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 TechnicaJohn 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.
Robert Evans The excitement about new smartphones, tablets and anything mobile drive
Robert to unearth the latest rumors and developments in this fast
moving space. He adopted 4G as soon as it become available and knows
where the mobile market is going.
Robert can be contacted directly at email@example.com.
Brian Hoyer: 'I Understand the Skepticism'
Brian Hoyer told Cleveland.com on Sept. 16 he understands "the skepticism" people have about his ability to lead the Cleveland Browns as their starting quarterback. Hoyer, a Cleveland native, led the Browns on an 85-yard, game-winning drive on Sunday as Cleveland beat the New Orleans Saints, 26-24, for their first win of the 2014 NFL season.
iPhone 6 Reviews are Glowing
The tech pundits including Walt Mossberg published their iPhone 6 reviews and they are glowing. Mossberg calls the iPhone 6 the best smartphone you can buy.
The “geek mind” is concerned with more than just the latest iPhone rumors, or which company will win the gaming console wars. I4U is concerned with more than just the latest photo shoot or other celebrity gossip.
The “geek mind” is concerned with life, in all its different forms and facets. The geek mind wants to know about societal and financial issues, both abroad and at home. If a Fortune 500 decides to raise their minimum wage, or any high priority news, the geek mind wants to know. The geek mind wants to know the top teams in the National Football League, or who’s likely to win the NBA Finals this coming year. The geek mind wants to know who the hottest new models are, or whether the newest blockbuster movie is worth seeing. The geek mind wants to know. The geek mind wants—needs—knowledge.