The PlayStation 3 started its life as a backwards compatible console thanks to built-in PlayStation 2 hardware that allowed legacy games to run. The feature was eventually phased out in subsequent console updates, which opens a door to a new revenue stream for the console maker.
Sony's newly launched "Only on PlayStation Network" campaign puts the spotlight on weekly downloadable releases. In addition to each week in October serving as a launchpad for exclusive new digital releases, fans will also get to snatch up a selection of "rare classic games" from the PS2 era.
These vintage titles will be coming to the store tomorrow, a list that includes God Hand, Odin Sphere, GrimGrimoire, Ring of Red and Maximo: Ghosts to Glory. No prices are listed, but PlayStation Plus subscribers will receive a 20 percent discount on all "Only on PSN" titles during this initial launch week. Sony is also offering $10 worth of credit toward November purchases as a bonus for all orders of $60 or more.
The PS2 titles are just one component of the month-long promotion, with weekly PSN releases dropping each week according to the following schedule:
- October 4 - Eufloria and Rochard
- October 11 - Sideway: New York
- October 13 - Sodium Collection
- October 18 - Okabu and RocketBirds
- October 25 - inFAMOUS: Festival of Blood and PixelJunk Sidescroller