Ain’t No Coming Back for PS2 Backwards Compatibility
Sony firmly announced that PS2 backwards compatibility would not be coming back. While early models of the PS3 has capability to play some PS2 games, the feature was later axed. In an interview with Ars Technica, John Koller stated “[Backwards compatibility is] not coming back, so let me put that on the table. But it’s all people ever talk about!” Sony hardware marketing director also said, “It’s not as big as a purchase intent driver as you may be hearing,” he explained. “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 .”
Koller added to his previous statements in a separate interview with Kotaku “most consumers that are purchasing the PS3 cite PS3 games as a primary [reason]…it’s well into the 80 or 90 percentile range who are purchasing it for PS3 [games]. We do know that there are next gen consumers wanting to come over the the PS3. Most of those are consumers who have not utilized their PS2 for a little while and they’re ready to jump into the PlayStation 3.”
PS2 enthusiasts should dust off their old systems or go buy a new one, otherwise those old PS2 games won’t see any action.