OK I didnt think I would have to explain this cause I thought it would be obvious but I guess not...
Sony prooved with the ps2 that u can take SIGNIFICANT hits in price in the first half of the life of a system knowing that on the back half u will earn quite a bit not only off the system "cause the tech gets cheaper over time therefore cheaper to build year after year" but with a huge increase on accessories "wich have the highest % of profit from store bought merch" not to mention the fact that games will increase in sells and somewhat unique obviously to this gen is the dl's straight from the source "wich are quite profitable too" AND having your name in the house more will cause a person to buy your other products if u show them how nice 1 can be.
So to get back on point the FACT is that there are ten's of millions of people worldwide "especially Asia" who own a ps2 who have not bought a ps3 or any next gen for that fact cause there system is still being published for. Now if you stop support of the ps2 "like MS did for xbox" it will force people to go out and buy another system. Now when they get to the store they see that sony is now in the same ball park for the price comparison with Wii and 360 and it also comes with the cable u need to make it look good on your new high def tv and a good game. Then u read on the box that all your old ps2 and ps1 games will work on this new system and u can also watch high def movies and get on the internet and etc... and GEE look at them fly out of the store, imagine that. This is honestly simple. Not only has sony prooven my point with the ps2 but microsoft proved it with the xbox/360. This truly is not a hard thing to grasp.
BTW just incase u are one of the shit talkers earlier I have taken Micro Eco, Stat Eco, World Eco, Eco 101, 201, 303. I love the subject and I do know a little bit about what Iam talking about here. Grant-it Iam obviously not as qualified as the sony eco's however how good have they been doing so far? hmmmmm
This not just a pretty scenario that could work. This is the real world at a bad time! A company don't want to bleed more money then they already do right now. It ain't just about maybe succeeding in the console business (console war), this is about keeping the whole company stable and alive. Giant companies crumble around us. Hostile takeovers and other "bad" stuff is happening. Better a Sony laying low, putting money on games that probably (maybe?) will make profit in return plus add new PS3 gamers to the fold, then destroying the revenue of PS2 consoles and the revenue of games like Guitar Hero series and many other being bought by new PS2 owners as well as older.
New PS2 buyers keeps the PS2 installbase from dying (older owners moving there money to current gen games), that making publishers happy so they can port low risk games to PS2, that in turn makes both Sony and the publishers money to spend on current gen projects and keeping their company alive.
Making full BC to PS2 games would be good for us and maybe possible, but I don't really know and I don't blame Sony if they don't.
Lowering the price of PS3 will only make MS lowering the price of Xbox 360 just to have a more "affordable product" and it would work for Microsoft. Wii... All gamers who buy a Wii has one reason in common, Wii ain't like the other consoles and Wii will just go on selling, whatever happens.
If Sony really had the money and faith, maybe Final Fantasy and other games would have stay at PS3 as that would have made many many more people buy a PS3. Sometimes, it's better to lose and lose good, both in fighting and on economical terms, compared to many other alternatives.