Partially Backwards Compatible PS3 Resurrected
The newly announced Metal Gear Solid 4 PS3 bundle will feature an 80GB PS3 with “some PS2 backwards compatibility”.
Following rumors that the 80GB PS3 was set to be discontinued, SCEA president Jack Tretton announced Tuesday that, due to “incredible demand”, the company would be manufacturing more 80GB PS3s for North America to ship as part of a Metal Gear Solid 4 bundle.
Surprisingly the MGS4 bundle will feature a partially backwards compatible PS3, allowing gamers to play some PS2 titles, according to SCEA PR manager Al De Leon.
“Yes, similar to the MotorStorm bundle, the new MGS4 bundle features an 80GB PS3 with some PS2 backwards compatibility,” he wrote in a PlayStation Blog post.
Prior to the PS3’s debut Sony insisted backwards compatibility was highly important. It then proceeded to phase out PS3 launch models which boasted PS2 backwards compatibility, either via embedded hardware or software emulation, suggesting PS2 playback on the console was set to become a thing of the past as the platform holder wholeheartedly threw its weight behind its next-gen software drive. However, the new partially backwards compatible PS3, as well as Sony’s acknowledgement that PS2 games could be made available to PS3 owners as downloads over the PlayStation Network, may signal yet another reversal in strategy.
SCEA also announced Tuesday the North American release of a God of War: Chains of Olympus PSP bundle, and a US launch date for the rumble-enabled Dualshock 3 controller.