Sony have reduced the price of the 60GB PS3 to 350 quid. You’ll also get two first party games with that. If that offer rocks your boat, you’ll have to act quick though, as Sony have taken the slightly strange decision to axe the 60GB version of the console once all the stock has sold out.
Replacing the 60GB will be a 40GB version for 300 quid. For your 50 quid you’ll lose the two games, 20GB of hard drive space (obviously), two USB ports (no big deal), the card reader and astonishingly, backwards compatibility.
For Sony to ignore their massive PS2 back catalogue is, to say the least, a strange decision. Let’s go over to Phil Harrison in 2006 to see what he has to say:
“Backwards compatibility, as you know from PSone and PlayStation 2, is a core value of what we believe we should offer. And access to the library of content people have created, bought for themselves, and accumulated over the years is necessary to create a format. PlayStation is a format meaning that it transcends many devices — PSone, PS2, and now PS3”