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Buying a PS3? May as well hurl that PS2 dancemat in a skip, as old-gen peripherals will be problematic. Meanwhile the news was that, if we were to believe old-hand developer John 'Quake' Carmack, Sony and Microsoft were just making all this next-gen stuff up.
Look at Xbox 360, Sony's Phil Harrison tittered this month, it's got two models! It's all too confusing, said Harrison, before hastily pointing out that this was just his opinion, that's all. Meanwhile, dev 'sources' claimed that PS3 was easier to work with than 360, and it'd be launching in the summer, not spring, as Sony's decision to opt for Blu-ray support became an early scapegoat for the console's predicted high price.
Above: Sony would not be deterred from using the boomerang-style controller
PlayStation 3 probably won't be able to play every PS2 game, Sony warned this month. This kicked off a bad period for the Japanese giant as developers began to grumble and considered defecting to Microsoft, after encountering difficulties while working with PS3's new hardware. Worse was to come, however, as Sony appeared to be planning an online service similar to the internet headache suffered by PS2 gamers. Shudder.
A worldwide launch was already looking unlikely in November, when Sony chief Howard Stringer spoke of a March launch for Japan, and Christmas for US - although Europe was predictably left unconsidered. Although that wouldn't matter if Sony were telling the truth about PS3 being totally region free.
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