SCEA CEO Jack Tretton said in a roundtable with journalists at E3 today that he would have liked to have had backwards compatibility in PlayStation 3, but the company has made its decision and is sticking with it.
He explained that Sony did “not take a greater hit on production cost without losing PlayStation’s heritage” and that backwards compatibility “wasn’t all that expensive.”
“But we’re selling PS2 software to PS2 customers, and selling PS3 software to PS3 consumers,” he added.
“I would like to have had it in there, but Sony’s collective strategy determined we could afford to lose it. We’ve now gone down that road: we’re not going back.”
By Mike Bowden