While have mixed emotions about the PS3 Slim (love the new price, pretty much hate the cheap looking plastic crap they covered it in), I’m not so excited about the loss of PS2 backwards compatibility. Yes I know that PS2′s are still dominating sales charts, but I would assume a big part for that is because of the PS3′s higher price tag up until a few days ago. Though Sony also claims that most of the PS3′s usage goes towards Blue-ray movies and next gen PS3 games. Still, many such as myself love popping in a golden oldie every once in a while to re-live the glory days and don’t want to deal with cable switching or even pressing a button on an actual switch to toggle between systems. Coupled with the fact that the PS3′s two other competitors offer backwards compatibility, this new found software diet isn’t something I take lightly.
I chalk this up to a poor business model on Sony’s end. If you can’t figure out how to make a new system cater to the old and new while being competitive and innovative, it’s time to clean out the closet and hire some new people. But that’s just me. Many will continue on through life never thinking twice about the abilities now gone from the new, slimmer PS3. I will remember however, the next I have to hop back to my PS2 to play an old title…I will remember.