Originally Posted by T7T
Sorry for drifting off-topic, but is there actually a specific copy protection for PS2? What is known about it? I don't suppose it's anything like PSP (one of SACD's types of copy protection, the one that requires the special hardware provision in the drive).
PS2 DVD disc has copy protection which can by passed either with hardware or software mod on the PS2 console. But for PS3 to be able to play PS2 disc games, the copy protection still need to be somewhere possibly the on hardware on the BC PS3 models.
We don't really know all the reasons for Sony not wanting to provide software/firmware PS2 disc BC on later PS3 models.
Personally, I think it's because Sony wants to be able to resell you the same PS2 games digitally. Only then, there's profit to be made. Providing free PS2 BC through software/firmware has no profit for Sony since most PS3 gamers already have the PS2 games on the disc or buy them pre-owned really cheap. Plus once PS2 BC is provided on the software, it's not an one time development cost for Sony. There will be many PS2 disc games that will not run properly through emulation (20/60GB PS3 has almost perfect PS2 BC while the original 80GB PS2 BC partially in the software has incompatibility with certain PS2 games. Sony had to keep upgrading the firmware for PS2 BC on 80GB model several times to improve the PS2 games compatibility until they replaced it with the non-BC 80GB model) and it will be a non-ending complains from PS3 gamers on wanting to play the incompatible PS2 games. This leads to more development costs in improving the PS2 BC in the software. That will continue to add more costs to PS3. And it reduces any additional PS2 console sales that some PS3 gamers may buy to be able to play the PS2 disc games.
Sony is a business company. Being nice by giving away free PS2 BC that has large potential of profit isn't what they want.
If you ask any PS3 gamers that want PS2 BC:
1. They don't want to rebuy the same PS2 games they already own.
2. They don't want to keep their existing PS2 console or buy another PS2 console.
3. They want easy ways to either hardware or software mod PS2 console to play pirated PS2 disc games. Sure they call it able to play "backup" PS2 disc games.
4. They want a perfect or almost perfect PS2 BC to play any PS2 disc games.
5. With large PS2 disc games available to play, they have less need to buy PS3 games. There are still far more PS2 games available than PS3 games even today.
None of those is want Sony wants.
With SACD, it's mostly opposite because few PS3 gamers care about able to play SACD. When was the last time you read any PS3 gamers complain the non-BC PS3 models can't play SACD.