Expected, but disappointing no less. Sony’s legacy is sensational, between PS1 and 2 alone we saw franchises start (either as exclusives or as flagship titles) of the caliber of Resident Evil, Metal Gear Solid, Crash Bandicoot, Spyro, Tomb Raider, Silent Hill, Devil May Cry, Onimusha, Burnout, Grand Theft Auto and many more. While a good chunk of these games received remakes and remasters since and most can be found on PC, not being able to go back to the classics directly on console is disappointing. There’s no technical reason that the PS1-2 classics could not run on PS5 at the very least digitally, considering they already have the emulators in place. I can see PS3 being an issue to an extent but by this point they should be able to brute force that one as well without too many hiccups.
Who is surprised by this? They had a working PS2 emulator in the PS4 firmware which was only accessible by paying up on a game by game basis. PS1-3 ‘compatibility’ will be there when they find a way to suck their customers dry with it.
There’s great stuff in the original Xbox library too, but just imagine games like Chrono Cross, Metal Gear Solid, Ridge Racer Type 4, Katamari Damacy, Persona 3, and on and on, right there under one roof with your current gen games. It’s criminal to look at a legacy like that and think “Who would want to play those OLD games?”
What’s happening is that because of biased media and neutral culture - no one is asking critical questions to sony. Or if someone even asks for it, sony gets away with saying anything unrelated to the topic.