From gameindustry.biz interview.
The backwards compatibility issue has been talked about a lot in Europe recently. You made comments some months ago saying that backwards compatibility was important, something that you wanted to give consumers and that they wanted... Why has that strategy changed?
The strategy has not changed. We have made a technical change to the machine which moves us from being a hardware-embedded backwards compatibility solution to one which is a combination of hardware and software.
While that has unfortunately reduced the total number of games that will be compatible from the PS2 catalogue, it's important to remember that the PS1 catalogue remains unchanged, and definitely, March 23, we expect over 1000 titles to be playable for playstation 2. Within that list is the vast majority of games you would want to play. So I think everybody just needs to calm down and be comfortable that the strategy is still in place.
So there it is. I fully expect them to do only a few hundred before they call it quits.:clap:
I bet they even remove the backwards compat completely someday.
Not that there are few of them , surely so far several million, the hard ware compat ps3 is sure to be more
valuable for sure.