Sony boss Jack Tretton said in a roundtable with journalists at E3 today that he would have liked to have had backwards compatibility in PlayStation 3, but the company has made its decision and is sticking with it.
hooray for my original backwards compatible 60gb!
Hells yaa! When I picked mine up I was able to trade in my PS2 for some extra credit towards the PS3 because I knew it was backwards compatible. I still pick up bargain bin PS2 games here and there that I never had a chance to play before. Edit: It just occurred to me that this is going to be the 5th sku for the PS3 not including the Metal Gear edition. They really should just make up their minds.
the original 60gb ps3 is still the best. UPDATE: WTF? now i have 3 bubbles?!. bastards
I'll bubble u up Kami :), and yes, I love my 60GB, but I got to get a new hard drive soon, running out of space.
Basically, they could have added one slot under the PS3 for a module. Extra cost for the slot: $2 max. Not much in the overal price. Then you sell the BC module for like $40. People who really wanted it could have bought it. It could have been bundled as well. And nobody would complaint about it anymore. I would also have been very curious to see how many people would buy it TODAY! I'm pretty sure, years ago, it would have been a decent seller, but today? not that many for sure. Most would buy another PS3 game with that money, and take out the old PS2 to take care of that sudden PS2 need.
60gb PS3 plays the most games of ANY console EVER made. Playstation games to boot, Hardcore games that's why had no problems paying $600+ for one way back in Jan 07 i was playing RESISTANCE 40 players online and FREE on day 1! and i was still playing ODIN SPHERE (PS2) MOTORSTORM on the side. great launch IMO VIVA LA RESISTANCE
IS THE BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!
Tretton is a liar, he couldn't care less about the mooks that buy 'gimped' PS3's.
Well, if they added the backwards compatibilty, SONY will loose even more money.
Seriously, who cares. Be gone with it. I sold my PS2 and all of its games. I now have a PS3, I am here to play PS3. Now on with PS3...leave the rest behind.
I love playing PS2 games.
iu will never get rid of my ps2 heck i still got my 2600 up and running
I care..my precioussss
Not disagreeing with that plan. They need to focus on the PS3 now.
I too would like Backwards compatibility to stay in the PS3. There really is a lot of great games for both the PS1 and PS2 and not being able to play them would suck if I did not already own a 60 gig PS3. I just wonder how Sony will let people know the new 80 gig will not have BC. I know if I were to buy a PS3 thinking it could play both PS1 and PS2 games to find out it can't would suck.
Its just ps2 compatibility that will be gone.
SOOO run and get a 80gb metal gear pack before their all gone? I got my 60gb luckily but i need a backup.
I'd care more if I didn't still own my PS2. I've played a couple PS1/PS2 games on my 80gig PS3, but normally I just play on the PS2.
I was hoping they'd make the 40GB PS3s BC through software in a future firmware update. Now I have to buy a PS2 in order to play FFX/FFX-2/FFXII again (gave my old one away).
I bought a ps3 for ps3 software and i own a ps2 for ps2 software. I have the 60gb ps3 but never once played a ps2 game on the ps3. I dont see what the big deal is, because ps2 cost about $129.99 and i know people that spend more than 129.99 on gas a month.
Nope, they're simply going to toss up Ps2 games on the store. Wait and see this is a strategic plan for ps2 only owners to buy ps2 games and ps2 systems and for ps3 owners to not buy ps2 games themselves but DL them. Watch and see.
My 80gb PS3 has played all the 39 PS3 and 37 PSone titles I own, and they all work without a hitch. The 80gb BC is about as good as the 60gb model.
i have to say its pretty sweet having backwards compatibility on my PS3. I never owned a PS2 or PS1 so I got to work and beat all the kingdom hearts, metal gears, and god of wars....and I feel bad for my friend who cant
I think that they are doing this for 2 main reasons. 1st and formost, they want to keep the cost low for PS3 because that Emotion Engine sure is making it harder to lower the cost. 2nd is to keep the momentum of the PS2. although sales slowing, it's still selling considerably good and Sony gain profit from that little monster and in it's 9th year!! it's now at $129 and they announced the new $149 bundle which makes the PS2 a sweet deal! With diversely huge library of games, mostly are selling for cheap now, and tons of new games coming, there's no reason to pulled it out of the market just yet! compared to last generation, the penetration of next-gen is still not high enough and I think the PS2 will survive a couple more years!
the BC for the original 60 gig is quite alot better than owning the PS2, no memory card, dual layers disc play better, deinterlace all games to progreeisve 480p up to 1080p.
Just got the 80gb motor pack for 399 plus shipping. Found it on google checkout. Anyone that really wants PS2 Comp will get it, especially if they are game collectors. Why and the hell do people that only play Madden or Singstar or Guitar Hero need this. Ehhhhh, they don't. Hand it to Sony for at least giving us people who really needed it the chance to have it.
