Sony poo-poos £299 PS3 claims
Cheap model to ditch USB, PS2 compatibility, it's said
Sony has played down claims that it's about to announce a cut-price PS3 for the UK.
Of late, the net's been alive with rumours that a USB-less PS3 would be offered to UK consumers in time for Christmas. The price? £299, rather less than the £425 the existing 60GB model retails for.
But in addition to the loss of USB ports - odd, since that's how the wireless controllers are recharged - it was also claimed the cheaper PS3 would not include support for old PS2 and PSOne games. Again, that's a surprise, since backwards compatibility is provided through software.
Refusing to bundle the code wouldn't save Sony any money at all, and while dropping the USB ports would cut a tiny amount off the production price of the PS3, arguably the need to have two production runs rather than one would actually increase costs.
Whatever, Sony's Computer Entertainment Europe subsidiary today poured scorn on the claims, telling website GamesIndustry.biz the rumours and speculation were nothing more than "rumour and speculation".
That's not a denial, and SCEE has made similar comments about rumours that, in the past, have proved correct.
This console just sucks
€600 PS3 or €240 Wii ?
Look here, I just want to play, not buy a console that'll only be worth it on a 2 meters wide HD TV with ultra double max plus dolby surround live gold (tm) compatible speakers.
The Wii is kinda innovative, very reasonably priced and has _fun_ games as opposed to _realistic_ ones.
Games on my Sega Genesis/Megadrive weren't realistic, but hell were they fun.
Sony's getting it all wrong.
And don't get me started on game prices:
PS3: €50-70 (more?)
Did I mention that the Wii is modchip'able so you can dump your very own games and play on DVD-R, as opposed to the very fragile original DVD your 4yo son is gonna disintegrate just by looking at it, and that the vendor won't replace ?
"it has real PS2 compatibility"
Not really if you're using a US PS3 outside of the US. Although PS3 games are not region locked, PS1 & PS2 games are region locked when using them on the PS3.
I have an Asia PS3 and it won't play EU PS2 games.
Whilst it may have proper PS2 hardware compatibility, it will be NTSC only. So all your UK PAL games won't work.
Of course, you can just keep your PS2 as well.