After all these years the PS3 has been on the market, the one thing that still annoys me is the removal of backwards compatibility with the PS2. It was without a doubt one of the very best consoles in history, and yet you can’t play your PS2 games on the PS3. That is, not unless you happen to own a launch model or one released around that time frame. Does that even make any sense? It never sat well with me no matter how many conferences I went to. Today, it appears as though Sony is looking to at least partially fix the mess they got themselves into.
According to the Official PlayStation Magazine UK, the PSN is about to get upgraded to allow PS2 games to be downloaded from the store, and therefore be playable…on the PSP. Yes, I doubt very much they mean the PSP1 because the system isn’t powerful enough to handle that, but the NGP sure would be. So this begs the question, will the store also be available on the PS3? What if you already own a copy of the game you’re looking to download, will the disc work? These are all very interesting question, all of which we have no answers to and don’t expect to hear any until after the upgraded features are added to the PlayStation Store.
This would make for a killer feature for the NGP, but to keep it on that platform makes no sense whatsoever. At this point I’m hoping Sony realizes the error of their ways and puts in full PS1-PS3 playback in the eventual PS4. I hate seeing potential squandered, but that’s exactly what will happen if something like this doesn’t migrate over from the NGP to the PS3.
If the service was officially announced, what would be the first PS2 game you’d download?