PS2, Dreamcast Games May Come To PlayStation Store

PlayStation 2 backwards compatibility could be returning to the PlayStation 3, according to what appears to be an internal document leaked by Sega of America, one that hints at downloadable previous gen games available on a case-by-case basis.

That document, uncovered by French gaming web site Objectif-Sega, notes that "SCEA wants to sell all PS2 titles on PSN," which may indicate a strategy similar to the one Sony has taken with original PlayStation games, released as "PSone Classics." The document appears to be a list of notes from a meeting between Sega of America and Robert Dyer, senior vice president of publisher relations for Sony Computer Entertainment America, dated from early August.

The notes mention two titles, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and an unspecified Sonic the Hedgehog game—there are seven Sonic-starring games for the PS2—as examples of candidates for release.

If the document is legitimate and the notes are accurate, the plan to offer downloadable PlayStation 2 games makes a good deal of sense. Sony just recently announced the God of War collection, which bundles the first two games in the series on a Blu-ray disc for the PS3, with a handful of enhancements. The ability to offer individual games certainly makes a greater deal of business sense, considering the PlayStation 2's 1800 game strong library would offer ample opportunity for profit on digital downloads.

The same document also makes mention of what appear to be downloadable Dreamcast titles for the PlayStation Network. Those titles don't appear to be exclusive to the PlayStation 3, however, as the rumoured meeting notes read "If we provide a list of DC titles SCEA will let us know which ones they're interested in having exclusively."

We've attempted to verify the validity of the document and are seeking comment with Sega of America and Sony Computer Entertainment, but did not hear back before publishing. And, for the record, the above image is merely a "Let's Fantasy" mock up.

[Exclu]Strat├ęgie de SEGA : l'incroyable fuite ? [Objectif-Sega via NeoGAF]


    That would be too awesome, it better be true.

    That makes sense, so the plans for new 'software emulation software' that surfaced months ago, weren't so you could play old ps2 games on the ps3, they were so Sony can CHARGE you to rebuy the games in a digital format from the PSN store!

    I would love to be able to play my ps2 games that i already have on my ps3.

    They might as well charge you for the PS2 emulation software instead, or alongside digital versions of the games.

    I would be willing to pay up to $150au (the price for a new PS2 I think) for a 100% working PS2 emulation software on my PS3. I don't got any room around to put a physical PS2...

    Buying digital PS2 games doesn't hit me atm. Maybe in about 2-3 years when they start disappearing from retail stores, then yes.

    it was obvious they were going to do that.
    freakishly obvious.
    you don't discontinue a system capable of playing old games for no good reason.
    why let you play your old ps2 games for free?
    there's money to be made!!
    throw out those dirty old ps2 discs and fill
    up your new 250gb hard drives with the same old drivell you just threw away!
    crafty old sony

    Its most likely true. Sony would only give us backwards compatibility if it meant buying our games again. sigh

    I just know I'm going to end up buying some of them too, it just aint right abusing customers like this.

    I never got a chance to finish it on my DC (I played it so much that I wreaked the disc and the memory card before I finished..before I got through half the game, even. I tend to do that with really good games) Finally, I will get a chance to finish this baby!

    Games companies have been doing this for ages. Compilations etc

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