Platform holder Sony has for the first time spoken openly about the prospect of PS2 games being offered as digital downloads via the PlayStation Network.
MCV exclusively revealed in September of last year that Sony was already talking to third parties about plans to bring the PS2 back-catalogue to PSN, though the platform holder has never publicly acknowledged the leak.
“With the strength and volume of the rich PS2 line-up, there are obviously fans out there who would love to get their hands on these fan-favourite titles again,” SCEA’s director of hardware marketing John Koller told Examiner.
“We don’t have any news to share on that front at the moment, but keep in mind that digital distribution isn’t the only way to bring classic PS2 games over to PS3. God of War Collection is a great example of how technology like Blu-ray can be used to not only reintroduce PS2 classics.”
Koller went on to say that the expansion of PSN is a cornerstone of Sony’s PlayStation ambitions in 2010.
“It will be a critical part of what we focus on this year,” he stated. “Digital distribution is something that will continually evolve, and we have the perfect platform in PSN to evolve along with it. We can also look forward to more classic PSOne games making resurgence through PSN.”
Sony announced earlier this month that it intends to integrate the PSN brand and functionality into some of its other consumer electronics lines.