One more reason not to buy a PS3

Just when it seemed that Sony had run out of ways to mess up the European PS3 launch, they’ve managed to create a backwards compatibility crisis that was entirely avoidable, by switching from hardware to software emulation of the PS2.

I posted a couple of days ago about buying old PS2 games from eBay, and when I made the purchases, I checked on the US PS3 site to make sure they would be compatible with the PS3. This new cost cutting change means that a fair number of my PS2 games will probably not run well or at all. Thanks very much Sony.

I wasn’t planning to buy a PS3 imminently anyway due to the lack of good games, and the high price. This has just added another reason to not buy a PS3. At least before I could justify the PS3 as offering upscaled PS2 games running nicely over HDMI.

I’ll happily keep my PS2 for the next few years, and use my Xbox 360 and Wii for next gen gaming. Sony – spend the next two years improving the backwards compatibility of the PS3, release Gran Turismo 5 and God of War 3, drop the PS3 price to £150, and then it’s just possible that I’ll give in and buy a PS3.

4 thoughts on “One more reason not to buy a PS3

  1. Steven Post author

    I heard that song over the weekend, and it gets better each time I listen to it 🙂

    As an interesting aside, I seem to mostly be buying Wii games at the moment. Bought Excite Truck on Friday and had a great time playing with it over the weekend. Less than three weeks to Tiger Woods on Wii, which should be another great game. It also helps that unlike the PS3 and Xbox 360, the backwards compability of the Wii is perfect. I do wish that they’d made it capable of 720p though, as 480p just looks so low res in comparison. Still, it’s about having fun, not admiring pretty pictures.

  2. Steven Post author


    Given my past record on buying gadgets, I’d have to very brave to take your bet. However, I am struggling to see why I’d have one by the end of the year.

    My only must have game (on any platform) is Forza 2 on the Xbox 360, which is coming out in May.

    I had been looking forward to Tiger Woods 2007 on the Wii, but the reviews haven’t been very kind to it, so I’m probably going to wait for the inevitable 2008 version.

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