Originally Posted by lovebuzz#836
a lot of people will still miss having backwards compatibility from the PS3. Having an 80gb unit that will not play PS2 games is just going to fragment and confuse even more of it's user base, since that was until recently the easy way to tell which did and which didn't.
Now they're just simplifying matters by having no BC sku. Pretty simple, really. Most people looking to buy a PS3 right now aren't interested in BC (yes, there are exceptions), so they won't notice a thing. All anyone notices is that it plays blu-rays and that it has an 80gig HDD. Other than that, joe-schmoe doesn't know (or care) about anything else.
Tretton claims Sony has no intention of returning to BC, probably because the PS2 won't stop selling.
That thing's a monster. Once sales finally dry up on the PS2 console, new games will continue selling well for a while to come.
Once new games stop selling for the PS2, then
Sony might reconsider its no-BC approach.
I'm going to guess and say that we won't see any BC firmware update for at least another two years.
As far as the supply chain goes, now's the perfect time to let supplies run low. No major new releases (first or third party) and it's not a traditionally major spending month for games. Momentum doesn't really start building until the fall.