"We are sorry for the game fans that they cannot play all the games. But unfortunately some of these problems could not be avoided."
So says Sony spokesman Satoshi Fukuoka with regard to the new console and its apparent backward in-compatibility with, reportedly, 200 games.
"It is true that there are some PlayStation (PS1) and PlayStation 2 (PS2) games that are not playing properly on PlayStation 3 (PS3). But, our first software update was also timed to coincide with the launch."
Fukuoka-san continued, in the light of a report from Japanese media organ, The Sankei Shimbun
on Tuesday which stated that approximately 200 PlayStation 2 and PlayStation 1 titles could have problems.
While not confirming nor denying the number of games as reported, Fukuoka-san stated, ?Anyone who understands the game business knows this happens. Whether the media chooses to make a fuss over this or not, our job is to accurately relay information to our users."
This the company had done on its Japanese website on the day of the PS3?s launch. However, and this could be viewed as at best smug, at worst, arrogant, a Sony spokeswoman has also been quoted on South African financial reporting site, Finance24, as saying:
?We don't want to call them defects, as the problems are sort of inevitable when introducing totally different hardware. The type of problems vary from software to software. In some cases the only problem is no sound, and in others the screen freezes up. We're working day-and-night to provide software to solve the problem.?
Defects? Of course not. SPOnG is not looking forward to the day that a brand new cheese comes on to the market with the promise that it is compatible with all current humans? but isn?t, and takes out a few older units until the blue mould upgrade solves it.
Sony is, of course, promising an online hotfix at some point in the future... for the PS3, not the cheese.
Although you can go to Sony?s Japanese website and use its online, ?Is my game ricked?? function for yourself, the following games have been mentioned as missing in action ? at least in Japan:Code Age CommandersDevil May CryDriving Emotion Type-SFinal Fantasy VIIFinal Fantasy XIGran Turismo 4Hot Shots Golf 3/4Hyper Street Fighter II Anniversary EditionMegaman X7OnimushaOnimusha Dawn of DreamsOperator's SideRadiata StoriesSilent Hill 2Star Ocean Till the End of Time (includes Directors Cut)Suikoden IIITekken 5Xenosaga Episode II