Recently Ars Technica spoke with Sony's director of hardware marketing John Koller regarding the just-revealed PlayStation 3 Slim. The questions ranged from changing out the hard drive in the sleeker model, to the possible existence of a "power brick" even though the new design uses a third less power. But the biggest news stemming from the interview centered on the previously-removed backwards compatibility. In short, will the feature be re-introduced in the near future?No.
"It's not coming back, so let me put that on the table," Koller told Ars. "It's not as big as a purchase intent driver as you may be hearing. We've got such a substantial lineup of titles on the PS3; most people are buying the PS3 for PS3 games. They're buying it for PS3 games and Blu-ray movies." He reaffirmed his statement by saying that the feature would not be returning.