Sony Explain Why The PS3 Slim Has No Backwards Compatibility

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Somewhere between the time Sony removed backwards compatibility from the previous PS3, and we knew there'd be a new PS3, people got to hoping that the feature would be brought back in the PS3 Slim. It hasn't.

Put a PS2 disc into the PS3 Slim and it won't play. Which for some will mean nothing, but for others, will mean a great deal. If that's you, and you're after an explanation, SCEA's director of marketing John Koller has one.

"Now that we're at a point where we're three years into the lifecycle of the PS3," he told us earlier today, "there are so many PS3 disc-based games that are available that we think — and noticed this from our research — that most consumers that are purchasing the PS3 cite PS3 games as a primary [reason]".


"And it's not just like 50 or 60 percent. It's well into the 80 or 90 percentile range who are purchasing it for PS3 [games]. We do know that there are next gen consumers wanting to come over the the PS3. Most of those are consumers who have not utilized their PS2 for a little while and they're ready to jump into the PlayStation 3."

Shame. A predictable shame, but a shame nonetheless.

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I fail to understand the logic of some of these whiners. People are even talking about not having interest in the PS3 games. If the only thing you want is to play PS2 games, then why are you even considering spending $300 for essentially something you either already have or can get for $100 or less? Are you that much of a graphics/technology whore that you're willing to spend $200 more for some upscaling or some wireless controllers, or just the fact of having something shiny and new?