

I'm a freelance writer who has somehow managed to convince people to pay me to play video games. By day I work a job, but by night and early hours of the morning, I write about video games. The one job provides a living for my family; the other provides a living for my soul. Dramatic, right?

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