ok, better without backwards then.
Personally, I love my launch 60g cadillac PS3. But, I was also working insane hours at the time, spending very little, and sitting around at home, eyes plastered to a computer screen (for work), whenever I didn't have to be in the office. So, that was an entirely unique situation that allowed me to drop a ~grand on a PS3, 4 games and a controller at launch. Unfortunately, the easiest way to cut down costs on the PS3, quickly, was removing the PS2 components from the PS3's main board. Frankly, I would've preferred all manufacturers continue the trend of BC, but, once gamer's showed they were willing to buy consoles hand over fist w/o that functionality, it was a lost cause.