Widely and wildly reported ... or blogged ... on The Register and elsewhere, PS3 to play all PSOne, PS2 games. This little tibit was gleaned from an interview on Electronic News with Tom Reeves, VP of semiconductor and technology services at IBM. Most of the interview is about IBM's new chip technology and the Sony/IBM/Toshiba Cell processor. Way at the end Mr. Reeves says, "Sony is very concerned about quality and backward compatibility. They want to get this right. They tested game after game after game. When there were about 40 Playstation 1 games that didn’t work properly, that didn’t pass their criteria for quality." Some have interpreted this to mean that of the 7,000 Playstation titles only 40 will not work on the PS3. However Tom really didn't give a number of games tested. Just, " game after game after game". Did they test 80 games and determine that a 50% compatibility rate is not acceptable? Does it play using the original media or do you need a service like Playstation Live Arcade or whatever they are going to call it? In the context of the interview Tom is really talking about the fab quality of the chip. Was Sony using the Playstation games just as part of a test suite for the chip with no intention of releasing them commercially. Mr. Reeves never mentioned anything about PS2 games. Where did such a claim come from?
That would definitely make the console much more lucrative for consumers.
Does this mean that PS1 games will be sold in a huge amount again?