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PS3 Poll Police: Is losing backwards compatibility that painful?

The Poll Police have had their phones ringing off the hooks this week, what with the unveiling of the controversial 40GB PS3 SKU. They've gathered information, checked out technical specifications and researched pricing estimations, but they can't get a lead on the decision by Sony. Why would this happen? How can this happen? These questions are too big for one Poll Police Force to handle, so they need your help in deciphering the response to the decision in removing backwards compatibility. PlayStation One games still work, apparently, but PS2 support is getting the axe. So, the Poll Police need your help: is this a big deal, or overblown and ridiculous?

Is losing backwards compatibility now such a big deal?
Of course it is!
No, it's not.
Wait, what? Are you serious? Where have I been? free polls

We have to take a step back from all the technical information and board the logic train to see things from a little farther away. First off, the PS3 has been out long enough to begin amassing its own game library. Secondly, if you already own a PS3, you're an early adopter and have backwards compatibility ... good for you, this poll doesn't apply. If the PS3 is going to be your first Sony console, why would you care about backwards compatibility? If this is not your first Sony console, you already have something that plays old games -- what's the problem? Shelf space? Fourth, if you don't have an old Sony console but want the PS3 and collect old games, keep in mind this is the cheap version of the PS3. The slim PS2's are practically being given away, so if you really want to go buy old games, the combined price is essentially the same as if you were an early adopter of the PS3. This isn't to say removing backwards compatibility is a good move, it's definitely confusing and pointless, but for a lot of us, there's no real justification to all the hate being poured out on Sony. This is the data the Poll Police compiled from witnesses, so take it as you will. Last week's results are after the jump.

Good to see people are as tired of reading FFXIII and MGS4 rumors as we are of reporting them. Just about nine out of every ten votes went to either the "They're exclusive, give it a rest" or the "I don't care, just make it stop!" columns. Apparently we have a 10% infiltration of anti-Sony fanboys, or at least people who don't trust gaming companies at all. We hope these rumors cease also, but with both games still far from release, we're sure there will be countless more tales to weave about "talks" about "going multiplatform". Thanks for voting!

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1. I don't think this is a big deal at all. Yes there isn't a lot of games yet for the PS3 but I have never gon back and played any of my old PS2 games. I once put in Socom CA and and quit because it looked awful after playing PS3 games. Yes it might suck, but come its really not a big deal.

PS I have about 15 PS2 games for sale if any body is interested!

Posted at 6:25PM on Oct 7th 2007 by Josh

2. I dont really think its that big of a deal.... but i do wish BC was on the new PS3... not many games that i would go back and play again but there are a select few that i would.

I wouldnt mind as much if because of this, theres another price cut soon

Posted at 6:35PM on Oct 7th 2007 by Algernon

3. yes. upscale for 360 is awesome. Also makes halo1+2+San Andreas look better. Oh ya, I should only be playing next gen. My Bad. *goes off to delete XBLA downloads*

Posted at 6:42PM on Oct 7th 2007 by yoface

4. You know these polls are useless because you can vote more than once.

Posted at 6:46PM on Oct 7th 2007 by Egster

5. I'm amazed at the results considering all the shit talking about the 360 not being fully BC when it came out.

Posted at 6:56PM on Oct 7th 2007 by OTAM

6. I collect systems, and as such, for each system that I own I always collect a spare when its generation is done and the price is rock bottem. Backwards compattability was never a selling point for me. It's convienant, and it dose save shelfspace. But for me it serves little else.

Posted at 7:00PM on Oct 7th 2007 by Ed

7. i guess if u were an early adopter u didnt get screwed over..u still have a choice and can find a 60gb ps3 but hurry. i got mine and the eb games which no one know about had a lot in stock..

Posted at 7:02PM on Oct 7th 2007 by Haiddasalami

8. Though I don't think its the biggest concern, I do believe the major revisions in between each SKU and the criticism that Sony will receive from this decision will not be worth whatever amount they saved. I wished they removed wireless and chrome finish and made the 40GB have the same emulation as the 80GB. I mean right after they finished getting fire from people over the software emulation, they cut it off entirely.

