Sony's John Koller Says PS2 Compatibility Is "Not Coming Back"


Posted August 20, 2009 - By r_pad

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Gamers that were not lucky enough to buy PlayStation 3 consoles with backwards compatibility are out of luck. Sony Computer Entertainment of America director of hardware marketing John Koller said PlayStation 2 compatibility is not coming back. Here's what he told Ars Technica:

"It's not coming back, so let me put that on the table. 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."

A lot of gamers held out hope that Sony would offer a full software solution for PS2 compatibility. Considering the power of the Cell processor, it seems doable.

I believe the children are the future that phasing out PS2 compatibility -- at least in terms of physical discs -- has been Sony's longterm plan, no matter how many gamers bitched and moaned about it. I believe that most popular PS2 games will eventually be available via digital distribution on PSN. Whether you consider it evil or smart, don't you think Sony would rather have you repurchase a digital version of a PS2 game instead of playing an old disc? That's my theory and I'm sticking with it.

What do you ladies and gentlemen think of Koller's comments? Are you angry or indifferent that PS2 compatibility is "not coming back"?


Sony's John Koller Says PS2 Compatibility Is "Not Coming Back"


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