i hate to break your little chain, but why would it be more cost effective to cut the backwards compatability? isn't that just a software issue? that software is already developed and sitting on their drives somewhere, it would take them about 5 minutes extra per box to put it on there, how is that cutting cost that much? other than that isn't it only minus 2 usb ports? Sony needs to think long and hard about what they're doing. the hard drive cut is the only thing that justifies the price cut. if the usb ports and the software are really that big of a deal then why not cut the price MORE? just my .02 but im sure someone will prove me wrong.