Originally Posted by slo'sho
yea two versions of ps3, 500 & 600 did ya hear bout that its not gonna be backwards compatible with ps2 games I dont care who hasnt got a ps2 now a days?
Backwards compatability isn't about whether or not people have the original system. It's about being able to take the old system and either sell it, or put it away, and still be able to play the old games on the new system. It's a matter of convenience.
There's a reason people are all up in MS's shit for not getting X360 fully compatable with Xbox before launch.
PS2 had full PSX backwards compatability. And because of the PS2, people expect backwards compatability from new consoles. GBA is backwards compatible with GB/GBC, DS is backwards compatible with GBA, X360 is partially backwards compatible with Xbox and through periodic updates compatability is slowly improving. Wii is not only going to be fully compatible with Gamecube games, but is also going to have the virtual console with access to the entire NES, SNES, N64, Sega, and TurboGraphix library's.
The last I heard on PS3 was they were going to try to make it backwards compatible through software with PS2, but no guarantees. Why they couldn't just do what they did with the PS2, and include the PS2 cpu/gpu (for the PS2 to have full compatability with PSX, they included the PSX cpu/gpu in PS2's up to the PStwo when software emulation caught up) makes no sense. Especially since the PS3, dimension wise, is actually going to be larger than the X360, and nearly as large as the original Xbox. Surely would be plenty of room for the current PS2 cpu/gpu as they've been combined into a single chip.