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Software Emulation for PS2 Games

Idea 57248 | Posted in by | July 20, 2012

Even if it were a paid add-on, I’m sure many PS3 owners would be thrilled if they could play PS2 games on the system directly. while software emulation may not be perfect, it’s better than nothing!



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T3mpr1x  |  March 17th, 2010 at 1:32 pm

It shouldn’t have to cost a premium considering launch PS3s have this ability!


RossR89  |  March 17th, 2010 at 1:34 pm

I have an older PS3 model and I am currently playing Indigo Prophecy (PS2) since I loved Heavy Rain. The ability to play older games is great and great for being able to experience older games. It would be nice if all PS3 models had the ability to do this. (That’s one of the reasons I am reluctant to upgrade my PS3 to a slim model!)


roseofmayix  |  March 17th, 2010 at 1:45 pm

Shh..Don’t let them get the idea of charging for it! =P

But yeah, go go backwards compatiability. Other than a functional web browser, this is all I really want from Sony.


tiredminds  |  March 17th, 2010 at 1:45 pm

Oh i posted this same thing. Hopefully they catch it before it posts and don’t publish it. Id like to see this score well.


dagundam  |  March 17th, 2010 at 1:46 pm

Please… I understand the PS2 hardware was taken out to reduce the Ps3’s costs. But shouldn’t the PS3 be more than capable of software emulation of the PS2 games??

No matter what reasons you can come up with… the Pros outweigh the Cons. People would rather be able to play ps2 games on their ps3s than not… simple fact. And if this happens, that’s one more thing to add to the Ps3 arsenal and the sales will reflect that(even in perhaps in the long run)


Andrefpvs  |  March 17th, 2010 at 1:48 pm

I wanted to buy a 60gb PS3 for backwards compatibility, couldn’t find one.


DaScorpion  |  March 17th, 2010 at 1:49 pm

This would be great. Not sure why the got rid of this feature to begin with. I had it on my original PS3. I could play PS2 & PS games on there.

I love how the Wii has it to where they can buy the oldschool games too. I wouldn’t mind buying some of my favorites if the upscaled the graphics a bit to help with the HIDef tvs.


TheL1T1G4T0R  |  March 17th, 2010 at 2:01 pm

Why are you still playing PS2 games when there’s so much out for this generation?

If you want to play PS2 games, buy a PS2.

Are you still playing the first Command and Conquer on PC?

Perhaps you’re still looking for a way to play Pitfall as well. It’s one thing if you missed a generation and you’re looking to catch up, but even then, forcing a company to simulate one of their consoles that’s still on the market is just ridiculous.



illpala  |  March 17th, 2010 at 2:09 pm

I do have to say that there are a lot of people on other forums too that have voiced a desire for ps2 compatibility. Personally i would love and was surprised that the latest ps3 still wasn’t compatible(again.)


gamerstation151  |  March 17th, 2010 at 2:13 pm

They really should do this. i would love to have my old metal gear solid back ๐Ÿ™


eddy223  |  March 17th, 2010 at 2:17 pm

By far the bet idea on here ahah.


DELON81  |  March 17th, 2010 at 2:18 pm

that would be nice.However,it would take up alot of memory on the PS3. Most PS2 games are at least 2gb.Why not make PS2 emulator software via firmware update.That way you’ll have a better PS2 library with more HDD space.


Snake0927  |  March 17th, 2010 at 2:21 pm

Why don’t you suggest that Delon


WindedHero  |  March 17th, 2010 at 2:21 pm

Why sell to a ~30% market? Backwards compatibility is becoming more rare every day. There’s no reason why Sony would work on something they’re trying to kill.

Your idea would have better votes if you’d said “bring back backwards compatibility”.


ZAANOS  |  March 17th, 2010 at 2:24 pm

Heck yeah! There are tons of PS2 games I wish I was able to buy but was unable to during that era. If some had Trophy Support that would be cool. +1


srhuston  |  March 17th, 2010 at 2:28 pm

@roseofmayix: Yeah, I’d love it to be free too, but I think the votes here prove that people are even willing to pay for it.

