Yep, thats exactly why I'm kind of holding off. I have a PS2 but I can't be having a ps2 with all it's cables and plugs out at the same time as a PS3 (and the tv, dvd, v+ etc) so I'd want to be able to play the games on the PS3. It's a fairly sensible thing to expect, especially as initially it was one of the things they sold it on! You know if if I can't play them they'll just end up in a cupboard somewhere which is a massive waste (and I don't want to sell them, I want to play them!) I had heard that the 80gb versions would be available in the UK, and so the software emulation (not perfect but works on the majority of games) would be possible that way. But no idea on timescale.
...so that you don't have to have two playstations under the TV... One of the major comments from people is that if you have a lot of PS2 games then you will have a PS2 to play them on - but this is really missing the point. Of course you would use the vastly superior capabilities of the PS3 to get the best out of PS3 games - but there is still a viable reason for retaining this functionality - and is the reason I have held off buying one so far.
It may be odd, but would they sell more if they could play PS2 games. If the answer is "Yes" then there are a lot of people with the same view.
I swear this deal was £239.99 - £10 cheaper when it was last posted? BTW people who ordered this last time said the console was pretty much brand new but 1 guy did get one that had been used, then returned.
Maybe, but it seems odd that it would be a deciding factor..