Sony delayed the release of the european version of the PS3 because they desperately needed to cut the cost. Now Sony has released information that the european version has been modified. The PS2 hardware compability has been removed and have been replaced with a software emulation. Good grief, on this page (http://faq.eu.playstation.com/bc/) you will be informed what games you can’t use on the EU PS3. It will be updated the same day of the release because they hope people won’t check this before they hurry to buy it.
This means that you will be forced to buy PS3 releases, and they will push prices up. The european PS3 is allready more expencive than the US and JP versjon.
All of this are well known issues with Sony, compability were reduced with the slim PS2, so I guess this is not a shock to gamers around the world.
There are already teams out there who develop chip-systems for PS3, I have a feeling the market for chipped PS3 will be bigger than what we’ve seen with the PS2. Sony is too greedy, using 600 on a crippled version of PS3 is too much. And having to pay 50 for 1 game is a crime.
Good luck Sony, The Pirate Bay will have to expand its bandwith when people start to download PS3 games for real..