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Sony’s Silly BC Messaging |

After stock runs out of the 60GB version of the PS3, we’ll be left with two models: the 80GB version, which does PS2 backwards compatiblity (BC) partially in software, and the 40GB PS3, which has no BC. These models will cost $499 and $399, respectively.

Now read the article below. Note especially how Jack Tretton says that you can get both a 40GB PS3 and a PS2 for less than $600, the high-end PS3’s initial price.

Uh… why? Why did he say that? Who wants to buy two consoles if you can buy one. And gosh golly jee willickers, Sony has a PS3 model with BC for less than the cost of a 40GB PS3 and a PS2 – the 80GB PS3!

You may complain that the 80GB PS3’s BC isn’t as good as the old 60GB PS3’s. Fair enough. But it’s still a lot better than the 360’s BC. The fact is, the 80GB PS3 does a decent job of BC – it’s just not as good as the 60GB. So Sony does have a BC solution.

So, what should Sony be telling people? If you want a PS3 with BC, buy the 80GB version. Sounds simple to me. But no, Sony has to start talking about people already owning PS2’s, or how they could pick one up for cheap.

Just silly.

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  • Kjetil Rydland


  • Kensu

    My guess is the profit margin on the PS2 is better than that on the PS3. So a user who buy a 40G PS3 and a PS2 is more beneficial to Sony than one who buy only one PS3. Hence the marketing message.

    But I think he miss out that PS3 upscales PS2 games to higher resolution, which may be some value to some players.

  • Nazo

    Hey at least you get the choice, not like us poor Europeans. Once our 60gb stock runs out we’ve got a choice of the 40gb gimpo or nothing. Why exactly Sony has shafted us at every turn I’m not sure (delayed release, highest price, no hardware back-compat and now no compatibility at all) I’m not sure but they certainly seem to be trying to punish us for something.

  • I bought a 60gig version last week because I wanted one with BC, I also wanted the chip and not the emulation one so I skipped on the 80 gig version

  • Dartmerc

    Nazo stop winging, game releases are always different between territories, its nothing new. The PS3 came out in the US before europe, and by the time it was released there, there was no need for hardware BC, the software was already upto the task.