« on: September 7, 2008, 06:54 PM »
It was a cost savings decision. The PS3 needed to include one of the graphic chips from the PS2 to offer backward compatibility. By removing that chip, they save money building the newer PS3s. Their market research showed most people don't use the feature, so it made sense.
If you can track down the Metal Gear Solid 4 bundle somewhere, that's an 80-Gig that still has backward compatibility. They're sold out in most places, but people have said they're still finding them at low-traffic stores like Kmarts and stores off the beaten path.
There's a rumor out there that they're working on a patch that'll allow full software emulation of PS2 games. But I don't know if it's reliable or not.