European PS3 Will Have Reduced Backwards Compatibility
I was so hoping that we wouldn’t hear any more bad PS3 news from Sony, but just ahead of the European launch, they have once again outdone themselves. It’s bad enough that Sony ruined Christmas for so many young European kids by delaying the launch, but now we hear that the European design would lack the chip used in the earlier models to support backwards compatibility for PS2 games.
The function of the chip will be replaced by firmware. They have a website that list the supported games, many of which are designated “Should play on PLAYSTATION®3 with noticeable issues”. If your game is not listed, then it is “not yet supported”. Over time, there will be new firmware releases that the customers will have to apply, but a spokesman said Sony “will not put much effort in making old PS2 titles available on PS3”.
Translation: Sorry Europe, your PS3 is not going to be all it was supposed to be, but we just don’t care!! Now please fork over 599 Euros and be happy that we finally let you have it.
The move is designed to cust costs and speed up production. Sony expected the consoles to lose money, but make it up on the backend through games and Blu-Ray content. With sales in the toilet, Sony is forced to make some changes. Unfortunately, it’s the customer who is paying the price and that will only cause bigger problems for Sony. The PS3 gamble has been a disaster for Sony; a company that has continually forced proprietary standards on consumers. They just don’t get it and deserve whatever happens to them.