IGN has a story up citing Ultra One, a Japanese monthly tech magazine whose July issue reports that the PS3 will include the unified Emotion Engine/Graphic Synthesizer combo chip that currently resides in the slim-PS2 model, thus ensuring a high level of backwards compatibility. This is a change from their claim that the PS3 would use software to emulate older games, similar to the solution the Xbox 360 (still) employs. The key points of such a decision:
- It will increase the price of each unit; as the software solution approaches 100% compatibility, they will have the option of removing the hardware to cut costs.
- The PS3 could use a software / hardware combination to have even greater backwards compatibility than the PS2 slim currently enjoys.
- Will the system handle graphical upgrades -- similar to the 360's upsampling of older games -- if they use a hardware solution?
PlayStation 3 not 100% backwards compatible?
So will or won't the Sony PlayStation 3 be backwards compatible?
[Thanks, Canadian Geese and David]