Well since we’re ranting and all…
Thats all the fault of sony for forcing its gamer base to fund its format war ambitions by putting a Blu-ray player into every PS3, causing the system to be an insane $600 on launch. Removing it would have taken off at LEAST $200 off the price, still pricey after but a very helpful dent.
This gaming generation didn’t Need a High-end disc medium either, thats Grade-A horsecrap. As we’ve seen with the 360, DVD-Roms still had plenty of life left in them. No single game there is, regardless of how “HD” it is, really requires 30GBs+ of data. Even the vast majority of titles in the PS2 library didn’t come close to using up the full 8GB of a Dual-Layer DVD-Rom.
Not every movie watcher needed a high-end disc medium and wanted to watch their flicks in super-duper HD for their movies either, thats also grade-A horsecrap. Even to this day a decent chunk of consumers still buy DVDs and have not gotten on-board blu-ray. Can only imagine how low the interest level was back then…
Not since the NeoGeo and Panasonic 3D0 did a company have the sheer balls to think it could charge that much for a damned GAME SYSTEM and think it could be successful. Its come down in price a good bit since, but for a long time PS3 was the “Rich man’s” game console, and even now is still more expensive than the other options.
And finally, when its all said and done, due to flaws in the PS3 system’s design, X-Box 360 games still look just as good if not sometimes BETTER. More often than not, two games for both consoles slated for release at the same time, the 360 version will be graphically more impressive because the programmers just don’t have the time needed to figure out the PS3’s clumsy design in time to represent it potential in game form.
[/end rant sorry]
Agreed. The PS2 itself had a small chunk of titles in the PSOne library that it could not play either.
Anyway, i disagree about backwards compatibility being a marketing gimmick. Maybe so but its also a neat & convenient option for most for the userbase. Its a Good feature that should be used more often, if not hardware utilized, then for emulation.
360’s X-Box 1 emulation is pretty good for the most part imo.