When the PS3 came out in the United States it had a pretty good backwards compatibility as it used either some hardware or an emulator (can't remember which one, but it was the most expensive option). By the time it was released in the Netherlands, they changed it to the cheaper option, meaning that our PS3 could play less "old" games than the US version. I think it was about half a year later (!), that they decided to drop the backwards compatibility completely as no one used it (Sony's statement). Personally, I think it was more a money problem: it was too expensive and bad for their sales as people were still playing their old games on their new console (instead of new console = buy games). The first versions of the PS3 were called the "fat" (as they were bigger) and the newer (slimmer) ones "slim". The slim ones may have more memory than the fat ones, but have less USB-ports, no backwards compatibility and whatnot.
This just in... Ecco's awesome! But we already knew that, right? Well, duh!
And, cool sketch! Shoulda' said that first, I suppose...
And, yes!! Ecco NEEDS to swim his way onto PS3! Alla' da' games! Someone's gotta make it happen... and, while they're at it, maybe they could finish up Sentinels of the Universe, eh? Can't believe it was scrapped for Jaws Unleashed. *Grumble, grumble...* Hopefully he makes a return very soon!