PS2 full-game downloads coming to PSN?

Source: A forum post and screenshot on the N4G message boards. What we heard: It was undoubtedly with a sigh of relief that Sony at long last completely popped the top off of PlayStation 3 firmware version 2.40, ending months of rumors and speculation as to what the update would do and when it...

Source: A forum post and screenshot on the N4G message boards.

What we heard: It was undoubtedly with a sigh of relief that Sony at long last completely popped the top off of PlayStation 3 firmware version 2.40, ending months of rumors and speculation as to what the update would do and when it would be doing it. Unfortunately for Sony's public relations team, that respite has proven to be short-lived, as new rumors have ignited over what the gamemaker will reveal at its E3 Media and Business Summit press conference in July.

If a user on the N4G message boards is to be believed, Sony has a mind to release PlayStation 2 games as downloadable content for the PlayStation 3. Equipped with a convincing photo (pictured), the poster claims "a friend" working at Sony London told him (ironically enough) through Microsoft's MSN messaging service that Sony plans to unveil the feature during this year's E3.

"I was speaking to a friend last night on MSN who works at Sony London," said the forumite, in suspiciously coherent diction. "I was actually asking him about the new XMB update, and if he knows when it'll be out. He told me it was scheduled to launch [at] E3, but more interesting was his info on a new Playstation 2 Store that'll also be announced at E3 too! Basically Sonys [sic] answer to Xbox Originals...Apparently, it wont [sic] be released during E3, but is scheduled for a late summer release. Most surprising is that its [sic] supposedly launching in Europe first!"

In the screenshot (pictured), seven different PS2 games are depicted, from top left to right: Fantavision, Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, Red Faction, Ridge Racer V, Smuggler's Run, SSX, and The Bouncer. The poster did not delve into pricing information, but the screenshot indicates that MGS2, at least, will run for £12.99 (about $25.90).

In and of itself, the message emanates a dubious stink. It's a time-honored Internet tradition to perform acts of wanton stupidity under a freshly assumed username, and the PS2 DLC bombshell is the first message from this poster. It also doesn't help that the post itself contains patently false information. Though PS3 firmware v.2.40--which adds an in-game cross media bar (XMB) and trophies, among other features--had been rumored to launch during E3, the publisher said just today that the update will arrive July 2, a full two weeks before the annual trade show gets under way.

Sony's stance on backward compatibility is also problematic in this equation. In the PlayStation 3's since-discontinued 60GB and 20GB iterations, the ability to play original PlayStation and PlayStation 2 games came standard, thanks to the inclusion of the Emotion Engine processing chip. However, Sony stripped out that chip when it launched the 80GB, instead relying on software-based emulation to play PS2 games. The most recent revision--the 40GB SKU--is entirely devoid of emulation capabilities for PS2 software.

The official story: Unequivocal responses are a rare treat from any PR team, but that's just what Sony was quick to deliver in regard to this report. "Those images must have been mocked up, and are fueling a lot of rumor and speculation," said a Sony representative. "It is just that, rumors and speculation. There are currently no plans for PS2 games [to be made] available for download via PlayStation Network."

Bogus or not bogus?: Bogus.

Written By

Discussion

144 comments
battlfrnt2006
battlfrnt2006

Battlefront 2, Battlefront 2, BATTLEFRONT 2!!!

02050muh
02050muh

damn! its a bogus! it will be cool if they put full ps2 games for download on ps3...lots of older games i wanna play again! DMC3, metal gear 2 & 3, final fantasy 10 & 12, Bully, GTA san andreas, Kindom Hearts, n many other!!!

Ashitaka96
Ashitaka96

It's personal preferences, some people I guess don't like to play older games. I myself thoroughly enjoy the older games. I've bought tons of VC games and a few PSOne Classics. Now when their priced badly, like the XBox Originals, then I stay away. $10 or $9.99 would be much more reasonable. I would pay that much for PS2 games and XBO's. I actually buy VC and PSOne games that I own physically just because I like not having to fish for the game that is usually hiding in a container. Their all conveniently in only two or three locations my Wii and PS3/PSP, Again it's all preferences.

Aduh_Awas
Aduh_Awas

Master Chief you may not but I certainly would. Theres a lot pf PS2 gems that Ive missed out on and would give me a chance to play them if they were available on PSN. I do have a PS2, but a lot of older games for it are harder to come by nowadays.

master_chief_MN
master_chief_MN

Another scam to make us pay for the same games over and over and over. Why do they need to reach so far to get our money? Putting out quality new titles would have the same effect. I will never pay to download an old game (and for the record, I haven't to this day).

MindsEye13
MindsEye13

Someone let me know when I can download 'GORF'. In the meantime, LONG LIVE MY VIC 20!! Oh, wait. It died years ago....... I weep..... and in accordance to fanboys, I believe all fanboys are hated by other fanboys. It's the fanboy way. I've said it so much now that fanboy has lost all meaning to me.

ksathra
ksathra

Bogus? Yeah right.... it's just Sony trying to cover their butts from something leaking out that is supposed to be covered in E3.

