In regards to the 'every playstation redesign has been worse than the one before' removing ports on the console is a cost cutting measure, and it isn't limited to Sony. All game companies do it. It's how they can afford to sell the redesigned consoles cheaper. They remove components that arent being used. Hell, Nintendo did that with the Gamecube not too long after it was released.
As for backward compatibility, yeah I'm firmly on the side of those who think all consoles should have it as standard. How exactly does it prevent the brand moving forward? You are giving customers the option to play their old games on your system, not limiting the system to playing only
old games. There is no impact at all on 'developer rescources', the older games already exist
. All that is required is the necessary software to run those games, and they could shit out a patch for that. Hell, it used to be a standard feature, so if you look at it that way, removing backwards compatibility would have actually cost more
in terms of effort than just leaving it alone. And the PS2
is out of production now. Did they ever think that maybe people would buy the PS3
just to play all their games on one system?
Actually I think they did. Let me share my own theory on why they removed backwards compatibility.
How much do old PS2
games cost on Amazon? Not a whole lot usually, unless they're rare. Now, how much do those same games cost on PSN? Also, bear in mind that buying physical copies of old used games gets Sony no extra cash. But removing backwards compatibility and forcing you to buy those games over PSN?
Its all about the bottom line. Game companies want your money at the end of the day.