243w ago - A TAWKN (linked above) user who goes by dn2500f has had his 80GB PS3 with backwards-compatibility at Sony's repair center in Ontario, Canada for three weeks now.
Sony apparently only offered to give him a new model 80GB PS3, which does not include PS2 support (over 1,900 PS2 games that he can no longer play).
To quote: Today he called in to get a status update and was told that it was beyond repair, and because Sony doesn't make that model anymore they can't replace it... despite the fact that he bought four years' worth of Sony Care extended warranty for it, for a total of five years.
They offered to give him a new model 80GB PS3.
He argued with them that he is not just losing a PS3, but PS2 support (that's over 1900 PS2 games that he can no longer play), extra USB ports, plus the built-in card readers. Sony's reply? Too freaking bad. (Not a direct quote, obviously).
This guy is very angry at Sony, and rightfully so. They didn't offer him anything but a far inferior model than what he bought about 12 months ago, which he says is unacceptable - and I agree.
At the VERY least, they should be trying to make up for this to him and other users who paid $100 extra for a console that has only one life left to live.
If I were in his situation, I'd be demanding either a few good free games, or a consolation package consisting of: a USB hub, USB memory card readers, PS2 slim, and PS2 component cable.
"If I wanted to go through this much BS, I would have bought an Xbox."
Ouch. Understand, I've talked with this guy over the years, and he was instrumental in my own purchase of a PS3. If Sony doesn't remedy this in some manner, I don't think he'll be helping sell their products anymore.
Of course, if they released a firmware tonight with complete software-based PS2 support for all PS3s, then the blow might not be so bad.
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I do not consider any of what I have previously wrote to be "BS", as for my "improved" console statment I will agree it isn't really the right word in this context; but the new PS3's do have their advantages over the old ones, they use far less power, they have a die shrink on both CPU and GPU so they produce less heat, which intern should make them more reliable over the long run, its clear that Sony removed backwards compatibility for a reason, which in this case is that they where loosing money and the bottom line is that no company want's to loose money. Although I am confident that Sony will release a software based emulator for all PS3 consoles.
Pretty much of BS you just wrote. In what aspect would the one he'd get back be "IMPROVED"? In my understanding of this English word improved means something better in terms of functionality | usability | reliability | performance | ... I cannot see any such improvement in new models but I can see a lot worsening already mentioned: less USB ports, no card reader, no PS2 backward compatibility, no SACD playback...
He bought a product with certain functionality and even paid for extended support of it. I do not think they can do this and would fight for my rights.
dn2500f, deal with it; you are getting back an improved console which is cheaper to manufacturer, and if you loose PS2 backwards compatibility who cares?, I own a PS3 to play PS3 games, I own a PS2 & PS1 to play their respective games. Quit crying and accept the damn console as it is.