It has been a big week for PS3 news. Earlier today I posted about the enhanced audio formats that the PS3 Slim will support but now I am writing on what it won’t do. While most people won’t really care about this nostalgic feature, there are plenty of those, including me that do care. What I’m hoping is that Sony will eventually include the full PS1 and PS2 libraries for download at a hugely discounted price on PSN. While that would surely be a hefty undertaking, I really do believe that backwards compatibility is an important feature. Definitely not sharing my vision, John Koller, SCEA’s Director of Marketing had this to say:
Now that we’re at a point where we’re three years into the lifecycle of the PS3,” he told us earlier today, “there are so many PS3 disc-based games that are available that we think — and noticed this from our research — that most consumers that are purchasing the PS3 cite PS3 games as a primary [reason]”.
“And it’s not just like 50 or 60 percent. It’s well into the 80 or 90 percentile range who are purchasing it for PS3 [games]. We do know that there are next gen consumers wanting to come over the the PS3. Most of those are consumers who have not utilized their PS2 for a little while and they’re ready to jump into the PlayStation 3.”
I don’t know what to say to that. I just want to know why, technically, it is out of the realm of possibilities.