Posted at 7:14PM on Oct 7th 2007 by ruibing

9. I already got my 60gb suckas!

Posted at 7:15PM on Oct 7th 2007 by phattie

10. its useless because you cant expect a non-biased answer from "PS3 Fanboy" readers. this would be better in Joystiq.

Posted at 7:25PM on Oct 7th 2007 by xion

11. i actually think its not that a big deal, i know its easier and better to have only a PS3 instead of a PS2 and a PS3, but still:
Those who have PS2 games obviously have also a PS2, otherwise WHY THE F*CK would you buy PS2 games (unless you want to play it on the PS3 coz of its big library) but most games that come on PS2 also come of PS3
so id say if you have a PS2 don't sell it, keep it next to the PS3 if ur gonna buy one!!

Posted at 7:26PM on Oct 7th 2007 by superaktieboy

12. I honestly feel like the reason they're removing the backwards compatibility is so that we early adopters don't feel like we got screwed over in terms of price. They asked a lot of us, to pay $600 for a new system when the competition was a good deal cheaper. So now we all think we're getting something.

As for the implications of losing BC -- pfft. There's a perfectly good, modded slim/compact PS2 sitting atop my entertainment shelf that gets absolutely no use. I'm almost certain that everyone who invests in the PS3 did so because the PS2 was a mainstay in their homes.

Posted at 7:34PM on Oct 7th 2007 by Richard Comegys

13. Its no big deal. if you want it, get a SKU that has it.

Posted at 7:38PM on Oct 7th 2007 by Josh

14. the 40gb wont have it! If you want it fork over $100 for the 80gb with BC.

Posted at 7:50PM on Oct 7th 2007 by sicklesdawg

15. LOL Fanboys are Funny...

Just curious but what happen to All that talk about being Backword Comp.

I just don't get it... Maybe one of you Blind Fanboys can advise me...

Posted at 7:50PM on Oct 7th 2007 by TRUTH

16. Dear gods, all this moaning from people that for the most part already have PS3s. Well for all your information I now know 3 people that are buying PS3s at the end of the month and 2 that are thinking about it for Christmas.

At the end of the day, THAT is all that matters. Anyone with that many PS2 games either has a PS2 or can pick one up DIRT cheap.

Posted at 8:03PM on Oct 7th 2007 by DownwardMonkey

17. @ xion : so you're saying that joystiq is unbiased? It has one of the biggest xbox 360 fanboy following on the web. read any topic regarding the PS3 or Sony in general and you can't deny that fact. Why do you think PS3 Fanboy is being trolled by an awefull lot of guys like TRUTH?

Anyway cutting BC from the 40GB model is no problem at all as long as they keep a version avalable that is BC.

Posted at 8:03PM on Oct 7th 2007 by Egster

18. I never seen backward compat as a big deal. Even tho i owened a number of games on the orginal xbox i never played them on my 360. I never owned a ps2 so it was never a question with my ps3. If you want back compat just keep your old system. I mean come on how much does a ps2 cost now a days? Beside once you start playing new gen games, its hard to go back to the old stuff.

Posted at 8:15PM on Oct 7th 2007 by David Tieman

19. The new 40GB PS3 (we could assert) is the same as the new 80GB PS3 as far as internal components go, it would not be too hard for Sony to rollout the same software emulation of PS2 and PS1 games that the other new PS3s use. If you want a PS3 for $399 I wouldn't sweat it. Now all we need is the $399 to actually come to the States.

Posted at 9:32PM on Oct 7th 2007 by Steve

20. I really don't see BC as much of a factor after the first year. I voted accordingly, but with the extensive back catalog of the PS2 (and PS1), it could make a difference for some people... well, only those people concerned with splitting hairs over which console is better.

Posted at 10:33PM on Oct 7th 2007 by Edge

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