The news came down last week that future low-end PS3s won't have any backwards compatibility
features, and that surprised a lot of onlookers. In response, Sony UK's Ray Maguire has attempted to clarify their logic
. Essentially, in Sony's view, the money spent on back-compat features is better spent on developing new games or reducing the price of the console. "When PS3 first launched, Sony felt that backwards compatibility was an important feature as there were relatively few games for the new system, Maguire explained. 'So it was a big decision," he said of facility's removal, 'and we know it is a very emotive subject as lots of people think that backwards compatibility is high on the agenda and yet few really use it.'"
For more on this, Joystiq has a few words on the implications
of Sony's decision, while Kotaku says the 40GB unit will be arriving in the US on Nov. 2nd
. For those of you who already own PS3s: would you have purchased a unit if it didn't have BC? If you don't have one yet, does the removal of BC make you less likely to buy one?