In a relatively baffling move, Sony announced that far fewer PS2 games are going to be playable on the European PS3 than the American or Japanese models. So, with that in mind, let’s take a look at the newly revised reasons to not buy a PS3: price, no games, no rumble, no Guitar Hero and, now, far fewer playable PS2 games. What could they be thinking?
According to a report by Reuters, a Sony spokesperson said that “the backwards compatibility is not going to be as good as the U.S. and Japan models.” Well, that’s fantastic news! Not only that, but they haven’t released the list of games that WILL be compatible with the new software emulation. The PS3 European launch is one month away. You know why you make an announcement like this at the last minute? You do that because you know what you’re doing is bad for your product’s image and you want to lock as many early adopters into pre-orders as possible.
What this basically means is that Sony is no longer putting the PS2 processor in the PS3, thus saving themselves a few bucks that, according to Phil Harrison’s recent interview with 1up, won’t be passed on to the consumer. However, on the upside, in a statement, Sony said that “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.” That sounds fantastic, but if you’re just now focusing on PS3 improvements, that means we should be seeing improved games by 2010 or so? Excellent! I’ve also heard that the next version of the PS3 ensures that Phil Harrison comes by your house and sucker-punches you in the neck while you’re sleeping.
Though I’m joking about Phil Harrison’s patented neck-punch, I am completely baffled by where they’re going with the PS3. So far we’ve seen terrible sales, terrible software releases and now the REMOVAL of key features. At one time, I had thought that, maybe, the PS3 bashing had gotten out of hand. I was wrong. We haven’t seen anything yet, and let’s hope that the forth-coming feeding frenzy will help Sony decide to do what’s right. If they don’t, however, this could be one nasty launch.