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[Update] PS3 40GB Backward Compatibility goes AWOL

, posted: 9-Oct-2007 11:24

I'm sure this has been mentioned in few other tech and games sites, and I feel contented to voice my opinion with this Sony's move. It's bad enough to have an overpriced game console (or is it an affordable Blu-Ray player?). Despite it is potentially be used as Digital TV PVR in the coming months (perhaps?), a good DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) device. The new 40GB model will be totally stripped of any backward compatibility with PS2 titles, previously PAL systems only get software emulation for PS2 Emotion Engine, and retaining PS2's graphics synthesiser. However, to cut cost, Sony decided that the 40GB should have no PS2 component, something that will not immediately give you the pleasure to play your recently bought PS2 titles when you decided to trade your PS2 for PS3 at your nearest EB Store. In addition, you'll lose another 2 USB ports, and the memory slots be taken away from you. Essentially you are getting a PS3-lite, with many original promises by Sony, withdrawn. Sony was so proud to deliver full PS1/PS2 supports when it first announced, however, seems like Sony is doing a bit of U-turning on their promise, starting with crippled-PAL PS3, and further with 40GB PS3. Those who wants just PS3 console/Blu-Ray player, this may be your answer when it becomes available, as it will be cheaper! Those who wants to upgrade their PS2 to PS3, perhaps time to get those value pack now as soon you may not able to play your favourite PS2 titles - unless Sony decided to make more use of their Cell processors for PS2 total emulation. Another speculation that I read from a game site is that, perhaps, Sony has been using early adopter to push for more Blu-Ray sales using PS3 as their method to spread Blu-Ray player. Tell me, how many Blu-Ray game titles have been released so far, compare to how many Blu-Ray movie titles? Chances are there's almost/at least 3 Blu-Ray movie titles to every PS3 Blu-Ray game title. Still feel the desire to get PS3 and set your one-eye view on Sony's promises? For me, I never been too fond with Sony's marketing lie-tactic to sell their PS3. I may get PS3 when it is very cheap enough and when Sony could deliver BC via Cell without any performance hit... Or I can just totally skip PS3 et al. We got Wii at home and we're happy with the system, we have recently got Nintendo DS Lite for each of us, I have yet able to get XBox360 despite it is cheaper and been on market for a year... I may get XBox360 next year or much later, who knows... it will primarily used as Media Connect Extender, and to play XBLA games and HDMI to our LCD tv. Update Kotaku.com has a new post about Sony's 40GB PS3 Backward Compatibility, in short Sony could support PS2 BC in 40GB but they don't want to.





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Comment by paradoxsm, on 9-Oct-2007 20:06

And this after they already "forgot" the chip in the PAL release, Whoops!

The Wii is unique in GAMEPLAY, something long forgotten. For the rest of it, spnd the cash on buying a REAL computer!

If anyone remebers the PS2's biggest claim to fame was "it played DVD movies" which pushed sales along pretty much, they seem to be trying exactly the same ploy with the PS3.

I proudly paid $20 for my PS2 (removed cookie crumbs from the DVD spindle and it worked perfectly)
I proudly paid NOTHING for my Xbox (chipped and a huge HDD placed in with the cash I saved!)


Comment by goodwin, on 9-Jul-2008 20:57

ps3 is doing well at this moment NOW! the question is are they going to do better on their repair service I mean 4 weeks where the hell is my ps3 ahhhhhhhhh


Comment by Razzar, on 17-Aug-2008 17:23

I just wanted to say real quick. i have an 80 GB ps3 and it has full backwards compatibility, everything from like FFIV to Devil May Cry, all my old games work, every last one of them. And i have about 3 "memory cards" set up on my ps3 one is for my PSX games and 2 are for my PS2 games. thought i'd just share that. thanks


Comment by Pauliedewd, on 1-Jan-2009 11:17

WELL, I bought an 8O gig, thinking I could play regular PS and PS2 games on it, and it has no backwards capability whatsoever.


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