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post #1 of 17
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The New 80gb model won't have the Emotion Engine processor.

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All eyes on the PlayStation 3 earlier this week were on its $100 price drop, with few paying much attention to the future 80GB PS3 bundle that will soon occupy the $599 price point. Those planning on waiting until August for the MotorStorm bundle should take note that the hardware inside the 80GB version will differ from all the PlayStation 3 systems released in North America thus far.

Taking a magnified view of the box art of the 80GB PS3 bundle supplied by SCEA, one can clearly read on the side of the package the following text:

“This product has limited backward compatibility with PlayStation and PlayStation 2 format software. Many PlayStation and PlayStation 2 format software titles operate, but full compatibility is not guaranteed. Updating the system software may improve compatibility. Visit www.us.playstation.com for system software update.â€

The move to using software emulation instead of hardware backwards compatibility is a cost-cutting measure for Sony. It is unclear when or if the 60GB PlayStation 3 consoles will be affected, though it would be logical to assume that both console variants will inevitably share the same hardware aside from differing hard disk drives.

In February, Sony revealed that its European-spec PlayStation 3 consoles are shipping with revised hardware that are without the Emotion Engine and Graphics Synthesizer chips used for PlayStation 2 software backwards compatibility. Instead, the PlayStation 3 hardware would emulate the older systems through software, though Sony admitted that backwards compatibility suffers without the dedicated chips. 80GB PlayStation 3 hardware without the dedicated chips first appeared at the console’s launch in South Korea.
http://www.dailytech.com/80GB+PlaySt...rticle7991.htm
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post #2 of 17
Well they had to axe something to bring the price down.
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I think almost every PS3 firmware update included better fixes to backwards compatability, so it's continually getting better and better. I'm yet to play any PS2 game on my Ps3 though.
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post #4 of 17
we've know about this for months since they announced that they will be taking the emotion engine out fo the European PS3's and eventually doing the same everywhere else.
post #5 of 17
It's makes sense. Why spend the extra money putting in hardware when you can do it with software? Espcially since it's a hardly used feature.
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post #6 of 17
yeah this is old lol they disabled it in all the american to go to pure software emulation
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The PS2 had two chips, EE and GS. The original PS3 included both of these. The European removed the EE and moved it to the Cell instead. The GS rendering hardware is still there and will always. This is probably just moving in that direction.

Edit: Just looked and some sources saying they are both gone...some saying they replaced both with a cheaper one....
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post #8 of 17
this is the exact same as the European ps3 guys
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post #9 of 17
yeah they removed the hardware emulation from all ps3's following the european launch and disabled them in the americans. They now use the cell for full software emulation.
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post #10 of 17
I dont think the emotion chip is really needed. Cell is just fine for doing the job and as said each Firmware update is only making the PS2 experience on the PS3 better.
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