Rumor: PS3 Price Cut And Backwards Compatibility Confirmed
We've often talked about the possibility of a PlayStation 3 price drop and a redesigned model, but there is also some talk concerning the return of full backwards compatibility for Sony's new machine.
It should all happen at GamesCom, if it's going to happen at all. And to add more fuel to the fire, it seems there is some verbal confirmation from an anonymous Sony representative, who let something slip when asked a direct question by a GameStop employee. The supposed evidence comes from ScrawlFX, where the employee asked about the rumors going around about the PS3 slim and the chance of seeing b/c again. The response, which is already getting a ton of attention online, is as follows:
"All I'm going to say is this: both a price drop and a firmware update with backwards compatibility are coming soon."
Now, you will notice he makes no mention of the PS3 Slim, and we all assumed the price drop was coming in some form, for some version of the console. But this backwards compatibility idea has kinda sprung up out of the blue in recent weeks, and if proven true, it will come as a welcome surprise to those with big PS2 collections who often have to keep both the PS2 and PS3 hooked up. Only the original 60GB PS3 could play most all PS2 software along with PS1 software but since then, Sony has been phasing it out. As of now, the current 80GB PS3 doesn't play any PS2 games at all (although it can still play PS1 titles).
Therefore, to have the return of full backwards compatibility would definitely be big news. Guess we'll have to wait until Sony's press conference on Tuesday to find out...
8/16/2009 Ben Dutka