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K.J
25-02-07, 01:24
From GamesIndustry.biz (http://gamesindustry.biz/content_page.php?aid=23003)

PS2 game support to be "limited"

Sony has changed the specification of the PlayStation 3 for Europe, raising doubts over the number of PlayStation 2 games that will be compatible with the next-gen machine.

"Rather than concentrate on PS2 backwards compatibility, in the future, company resources will be increasingly focused on developing new games and entertainment features exclusively for PS3," said David Reeves, president of SCEE.

Sony has said that 'a new combination of hardware and software emulation will enable the PS3 to be compatible with a broad range of original PlayStation titles, and a limited range of PS2 titles'.

Sony will publish a backwards compatibility list on the PS3's launch day, March 23, with additional titles becoming compatible through downloads via the PlayStation Network.

"The backwards compatibility is not going to be as good as in the US and Japanese models," a Sony spokesperson told Reuters.

Although Sony has yet to detail the new specification fully, analyst Datamonitor suggests that a new PS3 model will feature a "new chassis" designed to bring manufacturing costs of the console down.

"By utilising the latest hardware Sony is able to rationalise the number of components required," said the firm.

"This move is significant, as it will have a positive impact on the PS3’s long-term cost profile."

"By launching the PS3 in Europe with the new chassis, Sony has at a stroke removed one of the barriers to future price reductions, and providing it can make enough units available, Datamonitor believes there will be sustained growth in PS3 ownership as new users seek to benefit from the PS3’s enhanced features and functionality," said the analyst.

Sony was unavailable for further comment at the time of going to press.

Playstaion 3 Theme Song:) (http://www.gamercastnetwork.com/vgs/songs/HowToKillABrand-FULL.mp3)

Angelus
25-02-07, 13:48
Another reason why I'm not getting the PS3.

walk_man
25-02-07, 13:51
Great. SO not only are we going to have to pay 500 for a PS3 (with a game) but we are also not going to be able to play the old games without thinking how badly they look. I'm definelty getting an XBOX 360 now !

Lew
25-02-07, 13:59
I'm still gonna get one, won't top my Xbox 360 though.

TR freak
25-02-07, 14:44
Already been posted here

http://www.tombraiderforums.com/showthread.php?t=86975&page=7

and here

http://www.tombraiderforums.com/showthread.php?t=87633

Agent 47
25-02-07, 15:05
Sony will publish a backwards compatibility list on the PS3's launch day, March 23, with additional titles becoming compatible through downloads via the PlayStation Network.

i can live with that,no big deal.........as long as the MGS,GTA and Hitman games work ok i aint complaining :D

"Rather than concentrate on PS2 backwards compatibility, in the future, company resources will be increasingly focused on developing new games and entertainment features exclusively for PS3,"

at least they're trying to be honest.....i guess that's a problem for some though,if Sony be honest no-one will have a reason to bash...ah! well life goes on.

viper456
25-02-07, 16:55
lmao at the song.

Well im sure if you have old ps/ps2 games you also have a ps2 or whatever to play them on.

Saying that , I waited a yaer to play the first buffy game simply because i couldnt be arsed to get my old xbox out.

Twiin
25-02-07, 19:06
The problem is that my PS2 broke, and so I am waiting for a PS3 as to not waste my collection, some of the games I haven't even completed, and some new games that have come out which I want to play. Obviously, that idea seems to have gone down the drain now.
Congratulations, Sony.... keep shooting yourself in the foot whilst the X-Box 360 and Wii take you over.
Your reign over the gaming industry has well and truly ended.
That song is a classic! "How you killed your brand!"

Fraaadrik
25-02-07, 19:10
Seems like I am going to import a PS3 from either Japan or US because of this, it's regionfree anyways.

Roddy100
05-03-07, 22:59
Disappointing news. Just as well I won't be getting one then. Well, for now at least.