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

Still got my PS2 to play PS2 games so I picked up the 40GB PS3 and this is good news for me. The only game I have right now for it is MGS4 and its hard to even break away from my 360 to play it. Good move Sony. I guess I'll have to invest in a bigger HD for it though.

Icey_YaDig
Icey_YaDig

I love my 60 GB and it's backwards compatability.

FallenOneX
FallenOneX

And people wonder why Sony fanboys are hated some much...... LEARN TO READ THE ENTIRE ARTICLE PEOPLE! I feel better now. But this never woud have worked out if it was real. At least most of the games on VC are hard to find, PS2 games are everywhere, only a few are that scarce. And out of those, the rights to put it on the PSN would have been a nightmare. Sometimes, bogus is good news.

valuum
valuum

GOD people please finish reading the ENTIRE article before your speak. the ending clearly states that this is BOGUS. PS3 will not be providing this service. To cooldude3, plz think before you speak, or more importantly, SPEND. If buying a last-gen game from the xbox originals service is doesnt make sense to you because you already own the title, and the service is "the single biggest rip off", then why did you purchase a game in the first place??????? If you see the service on live and think "gee, what a waste of f***ing money i already have this game" and you purchase the title anyways, you are (to me at least) either someone who has nothing better to do then to impersonate a 360 owner and emphasize its potential faults in order to jump on the ps3 praising bandwagon, or a f***ing idiot. to gamerkiduri, please grow up.

gamerkiduri
gamerkiduri

PS3 ROX!!!!!! the psn is getting better then live cause we hve pshome and all these new sik stuff. psn is now better then liive and the great thing is tht it is FREE!!!!!!!!!! long live sony

cooldude03
cooldude03

I'm not a fan of downloading last gen games. Buying games that I already own doesn't make sense. Xbox Live offers Xbox Originals and I believe they are the single biggest rip off in online gaming. I've bought one before paying $15 for a glitched copy of once great games doesn't make me a happy gamer.

acerazer
acerazer

Nah, I heard that they will make select PS2 games downloadable eventually, making use of the software emulation of the 80 GB. As for the 40 GB, I heard an update is coming in October to finally bring software emulation to the 40 GB and thus you can finally play PS2 games on there, as well as download them. Just what I heard though, could be false.

grigjd3
grigjd3

Probably wrong, but if not, the pricing sure seems ridiculous. Why would I pay close to $30 for a game that I can get for my PS2 for ten bucks, max.

rikhan_z
rikhan_z

PS2 is still having good business, the moment I saw the headline... I knew there was something wrong.

cooldude03
cooldude03

[This message was deleted at the request of the original poster]

thekey
thekey

I know the PS2 is the GOD of all systems but please just let it go people! The PS3 is here and it's is/was/or could be way better. The more support the PS3 gets the better the games will be.

rockutd
rockutd

Wow, that could be awesome.

titansandgators
titansandgators

This is great but the only problem is they will use it as a look at what we got and bs the amount of downloads available. The Xbox360 got this originals download and they only got about 12 games. I hope psn dont wait 6months before we reach 10 games on the download like the xbox. Is it me or is the PSN network starting to sound like XBL. I hope they do it and do it better for FREE baby. The heck with the extras fix the gaming online connections first please.

09231991
09231991

I agree Nikefreak. This is definitely fake. MS didn't make their system BC for a reason. I bought my 360 for the sole intention of playing brand new 360 games and thats it. The 360 offers I think around 200 games being BC and then also offers the Downloadable games as well. The way they do it (Downloadable) is based on popular demand by the consumers. If Sony wants to do this, they should do it the way MS is doing it, have a section of their site dedicated to this and have people pouring in emails of what games they want and the ones that they get the most, they put up for download but it would have to be very cheap. I mean, MGS 2 is $5 now so if they charged like 10 or more, that would be a complete rip-off. Another issue is space. Yes I know you can go out and buy another HDD and add it to the overall amount but how much is that. PS3, arcade and DLC already take up more than enough room. Lets not forget that Downloadable movies are coming as well which will take up room (Its only temporary though) So if they did this, they are going to be asking for a lot. Lastly, money is an issue for Sony as of now. Sony isn't make a single dime off of their systems as of now and also for a while because of all the screw-ups they've had. They are starting to add movies to be downloadable which will cost them lots money and then if they add this and they don't make much profit, they'll lose even more money. Doing this would be a huge gamble on their part and the consumer as well because if they aren't making much money off of it, they'll have to cancel it possibly making the ones already Downloaded useless at that point. This is definitely bogus for now but in the future it could be a reality.

kos1085
kos1085

Why would we need downloadable PS2 game if most of them are easily obtained from a gamestop or local game store??? I would much rather the release of more PS1 originals such as the xmen vs street fighter and marvel vs capcom that are overpriced on Ebay and amazon.

