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RUMOR: Sony releasing upscaling emulator for PS2 and PS-One games

This is classified as a rumor, but we really hope it's as RumorReporter says and consider it more of on the Report end, rather than the Rumor. We've kicked the whole "replacing hardware backwards compatibility with software" story to death (and we've got one more post to go on it, actually), so you know all about that. But now, an "anonymous industry insider" (who else gives us these rumors?) tells us that Sony is toying around with something else, beyond the 1.60 firmware update coming up soon.

HD upscaling of specific PS2 and PS-One titles is rumored to be in the works for, possibly, summer. We're not talking about 480p support -- the internal PS3 upscaler will move these games into 1080i/720p! Just think how some of your favorite games would look if they're supported by the PlayStation 3 into 1080i/720p... it's almost legendary in awesomeness. Let's hope we get more official word on this closer to summer.

[thanks, Bruce!]

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1. Some pics of FF XII running in 1080p were posted on CAG , some days ago. Said to be running off of a dev kit. I think this is perfect for God of War II which is coming out on the 9th..

Posted at 12:14PM on Mar 1st 2007 by Thomas

2. This is really a great piece of news. I am curious how they will upsample. Will it be adding triangles to the geometry?

Posted at 12:30PM on Mar 1st 2007 by Gamey McGee

3. This could prove decisive for a lot of people who are considering a PS3.

Posted at 12:31PM on Mar 1st 2007 by Bored

4. Xbox games get cleaned up well on the 360, so I'd imagine that PS2 games would finally look "normal" upscaled. Unless this is implented, the PS3 still isn't a good vessel for PS2 games (still have two PS2's which do the job much better). Need the dualshock adapter for rumble as well.

I hope they do this so I can remove the PS2 from my gaming rig though. Maybe Shadow of the Colossus/ICO/FFXII won't be so horribly jaggy after being upscaled?

Posted at 1:11PM on Mar 1st 2007 by SuicideNinja

5. Just a rumor... but nice one at least. I wonder if upscaling 1080i/720p (or 1080p if possible) will make any visual improvements on SDTV?

Posted at 4:00PM on Mar 1st 2007 by Snappywave

6. @Rob Holiday

Since Sony is getting rid of the Emotion Engine chip in the Euro PS3, but leaving the Graphics Synthesizer chip. What if, and only IF, that the Graphics Synthesizer might be Sony upscaler chip for video output.

Posted at 5:31PM on Mar 1st 2007 by DarkMan

7. I seen those screenshots at
a few days ago, the CAG thread is

Funny how know one has picked up that the rez of th epics is 1280x960. I don't see how that fits into the HD rez's of 1280x720 (720P) and 1920x1080(1080i/p), fair enough that 1280x960 is double 640x480(480i/p). But then again if it is running on a dev kit it could be out putting through vga to a monitor, they could be working on the initial upscaling before resizing and adding borders to fit widescreen. Which brings up a good point how willl they handle widescreen games? PS2 widescreen is anamorphic and there is no way for the console to know if it should be using widescreen or adding bars to the sides (don't know the term, if there is one), maybe a user option?

Posted at 6:11PM on Mar 1st 2007 by taz030485

8. If they are OpenGL 3D games, upscaling is as simple as changing the renderer resolution as long as the "emulator" has the power for it. I don't see this as a problem in the PS3. The textures and such would be the same, but your going to have "cleaner" looking model geometry.

Posted at 7:40PM on Mar 1st 2007 by Andir3.0

9. Be carefull about the rumors!!! ;)

Posted at 7:49PM on Mar 1st 2007 by Jesus R.

10. Give me high quality DVD upscaling instead, please.

Posted at 9:54PM on Mar 1st 2007 by humpty


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