MCV, a UK trade magazine, has obtained a information that indicates the big reason Sony has removed backwards compatability from its PlayStation 3 systems: the entire PS2 catalog could eventually be coming to the PlayStation Network. This further lends credence to the theory that Sony’s patent was to block others from using the technology, not so they could re-introduce an improved backwards compatibility system in the future. I admit, I took the optimistic side on that one, while Greg espoused what seems now to be the real reason.

It would seem that Sony has seen the success of Nintendo’s virtual console and has decided to go full throttle into getting gamers to re-purchase old games. This is good news for those who never had a PS2 or had trouble tracking down games that had very limited print run. Unfortunately, I don’t see Sony offering any solace to those who already own physical copies of the game. It does raise one other question, as well, does this signal the end of PS2 game production in the very near future? Depending on the lead time to bring a game to the PSN, it could create competition between retail store and the PSN for a system that never had to worry about digital distribution before.

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  • I think this is also about taking out the Used Game Market, with potentially more money going to Sony as a side effect. Cause if you decide after buying a Downloaded game that you don’t like it you can’t return it, and you can’t sell it to someone else. And seriously, don’t expect to be able to transfer your virtual titles to the PS4. I can guarantee they’ll pull the same crap and make you purchase the games again.

    I know some may say “But Microsoft already does this with the XBOX.”

    Ya they will sell you a DL version of some XBOX and XBOX360 titles. But they don’t stop you from using the physical disc if you already own the game. And since the XBOX and XBOX 360 are running a version of Windows XP that means they’ll have no problems staying with BC.

    Nintendo’s virtual console is a different beast as the games for sale there were originally cartridge games so I have no expectation of a CD based system running the cartridge I already own. There is no reason for CD based systems to not be BC.

  • It could be a problem for the used market, but only if they get the prices low enough to compete. If it still costs $20 to buy Shepherd’s Crossing because it’s “new,” they’re never going to land a customer. It really depends on their pricing structure.

    And don’t say that there’s no reason for them to remove backwards compatibility, of course there is: profit.

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