“I don’t own a PS3 right now but I just heard about the new PS3 Slim so I’m thinking it’s time to join the bandwagon. I have a good collection of PS2 games though, so can the new PS3 Slim play PS2 games?”
The backwards compatibility was taken out of previous PS3 models and there were some rumors early on that this new PS3 Slim would be backwards compatible but Sony had since squashed those rumors.
John Koller is the marketing director for SCEA and here’s what he said about the whole issue during a Kotaku interview:
Now that we’re at a point where we’re three years into the lifecycle of the PS3, there are so many PS3 disc-based games that are available that we think and noticed this from our research that most consumers that are purchasing the PS3 cite PS3 games as a primary [reason]
And it’s not just like 50 or 60 percent. It’s well into the 80 or 90 percentile range who are purchasing it for PS3 [games]. We do know that there are next gen consumers wanting to come over the the PS3. Most of those are consumers who have not utilized their PS2 for a little while and they’re ready to jump into the PlayStation 3