@TheL1T1G4T0R: Actually, yes I do play Pitfall. Emulated on the PS3 via Linux and an Atari 2600 emulator. I also play my old Nintendo, Super Nintendo, Atari 8-Bit and some DOS games on there. If there was decent OpenGL support on the PS3 in Linux, I’d probably be running one of the PS2 emulators that already exist, but the graphics won’t keep up. “Buy a PS2”.. I have one already. Nobody’s “forcing” Sony to do anything, just asking for that which they provided previously and for some reason removed.


makingmusic  |  March 17th, 2010 at 2:32 pm

Yes please! Then I could finally abandon this prone to failure 60gb and upgrade to a Slim. PS2 BC is the only reason I keep ti around.

Allowing for in-game XMB while playing ps1/2 games would be awesome as well, but I know that’s a pipe dream (at least in the p2’s case – ps1 might be possible I suppose, given you stay logged in while playing the games anyway).

And honestly, it’s better for Sony. I know people with a large back catalog of ps2 titles that go with a 360 over a ps3 simply because it’s cheaper. BC would go along way to keep people sticking with PlayStation (especially now that the price is actually comparable to the 360’s).


RGS-14  |  March 17th, 2010 at 2:33 pm

I wouldn’t mind paying 20 buck. Love this idea!


Sonicfan11589  |  March 17th, 2010 at 2:34 pm

I love to have games such as Virtua Fighter 4 and 4: Evolution since there’s no actual VF game on PSP. The closest thing to it is the Sega Genesis version of VF2 as part of Sega Genesis Collection.


Sonicfan11589  |  March 17th, 2010 at 2:34 pm

Also Silent Hill 2-4, Fatal Frame 1-3, and countless others.


makingmusic  |  March 17th, 2010 at 2:37 pm

And it should be free, just like ps1 emulation and ps2 emulation on older systems. I’m fine paying for things that actually cost money to support, like Netflix and the rumored ability to save games via a cloud server – I’d gladly pay for that! – but things like BC and cross game voice chat, things that cost nothing to support once they are implemented via firmware, should be free.

Charging for them would be just as [DELETED] as MS charging people to play online via their own internet connection using their own 360 as a host.


Carl-G  |  March 17th, 2010 at 2:44 pm

I would pay anything to have PS2 playback on the PS3.
PLEASE SONY bring back PS2 playback to the PS3 ;P
Via Software or a New PS3 that can playback PS2 games ๐Ÿ˜‰


Gorvi  |  March 17th, 2010 at 2:45 pm

I’ve missed this quite a bit since my 60GB died. I love my new slim, but if I could play Persona 4 on it I’d love it more.



Enforcer_X  |  March 17th, 2010 at 2:47 pm

I have two 60GB systems but I still want this just incase my beloved 60GB ever breaks.
Glad to see it in the top 3!
Lets do it Sony! The consumers have spoken!
You made backward compatibility a main selling point with PS2 and at the beginning with PS3 so keep it up, we have grown to expect it.
Also good luck making PS4 full backward compatible.


cf125  |  March 17th, 2010 at 2:48 pm

i really want the getaway black monday on the psn come on sony get it on there ๐Ÿ˜€


pixel_geist  |  March 17th, 2010 at 2:48 pm

I need old gran turismo, NFS titles. Great way to relive great games and make a little dough.


Yayanator117  |  March 17th, 2010 at 2:49 pm

It would be awesome to play my old ps2 games ^^


WindedHero  |  March 17th, 2010 at 2:50 pm

I didn’t think of it like this, but I would shell out a couple bucks if it were a premium add-on. In all rights it should be free, 60gb versions have it for free, PS2’s do BC for PS1… It should follow down the line. For as powerful as the PS3 is, there is no reason why software emulation isn’t a possibility.


MegaSuper1  |  March 17th, 2010 at 2:57 pm

I think some kind of backwards compatibility would be great. I would pay a one-time fee. (Free would be better of course) I would not pay a subscription though. I would not want to have to connect to the internet to play my ps2 games.


