Fair enoughs. x3 In any case, yeah, definitely by a grey area if they do take someone else's emulator and modify it, given not only is an emulator technically illegal, but its very creation would require 'stealing' the details on how a PS2 operates, if only to make an adequate recreation. Whatever the case, so long as they don't just cram a messy emulator port in there full of bugs, I'm happy. n.n
Well, Sony, I DID mention that backwards-compatibility was important. Maybe you should've listened in the first place. In retrospect, this would have probably doubled the amount of consoles you've sold by now, so let's see you pull this off and recup the loss, hmm?
Really gotta go with Strazdas on this one.
Releasing backwards compatibility wouldn't have had THAT great an impact on their sales, because they're pretty much selling like hotcakes as it is. Actually, announcing or even releasing backwards compatibility this summer (maybe making the announcement during E3,) would actually be the best way they could have handled it. Wait until the initial rush of demand has ebbed (which it apparently hasn't yet, not completely,) and then, BOOM!
Not only would you have announced something that leads to even MORE frantic demand, but you also ensure that you have adequate supplies to serve these newcomers, rather than having the newbies fight with the people already trying to get a PS4 for different reasons.
OT: As someone who doesn't own any PS2 or original Playstation games anymore, I really hope that they take a dual approach to backwards compatibility; not only allow the play of pre-existing disc-based titles, for my brethren who still own them, but also have an entire section of the Store just stocked to the brim with digital Playstation and PS2 titles. :3 A one-size-fits-all, or even fits-most emulator opens the door for far more games on the digital store than the PS3 has currently had.