There was once a time when you could play any PlayStation game that you want on the PlayStation 3- namely PlayStation 2 and PlayStation 1 games. Since this admirable time, Sony has slowly removed the function altogether, leaving most people with PS2-less PS3’s as many of the original consoles begin to die.
Over the past year, we’ve seen many rumours floating around that Sony have has a secret firmware in their testing labs with PlayStation 2 compatibility. I, for one, would love for this to be true. There have also been rumours that this function will be embedded into another rumoured feature, a PlayStation Network Premium Service. However, there is one main reason as to why this would be bad for Sony.
A PlayStation Premium would mean that people would have to pay for its services, and having to pay for a feature that has already existed in the console and then been removed by Sony would cause an uproar, and I would certainly not be happy about it.
Back to the issue then, why Sony needs PS2 backwards compatibility in the PS3. Many people slag the PS3 off because it no longer has PS2 compatibility. It would also make the people with just a PS2 buy a PS3 (yes, there are still people like that), which would of course be beneficial as it is a bigger number of people than many think.
With E3 next week, and Sony really pushing the PS3 hard with 3D and PlayStation Move, PlayStation 2 backwards compatibility could not come at a better time.