40GB PS3 Bound for America, BC Is "Secondary"

5664-ps3.jpg And just in time for Christmas! Bet you didn't see that coming. The 40GB PLAYSTATION 3 will go on sale November 2nd, which is before the console drops in Japan (November 11th), but after Europe (October 10th). No word whether America will be getting the Ceramic White version that will go on sale in both Japan and Korea. The 40GB version will retail for $US 400, while the 80GB version will get a hundred price cut from $US 600 to $US 500. The 40GB PLAYSTATION 3 will not be able to play PS2 games — unlike previous versions of the consoles, which either featured BC or gimped BC. Addressing this issue, Sony Computer Entertainment of American honcho Jack Tretton remarked:

We're choosing to focus on the PlayStation 2 consumer with the PlayStation 2, which remains incredibly relevant, and focus on the PlayStation 3 consumer with the new 40-gigabyte model and the great software coming out... Backward compatibility is a nice secondary consideration, but it's far from the number-one priority.

Oh? Is the number one priority then unnecessarily cluttering up the living room with Sony consoles?

40GB Coming [Reuters]


    Here! Here! to that last comment. I don't want multiple consoles in my living room. PS3 is supposed to be the ultimate all in one device, clearly it isn't.
    I really don't understand why it is so hard for them to emulate this via software only, considering homebrewers can do it.
    How much revenue are they cutting out with this as well as they won't be able to sell PS2 games on the PS Store.

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