MrLetty
MrLetty

I have a 60 gig so now i can play my tomb raider 2 and be happy..

nikefreak
nikefreak

This wont happen, and if it were, it would be a long, long time. There are a few reasons for that, but most importantly Sony has made it difficult on itself to pull this off, due to two large reasons.. 1. They tried to limit people on PS2 games by removing the back compat from the 40gb model, where the 80gb model at least has the graphics synthesizer chip (it uses software to emulate the emo engine), while the 40gb model has none of the chips and would require full software emulation. Thus, any downloaded PS2 games would have to have full software emulation, as well as support for hardware emulation on 20gb/60gb models, and support for 80gb partial hard/soft emulation.. (Or they could go just software on all, but that wouldnt work best). 2. Many people would be mad (40gb owners) if they cannot play the PS2 games they already own, but, can buy them again and play them. They would feel Sony were cheating them by making them purchase the same game twice just to play it on the 40gb model. So, as you can see Sony would create too many waves with that, and probably knows its best to stay away from it. Not to mention they straight up said its not happening when contacted for comment. Still, I find it humorous the people who dont even read the article, they just see "Sony" or "Playstation" and go "yay! sonys the bestest!" lmao... Gave me a chuckle :)

oldogg
oldogg

I notice a lot of people getting excited.... did you read the article? it says the storys not true.... lol

miketheman08
miketheman08

PLAYSTATION IS THE BEST SYSTEM TO BE CREATED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

miketheman08
miketheman08

this is really great playstation is improving its self more each day with new things to do online and inproving the software and system

bradly_2795
bradly_2795

This is a good idea. This will be another step in putting the PSN on the same tier as XBL with their Xbox Originals. It will be a good thing for people who missed the games they will make available, however I don't think it's going to make it worth a repurchase for original buyers of the games.

NeoNavarro
NeoNavarro

I really like this idea. I just installed a 250GB Hard Drive in my PS3 now I can have some justification for buying such a large hard drive and put it to good use. I can't wait to see that list grow!

wahsu_1
wahsu_1

I see this becoming true in the near future...

joeyd66
joeyd66

After just finishing mgs4,I would love to play mgs2 again.I wud also like to play killzone because i never played it before.

ThisIsntLeonard
ThisIsntLeonard

Better off that it's not possible, yet atleast. If Sony wants to incorporate all of the media elements into the PS3 (music and movies especially), they'll need more space. The hard drive space wouldn't be able to hold 2-3 movies, 12 hours of music, AND various PS1 and PS2 games. Only if they could make the game renderings a small file size.

mullen15
mullen15

just another reason why i need to buy a ps3

Wezker619
Wezker619

this one goes to shroom, I dunno, tell that to people who own a 360 and why do they download original xbox games on a 20gig hardrives? I think it would be a smart Idea if Sony did this. Of course Japan's Playstation Store would be a lot better. Anyway, awesome if they had Socom 2 on it.

InfectX
InfectX

Wow, I can;t remember the last time they gave us a straight-up "bogus" or "not bogus".

omarfierros
omarfierros

it would be awesome if sony made it happen

Kruegmeister
Kruegmeister

I believe that this will eventually become Reality, even if the picture is a Hoax. Which will be good news for 40 Gig owners because they would then get the Backwards Compatibility added to their Model.

viking805fan
viking805fan

To wackyzaky95 I Checked my U.S. region account and it doesnt Crash Team Racing and I created a UK account and u guys do have it. UK and US account have different PSone games for download...go figure. lol

spydersvenom7
spydersvenom7

I'm pretty sure GamePro already spoke with Sony and proved this to be a fake image. Either way, who cares? I can get MGS2 for $4.99 at Gamestop and all MGS 1-3 for $29.99, why in the world would I pay 13 pounds ($25 US) for just MGS2? Even if I only owned the 40 GB PS3, I'd go out and rebuy a PS2 for like $60 and then buy discs again. Sony claims there will not be PS2 games on the PSN and I, for one, definitely agree that it would be pointless at a price more than $15/game.

wackyzaky95
wackyzaky95

I thought Crash Team Racing was already on PSN to the guy below me. I want the original MGS to go on PSN first! I lost it and haven't played it for yearrrrrrs. (The r's account for how many years :P)

viking805fan
viking805fan

Its possible, i would like to replay some of my ps2 favorites like FFX. I think they should first try and focus on getting us user better PSOne Classic. For example. FFVII, FFVIII, FFIX, Crash Team Racing, Tomb raider, Chrono Cross, Soul Blade. Ps2 games are welcome too though...

IncrediBurch
IncrediBurch

Sony needs to make a standard PS3 SKU that has full backwards compatibility.

biggs92--
biggs92--

Bogus: A. Take up alot of HDD space, so sony wouldn't bother cause people wouldn't want to download them B. the prices shown are more than you buy the PS2 game for anyway C. I still got my PS2, and my PS3 plays some PS2 games and if they are others like me that rules out some more market.

Sheiko
Sheiko

Anybody that appreciates their PS2 would get a much bigger HDD or 2. If PS2 games are playable on PS3 again i'll buy me one otherwise not worth the upgrade/update.

shroom76
shroom76

even if it wasnt bogus... who would download a ps2 game for 20-25 dollars to take up 8 gigs of harddrive space?