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Sony… again

And the latest in Sony’s weekly effors to aggravate and infuriate any and every customer they have ever had or may ever have in the future….

Sony has admitted that the European version of its PlayStation 3 console will not play as many old PlayStation 2 games as the versions already launched in the US and Japan.
Sony has stated that the European systems will utilize “a new hardware specification,” and Sony won’t “concentrate on PS2 backwards compatibility.” Rather, they are “increasingly focused on developing new games and entertainment features exclusively for PS3, truly taking advantage of this exciting technology.”

In other words Sony is looking to decrease the production cost of the Playstation 3, and they have opted to replace dedicated hardware with software that will replace its functionality. The hardware had been providing full backwards compatibility of PS2 games, but Sony makes it clear that the new configuration will not offer the same level of support. “Certain PlayStation 2 format software titles may not perform properly on this system,” the statement reads.

Naturally Sony won’t be passing on the decreased cost of manufacture to the European purchasers who will still pay the same price as North America and Asian buyers. In what’s become typical Sony fashion their parroting this as a terrific example of how much they love the European market and that this was in high demand from customers. Bizarre, but hey, Sony claimed for months that European’s were very pleased that Sony had delayed the launch of the console in Europe. Amusing, and quite par for the course from them.

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March 3, 2007 - Posted by | Console Examination

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