I believe Sony is being pretty stupid with their ideas of flipping 8 different SKUs with different abilities but on another but its understandable because they removed all PS2 hardware which lowered general cost. BC with the PS23 was mainly becasue of the hardware, PS1 is software thats why the 40GB model supports PS1 games but not PS2 as of yet. Sony doesnt want to make an extreme promise of being able to support a massive amount of PS2 games because they had 7+ years to make a PS1 emulator and only 1 year to make a PS2, thats not exactly even. Rumble is being brought back because it was asked for by fans on the PS Blog. Sony will have BC back again eventually dont count that out. They are going to be working on a PS2 emulator. 4 Usb ports.. wasnt really needed as you mainly just need the ports to charge the controllers.. wow. Not much use out of them. Card readers.. theres a hard drive and USB port. Connect a camera, drag the files out, remove the camera. Storage space, DLNA server is supported the HDD can be all game data and you can still play music and videos from your PC HDD. Wifi is supported in the 40GB model dont listen otherwise. Bluetooth, 7 controllers = godlike. Sony is just trying to lower costs anyway they can. If that means by 2009 there will be a $199 PS3 that would be awesome.
ssj12: "Sony doesnt want to make an extreme promise of being able to support a massive amount of PS2 games..."
"[The PS3 will have] almost perfect backwards compatibility. There will be some exceptions, but we believe those will be even less than we saw from PSOne to PS2.
"Backwards compatibility, as you know from PlayStation One and PlayStation 2, is a core value of what we believe we should offer. And access to the library of content people have created, bought for themselves, and accumulated over the years is necessary to create a format. PlayStation is a format meaning that it transcends many devices -- PSOne, PS2, and now PS3."
ssj12: "Rumble is being brought back because it was asked for by fans on the PS Blog."
Sony PR - then
"We have no plans to do so in the standard controller that ships with PlayStation 3. I believe that the Sixaxis controller offers game designers and developers far more opportunity for future innovation than rumble ever did. Now, rumble I think was the last generation feature; it's not the next-generation feature. I think motion sensitivity is. And we don't see the need to do that. Having said that, there will be specific game function controllers, potentially like steering wheels that do include vibration or feedback function—not from us but from third parties."
Sony PR - now
"We look forward to exploring with Immersion exciting new ways to bring the largest and best range of gameplay experiences to our customers," said Kazuo Hirai, President and Group Chief Operating Officer, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. "We are very excited about our new partnership with Immersion and the potential for new and innovative products incorporating their technologies."