PS3 dropping hardware support for PS2 emulation

If you are one of the (comparatively) few considering a PlayStation 3 purchase any time soon, you might want to make the move before the new 80 gig models come out.  While normally such advice would seen bad, in this case you are looking at better backwards emulation by giving up that extra 20 gig.

“The current 60 GB model utilizes a hardware and solution for backwards compatibility, namely the Emotion Engine chip,” said SCEA’s Kimberly Otzman. “The new 80 GB PS3 will use a software solution for backwards compatibility, similar to that currently found in the PAL model.”

While for a lot of folks such a change won’t matter, anyone who does plan on running PS2 games on their PS3 will be much happier with a hardware based solution.  Don’t believe it?  Well, consider this quote from David Reeves (of Sony’s European entertainment division) regarding the US and Japanese PS3’s backwards emulation compared to the European PS3:

The backwards compatibility is not going to be as good as the U.S. and Japan models

So now the ball is in your court, console buyer.

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