I still own a playstation 2, so it's not a big issue for me.
Backward compatibility for PS1 games is though, because for some reason my PS2 can't play PS1 discs (even ones with no scratches what so ever).
I would send it to sony, but it's out of warranty and I don't plan to pay to play 1 game (FF8) and I don't trust the seedy guys at the local "mod/upgrade" shop to repair my console.
So now I'm sitting here with FF7 in one hand (that works, and that I don't want to play) and FF8 in the other (I do want to play but it's not supported by the 40gb PS3 according to the Sony website).
I'm going to say yes though, because it means I can't sell my PS2.
Sounds like pre-mature DRE to me. That's usually what happens. It happened to me. Anyway, it's an easy fix. Just have to be a little careful, but it's a breeze. You just open up your PS2 and use like a swab or something to clean the lense...get compressed air while you're at it to clean out the years of built up dust. It will work like a charm then.