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Submitted by colossalblue 780d ago | news

Sony Hiring PS2 Emulation Engineer for PS3

"A recent job posting on the official PlayStation Jobs site suggests that Sony might be ramping up the number of titles, though, or at least getting better at making that emulator sing." (PS2, PS3, Sony)

Da Ill One  +   780d ago
Are maybe it's for the PS 4 to have Backwards Compatibility with PS 1, 2, & 3. Unless I missed it, the Job listing doesn't specify that it's for the PS 3.
Xwow2008  +   780d ago
yes its for ps4, ps2 emulator is already available on ps3 but u need to rebuy your games again from psn. :(
I have no problem playing old games on gaikai. I can already see the different options sony could provide. I think they are setting themselves up for great things next gen!
SilentNegotiator  +   780d ago
....well if you bought a PS3 without the hardware emulator or buggy software emulator and don't own a ps2, what do you want? Free games?

If you have ps2 games, it would PROBABLY make some sense to have a ps2 to play them anyway. Emulation is never as good as the real thing. Even on PC when you can make some nice adjustments, you still tend to run into issues.
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Xwow2008  +   780d ago
I have a ps3 fat so iam not worried about running my ps2 games but i was just pointing that you need to rebuy the games with the new emulator.

p.s the current emulator is not buggy.
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blumatt  +   780d ago
http://dlb-network.com/2012...

Let's just hope the PS4 at least plays PS3 games. If it plays PS2 and PSX games, then we'll be really happy. haha
fr0sty  +   780d ago
Considering the PS4/Orbis will likely ditch the cell processor in favor of a more conventional (and more powerful by today's standards) CPU, backwards compatibility will be very difficult. Much like, after removing the PS2's CPU and GPU from the launch model of PS3, it also was not able to emulate the PS2's games well enough to release an all in one emulator, so backwards compatibility was removed on future models. Individual PS2 games instead got re-released as a result. It actually forged a new market of HD remakes, one that has even spread beyond PlayStation with the Halo remake.

However, as Ziggurcat below points out, Gaikai could remove that barrier completely. Not as good as hardware based BC, as it's network based and will likely have a fee (Prolly at least a PS+ membership to access the back catalogue.), however it's still a good solution to not being able to do it at the hardware level.
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vulcanproject  +   779d ago
CELL software emulation would indeed be viciously difficult if not near impossble on current x86 hardware because it is such a unique architecture.

You can pretty much take it as given that any PS4 is not going to software emulate PS3, and it'll need at least the CELL cpu lobbed in somewhere as hardware.

Again this is possible but I am not certain sony would bother with the added cost of it and if they did it would be the first thing to be cut again just like the PS2 hardware was quickly removed from PS3 models.
Axecution  +   779d ago
What if the PS4 makes you play only digital ps3 games, and that's why Sony's doing this day-1 thing :O

CUNSPIRASY haha just kidding that would be awful
ziggurcat  +   780d ago
it's called gaikai.
aquamala  +   780d ago
It's not backward compatibility if you have to rebuy the games
Swiftcricket  +   780d ago
@aquamala

This. Tired of everyone making Gaikai out to be the 100% solution. Gaikai will be nice I'm sure but some of us already have huge PS1 and PS2 libraries that would have to spend a ton of money in order to play again with that service. And I kind of also doubt every single game ever released in even just those two consoles lifetime will be available. It would just be way more convenient to have a single do-it-all system for those of us that's been gaming for a long time.
himdeel  +   780d ago
Meh this needs to read"Sony Hiring PS2 Emulation Engineer for PS Vita". I dont care to play any PS2 games on my PS3 now even the HD remakes. I am however interested in these same games on my Vita.
andibandit  +   779d ago
Yeah thats EXACTLY what the Vita needs....more old Franchises/Games.....
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WeskerChildReborned  +   780d ago
I hope it does have backwards compatibility, that would make it a day 1 buy for me .
Conzul  +   780d ago
Oh please....Sony, PLEASE! YES! Make my Day!
TacoTaru  +   779d ago
Don't worry about it. Sony will let you re-buy all your old PS3 games in a new format to play on your new PS4.
Mikeyy  +   779d ago
It would be hard to get the PS3 excusives running im sure, but all the Multiplatform games will probably emulate fine, they all completely failed at utilizing the Cell the way it was ment to be used due to just lazy xbox ports.
Messor  +   780d ago
This could be for the Vita.
Snookies12  +   780d ago
Don't you dare get my hopes up... Lol
HarryMasonHerpderp  +   780d ago
That would be amazing.
RmanX1000  +   780d ago
That would be amazing... but.... i dont know... i want to believe... but... Argh....
extermin8or  +   780d ago
It's likely for the PSN, PS2 games; getting them to function on PS4 and PS Vita :P
Nawert  +   780d ago
Keep the classic games coming to all your systems Sony!
Chupa-Chupa  +   780d ago
Ok, after talking to a friend that works for Sony, she mentioned this. "I'm not working on any of those contracts/projects, but I can tell you that PS2 games are supposed hit the Vita store soon." There you have it. *But please take it with a grain of salt*
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Captain Tuttle  +   780d ago
Just one?
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StrawHatPatriot  +   780d ago
I've never really been high on freemium. I mean, how many online gaming fads have been only fads because of free to play? (Fusion Fall, Qiuckhit football). Only some have survived, which are usually the ones from bigger companies.
kingPoS  +   780d ago
Honestly I don't see a problem at all. If you dislike a game then don't buy or play it, simple as that. Let those who enjoy them... enjoy them.

I believe Sony's trying to have PS2 games accessible on not only the PS3 but the Vita & PS4/Orbis as well.
Treian  +   780d ago
being able to play all ps1,ps2, and ps3 games on the ps4. One can dream.
nevin1  +   780d ago
I think this is for PS4/Vita than PS3. Im sorry but untill someone explains how PSN PS2 games work, I think all PS3s can run PS2 games. I think Sony just locked it just to resell it.

Wait a min, since its rumored that the PS4 won't have the Cell chip, shouldnt Sony hired PS3 engineers?
MultiConsoleGamer  +   780d ago
This is all for Gakai, and I can see I'm not the first to mention this.
WitWolfy  +   780d ago
Sounds too good to be true.. But could be related to that External device Sony patent a while back

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TheKayle  +   779d ago
i high doubt that ps4 will run ps3 with his hardware..the only chance is on gaikai....remember the architecture of the ps3 is unique..and also the codes of the games of it

99.9% the ps4 will be a x86
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Gamesgbkiller  +   779d ago
Why no VITA ?!
csreynolds  +   779d ago
Doesn't specify that the emulator is for the PS3. Accuracy matters.

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