Then sony doesnt give a damm if you want BC or not
It has the power, they'll have to be RAM efficient though, PCSX2 users need about 2-4gb of RAM to get anywhere, even though its on PC, still. With the right Cell programming it could handle it like a charm. Although, the time to code it well enough would be lengthy. Maybe...a year or two by a pro team.
All I've got to say is that I'm glad I was an early adopter and got my 60GB PS3 a month after launch. I definantly wanted Backwards compatibility in my PS3. There are plenty of PS2 owners that still have their PS2's, so I guess they'll have to just hang on to those PS2's if they want to get PS3's and still be able to play PS2 games. I just hope that whenever people see these new 80GB PS3's this Fall, they aren't expecting to get Backwards compatibility because I think that a lot of people will be expecting to get Backwards Compatibility because the old 80GB PS3 models were Backwards Compatible and now the new ones wont be. Sony needs to put "No PS2 Compatibility" on the box or something.
It isnt better when the damn ps3 simply refuse import games . Like the "fool" i am i bought many jap and us jrpgs for my pal ps2 (remember that just like for ps3 .. it was a b*tch to get the imported console) . Besides it's not at all as if your famous "deinterlacing" made every of those games prettier , often just quite more blurry . But i'm not mad at the move , it's something i actually wishing for a long time ... get rid of HW BC once and for all , so down the line we may get full software BC or even PS2 games to dl via the store . The multiple SKUS with or without BC are hurting sony ultimately , with so many previously refusing BC less ps3 , only because others were available with it .
Re add BC after removing it to satisfy customer demand (cheaper console) and lose some profitability on the PS3 again or leave it out and let those who want to play PS2 games pick up a PS2 our other highly profitable console? A: Since PS2 + PS3 = cheaper now than PS3 with full BC was at launch it makes sense for both Sony + customers to leave it alone. B: With 140million PS2's sold WW it's a bit of a trick to find a gamer who does not already have one. C: With refurb units from Gamestop, ect it's even cheaper for customers. D: Why offer a product that directly competes with another of your own products? Unlike their competitors they still support their products and the customers who have invested in it, even after they have moved on.
People have to get on board with the new system.
Yet more misleading titles on N4G. Most PS3's do have backward's compatibility
60GB PS3 FTW, world's best PS3 model out there. And here I thought early adopters would be worse off.
meh. I got a 40gb. i dont have any regrets. In NZ it cost 1200 for a 60gb. 800 for a 40gb. games 100$ each. I would rather get 4 new ps3 games than being able to play my old game, but thats just me.. BTW. I got resistance, ratchet, and HS, and another sixaxis. the only Ps2 game i feel like playing is MGS essentials collections. ive only clocked MGS2 twice. unlike the rest of them which ive clocked 4+.
be released next year when PS2 is about to die off and Sony has returned profit on each PS3 console,,,,wight now it's no surprise to separate them since every PS2 means lots of profit and PS3 means some loss(for now). you heard it here first
Still the best. Glad I got mine early.
for the 40gb PS3 and future 80gb Ps3 why not?
Never owning a PS2, lack of backwards compatibility would've been SORELY missed had I not purchased a launch 60 gigger. Without it, I would've missed out on the GoW's 1&2 and my beloved MGS Essential Collection, as well as other titles I'd rather not discuss at this time<cough>24: The Game</cough> I shudder at the thought. BTW: I'll go out on a limb here and predict that backwards compatibility for those crippled systems WILL eventually come, especially if that rumour about PS2 titles becoming available for purchase & download from PSN actually materializes. Like SmokingMonkey said: FIRMWARE UPDATE!
I, like some people sold their PS2 to be able to afford a PS3. (Original 60 Gig) I still play my PS2 games more on my ps2 than I do PS3 games. Why? because all the PS3 games not only are extremely short, But i have beaten them. There is a huge library for PS2 games. And now with this recent decision they are completely going to shut down a huge library of games. And like some other person said, this is going to confuse a lot of people when they go to the store to buy this new 80 gig and they are thinking that its the same one as before. They should keep this Metal Gear bundle out for awhile. And stop coming out with different SKU's. Its ridiculous. It's like Sony can't sit still or soemthing. And all of their decisions have been worse and worse. Look at the Wii, 100% compatibilty with Gamecube Games. And the 360 still plays original Xbox games. So how is it that more expensive to keep the PS2 Compatibility in there. It's just sad. Sony should sell the Metal Gear Bundle for $400. It is just ridiculous what they are doing at Sony. If this keeps up, I think I might actually deflect and support Microsoft (wow i can't believe I just said that)
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