The real price to pay for the new PS3

Opinion on the recent news of a new cheaper PS3 that's missing backwards compatibility.

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For the longest time I've yearned for a desire to want to purchase a PlayStation 3. Like many other gamers, the hefty price tag and lack of blockbuster exclusive games has kept me far away from the big black box and enjoying my Wii and Xbox 360. And yes, even the lack of rumble had me second guessing a purchase.

The latest rumor-turned-reality comes from Europe and has a 40GB PS3 priced at $400 (when this deal inevitably comes stateside). Sure, there's an argument to be made that $400 is a great deal for Blu-ray player, but apparently this thing is intended to play games, as well, and that's what my decision-making process is based on. But after learning that the newly discounted PS3 has absolutely no backwards compatibility with the PS2, I've officially given up hope in waiting for the perfect PS3 to arrive. What's my solution now? Either grab one of the last remaining 20GB models with the original PS2-compatible Emotion Engine hardware inside and easily swap out the drive for a bigger one, or continue to wait for a perfectly tailored model that will most likely never exist.

Sorry Sony, you've left me with no choice. I want to play Uncharted, I'm dying to try out LittleBigPlanet, and I'll figure out how to experience Metal Gear Solid 4 one way or another. But why take out PS2 compatibility? It's no secret that the console is still selling incredibly well and will continue to do so throughout the holiday season. Plenty of PS2 games are still rolling out, not to mention my huge existing library of games--many of which I still have yet to play all the way through.

I'm just sick of all of these cost-cutting measures that take away from the originally envisioned console. If you told us from the get go that the PS3 would have no support for PS2 games, we would have laughed right in your face. And now, less than a year after the system's launch, this will actually become a reality.

Let's not forget this isn't the first time we've had our minds played with as we all remember the E3 price-drop debacle. To me, this doesn't look like a company trying to give the consumers what they want. What it does look like is a bunch of scrambling, mixing and matching hardware till the end result is a Frankenstein PS3 with no soul. And I think it's safe to say that a model with no backwards compatibility is not the answer.

About the author

Jeff has been at CNET for more than five years covering games, tech, and pop culture. When he's not playing ice hockey or pinball, you can catch him live every day as the host of CNET's infamous daily show, The 404 Show and every Friday in CNET's first-ever tech comic, Low Latency.

 

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