Sony Japan files patent for device to play PlayStation 2 games on PS3

While the PlayStation 3 initially launched with backwards-compatibility for its hugely successful PlayStation 2 video games, of which many people owned a significant amount, it was not long before the company began to phase the feature out of the consoles as a means of cutting costs.  As this happened, they continued to sell the original PlayStation 2 console separately, while the PlayStation 3 would retain its ability to play PlayStation 1 games.

But now, according to some documents dug up from the Japanese database of patents by Siliconera, it seems that Sony Computer Entertainment Japan is interested in bringing the whole family back together under one roof again[Pick a sony laptop battery].

“A schematic of the proposed adapter (200) shows the device has its own processor, a DVD decoder/emulator, sound processor, and graphic processor,” notes the website, who also advocates that though a patent has been filed, there are no guarantees this will actually make it to market.

Matthew Green of Press the Buttons notes: “It seems to me that if I wanted another box hanging around in my home entertainment cabinet, I’d just stick with my PS2. I don’t know about you, but to me the appeal of PS2 backward compatibility is that it helps to unify my gaming library and removes the need to tie up valuable space with another box and more cables. At this point, I say either build the PS2 capabilities directly into the PS3 case or let’s just move on.”

Looking at the diagram, however, indicates that this might be a slightly-more elegant solution than having both a PlayStation 2 and a PlayStation 3 connected to one’s television, as it seems the latter platform would be doing most of the “heavy lifting,” including where power and audio/video cables are concerned, possibly necessitating only one additional cord to connect the two units.

This leaves a few questions, such as that of cost (“how much would it be compared to buying an actual PlayStation 2?”, specifically) and whether or not the market for such a device has already figured out how they are going to make do, be it by owning both consoles, or simply giving up all of their PlayStation 2 games in favor of the newer platform[SONY VGP-BPS2 Laptop Battery].

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