HarryBizzle  |  March 17th, 2010 at 2:59 pm

This would be fantastic.

Would add the best games catalogue ever to what the PS3 is capable of and generate a lot of good will in the userbase.

And because I want to play FFXII in HD.

Do it!


VociferousTURTLE  |  March 17th, 2010 at 2:59 pm

I would love this feature but it should definitely not be a payed premium. Look at the competitors, they provide software emulation to customers without an extra charge and that is something you need to offer.


doctoroflawls  |  March 17th, 2010 at 3:00 pm

I would gladly pay for this as a premium, and I am ready to spend hundreds of dollars on older PS2 classics. Make it happen if it is possible!


CDubyahS  |  March 17th, 2010 at 3:01 pm

Ps vendors would love it. CAPCOM ruled on PS2, I wanna play ’em


CoBrA2168  |  March 17th, 2010 at 3:09 pm

Is this even possible? If so, I want!


Silex  |  March 17th, 2010 at 3:11 pm

I would pay $50-100 for this. You could release it as a software license. My launch PS3 is no more and there are PS2 games I bought for it that I still want play on my current PS3.


dono_1994  |  March 17th, 2010 at 3:12 pm

i dont think its needed because that’s a whole other problem for people to focus on. EVERYONE already has a ps2. it the higest sold console ever. And if by chance u dont u can buy a used one from gamestop for $60 a.k.a. the price of a new game.


lordyo  |  March 17th, 2010 at 3:15 pm

Make this a possibility for everyone. I have read that ‘Sony’ doesn’t see this as a relevant feature any longer, but that is not true. EVERYONE wants this.


Dbzlotrfan  |  March 17th, 2010 at 3:19 pm

I would absolutely LOVE PS2 compatibility in PS3’s (phat or slim, I know the 20 & 60, have PS2 compat). I would love to buy a PS3 just for the PS2 playback. I don’t care if the graphics of PS2 games don’t look as sharp as they should.


yostane  |  March 17th, 2010 at 3:19 pm

I hope it will be available one day


mcksalg  |  March 17th, 2010 at 3:20 pm

I have a old 80gig model, that plays old games. But would def pay 20-30 bucks to have them all work right with no issues.


Silex  |  March 17th, 2010 at 3:20 pm

It would be unacceptable to have this feature without supporting disc based PS2 games along with it. Forcing people repurchase games saying PS2 emulation is impossible then selling them as a download would would make SONY look like money grubbers. You can buy download-able PS1 games but you can still play your disk based PS1 games. Make it the same for PS2 games.


Dbzlotrfan  |  March 17th, 2010 at 3:28 pm

And also Sony is a Multi BILLION dollar company that doesn’t have (full) backwards compatibility with their (current gen) system. Microsoft’s 360 emulates the Xbox (albeit through software emulation I think). And Nintendo has software emulation (Virtual Console) & Hardware (GameCube). . . .


pjakinnear  |  March 17th, 2010 at 3:28 pm

This would be great as I love my wireless controller and HDMI-only monitor too much to use a PS2…


WestSiide  |  March 17th, 2010 at 3:29 pm

@21 wiNdedhero
actually, no it we didn’t get it for free. I paid $600+tax on my ps3 , did you?


phinnv8  |  March 17th, 2010 at 3:29 pm

This would be a huge. It would also be huge if they released a remastered FF-VII or FF-X with trophies and 1080p like GOW. Wow imagine that. Sony would make millions.


DarthSpooky  |  March 17th, 2010 at 3:29 pm

My PS2 games play fine, thanks.


davivman  |  March 17th, 2010 at 3:36 pm

You have no idea how scared to death I am of my 60 GB PS3 dying on me. PS2 backwards compatability is the reason for this fear. I actually do use this feature and pretty often (e.g., I have played Persona 3 and Okami in this very month). I can guarantee a new slim purchase for my upstairs tv to replace the PS2 I have up there now if you bring back PS3 backwards compatability.

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