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So is the PS3 ever going to be BC?

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Even though i have a PS2(2 in fact), I was wondering if sony had any plans to remake the PS3 BC. It would be nice to get rid of my PS2 plus the main reason why i would get a PS3 is for blu-ray and to play a few RPGs over again(FF). Its the summer of RPG's for me since im going to repurchase FFX and FFX-2(sold them) along with lost odyssey, mass effect, ffxii, and GTAIV(not an rpg i know, for the 360).

That is my list of games i wish to buy and complete before the summer is up. But it would be a pain that i can't have only 3 systems play everything i need instead of getting four. stand alone blu-ray players are outta my budget and will just take up space.

I know the gunmetal ps3 is comming out but will it play ps2 games? i rather have a shiny black one.
    
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what is BC?>??
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Backwards Compatible I believe.

It looks like that sweet feature is gone for good unfortunately.
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BC= Backward's Compatible and no the only current PS3 that you can get retail (40GB) is not it. and it doesn't look like the new 120GB's will have it either (although they will come with the dualshock3). Your best bet is to find a used or refurbished 20 or 60GB and upgrade the hard drive if you need more space.
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oh joy
    
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I heard rumors about a possible PS2 emulator (no chip, just software, so it will work on every PS3 after some update) for the PS3 being under development @ Sony.
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if I were you I'd buy a 20gb on ebay and add a nice HD. or just keep your media on your pc and stream it. It works great for completely legally apprehended videos such as movies and tv shows.

take that apple TV
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Is the PS3 ever going to be BC?
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AFAIK the NTSC 60Gb PS3 has the PS2 hardware (emotion chip?), however the PAL 60Gb version maintained BC using software emulation, so in theory it could still be implemented.
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The 40 gig PS3 is the only one that is not backwards compatible with PS2 games. All will play PS1 games. The 20 and 60 gig PS3 which are no longer in production have hardware backwards compatibility (They have the PS2's Emotion Engine and Graphics Synthesizer inside them.) The 80 gig PS3, which is still being produced, is backwards compatible via software emulation (The Emotion Engine is removed, and emulated by software, but the Graphics Synthesizer is still there.)

The only difference being if you are in Europe in which case the 60 gig PS3 sold there use software emulation instead of hardware.

The hardware emulation will play any PS2 game that meets Sony's TDC (Technical Design Checklist).

You can check backwards compatibility for the software emulation at this site: http://www.us.playstation.com/Support/CompatibleStatus

Hardware emulation means roughly 98% of PS2 games will work. While software emulation means roughly 90% of PS2 games will work.

Hope this clears things up.
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