Recently Ars Technica spoke with Sony's director of hardware marketing John Koller regarding the just-revealed PlayStation 3 Slim. The questions ranged from changing out the hard drive in the sleeker model, to the possible existence of a "power brick" even though the new design uses a third less power. But the biggest news stemming from the interview centered on the previously-removed backwards compatibility. In short, will the feature be re-introduced in the near future?
"It's not coming back, so let me put that on the table," Koller told Ars. "It's not as big as a purchase intent driver as you may be hearing. We've got such a substantial lineup of titles on the PS3; most people are buying the PS3 for PS3 games. They're buying it for PS3 games and Blu-ray movies." He reaffirmed his statement by saying that the feature would not be returning.
By now, PlayStation gamers have figured out what to do with those old PS2 games: purchase a PS2 Slim for roughly $100. Although the first generation of PlayStation 3 consoles featured hardware-based PS2 emulation, Sony eventually discontinued the support--after offering software-based emulation with the second generation released in 2007--in order to lower the console's overbloated pricetag.
Additionally, Ars asked Koller if Sony plans to punish K-Mart after prematurely exposing the PS3 slim. "I don't know what you're talking about!" he said. "We value all our retail partners. They just got a little excited."
Excited is a good word.