Tuesday, September 22, 2009

PS3 Rumors: PS2, Dreamcast, and Motion Controllers

A 60GB version of the PlayStation 3.Image via Wikipedia
Sony's getting a lot of leaks these days, besides the Xperia, PS3-related notes are coming out of the woodwork!

PS2 Goes to PSN?

When I reported a few weeks ago that the PS2 backward compatibility won't be coming to the PS3, I felt down as I still have a lot of favorite PS2 games that I wanted to still play. However, it seems that hell has frozen and the PS2 will make a (possible) return to the PS3!
That document, uncovered by French gaming web site Objectif-Sega, notes that "SCEA wants to sell all PS2 titles on PSN," which may indicate a strategy similar to the one Sony has taken with original PlayStation games, released as "PSone Classics." The document appears to be a list of notes from a meeting between Sega of America and Robert Dyer, senior vice president of publisher relations for Sony Computer Entertainment America, dated from early August.
Below are the actual notes pertaining to the PS2.
PS2 emulator for PS3 (confidential)
SCEA wants to sell all PS2 titles on PSN (GTA Vice City/Sonic/etc)
Two lines of notes that has a lot of game nerds crying for joy. Remember that eventhough it's been proposed, Sony still has to approve this.

Dreamcast going to PSN as well?

The second prominent news on this notes is that the Dreamcast titles may also be coming to the Playstation Network:
DC Digital Titles
If we provide a list of DC titles SCEA will let us know which ones they’re interested in having exclusively.
If we give them a long period of exclusivity they’ll give us more marketing support.
Now if we can only see these titles, there may be a chance that Dreamcast fanboys will go crazy!

PS3 Motion Controller Details and Launch Date

Last thing mentioned in the notes is the launch date for the PS3 Motion Controller.
Motion Controller
Spring 2010 launch (March in JP)
No bundle/pricing details yet, should come Sept 1Goes to PS3 and PS3
Plan on selling 4-5MM units WW
SCEA agreed to provide a list of Sega IP that would work well with the motion controller, Virtua Tennis was an example
Motion Controller support allows easy way to differentiate PS3 SKU
Other differentiation opportunities include PSP/PS3 interoperability – think of features that would make users want to buy both PS3 and PSP SKUs.
Wow that's quite a lot of rumors to go on. we'll see how Sony reacts to this in the next few days.

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