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PS3 Backwards Compatibility: Gone For Good

Aug 21 2009, 11:30am CDT | by

PS3 Backwards Compatibility: Gone For Good
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One thing about the new PlayStation 3 Slim that isn't awesome is its disappointing lack of backwards compatibility. The most recent generations of the PS3 have all been unable to handle PS2 games, which seems odd to some considering that was one of the earliest selling points the PS3 had. Now we've got official word from the Sony brass that backwards compatibility is gone forever.

In an interview with Ars Technica John Koller, Sony director of hardware marketing, confirmed that the feature would not be coming back.

"It's not coming back, so let me put that on the table," said Koller, “It's not as big as a purchase intent driver as you may be hearing. We've got such a substantial lineup of titles on the PS3; most people are buying the PS3 for PS3 games. They've buying it for PS3 games and Blu-ray movies."

So there you have it; PS3/PS2 compatibility is kaput for good. Koller also confirmed that Linux compatibility was gone, due to a desire to 'standardize' their OS and focus more on improving it. He stated that anyone wanting to load Linux onto an older model was free to do so, but that none of the new PlayStation products would have that capability.

Koller also confirmed that the Slim was the new PS3 standard. Once all of the older, chubbier models are out of stores, the Slim will be the only console Sony moves forward with. He noted that the 160 GB system was only ever meant to be a temporary offer. If you really want that extra space, you'd better buy now before it sells out and Ebay pumps up the price.

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