The reason why no BC for the 40GB PS3

40gb ps3So Sony has decided to release yet another SKU for the PlayStation 3, but has left out one critical component that is making the new 40GB model seem substandard. Backwards compatibility is not being included.

With other models of the PlayStation 3 fully embracing the ability to play the PlayStation 2 library, one has to wonder why backwards compatibility isn’t in the 40GB version. As it turns out, the simple reason is that Sony just didn’t feel like including the feature.

Sony said in an official statement that:

"The 40GB model, to be launched in Europe on 10th October, is a new model and is not equipped with any of the semi conductors from the PS2, and backwards compatibility would therefore have to be achieved by software emulation alone.

"The sheer numbers of PS2 titles available, together with the increased complexity of using a software only solution for each and every title means that to ensure accurate software emulation for the majority would be technically challenging, time consuming and costly. As we have mentioned on several occasions, our engineering resources are now focused on developing new and innovative features and services for the PS3 and, as a result the 40GB model does not have backwards compatibility with PS2 titles."

Short version is Sony did not include the tech to make the backwards compatibility possible because it would take too much time, money and effort and opted instead to ignore emulation completely. Those who want to play their PlayStation 2 games on their PlayStation 3 better run out and grab the 60GB model while they are still available or hang on to their old PS2s.

Talk about liquidating a SKU.

[Via Kotaku]


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