Already disappointed with the high retail price of the upcoming Sony PS3, consumers in the UK and the rest of Europe will not be able to play many of their existing PS2 games on the new console.
US and Japanese versions of the PS3 include a chip known as the 'Emotion Chip' which allows backward compatibility with almost all PS2 games. The removal of this chip in UK and European versions of the games console mean that only 1 in 8 PS2 games will be playable on the PS3.
Sony have stated that the removal of the chip for Europe will allow greater flexibility for newer games on the PS3 in the future, "Rather than concentrate on PS2 backwards compatibility, company resources will be increasingly focused on developing games and entertainment features exclusively for PS3 in the future, truly taking advantage of this exciting technology."
Gamers are furious at what they perceive as blatant exploitation, "Here we go again. Time to rip off Europe. I just hope that most kids and their parents don't fall for this blatant extortion on the part of Sony and stick with their PS2s or go Xbox unless Sony offer the same features for Europe as the US."
The list of compatible PS2 games for the PS3 will not be known until the new console is launched on the 23rd March.