Since I use the PS3 to play games more than anything else and it comes with the regular controller, I don't see why I would want to buy a remote. If you have a bunch of devices, using the Harmony remote to control them would be best but using the controller is pretty easy and simple, plus you get it out of the box. Also, in regards to the removal of backwards compatibility, I read an interview with someone from Sony that said something like 80-90% of people who buy a PS3 do so for playing PS3 software and Blu-ray discs but not for PS/PS2 games, so they decided that anyone who would want it for PS/PS2 probably already bought it and they didn't need to include it anymore. Sony patented a method for emulating a PS and PS2 on the PS3 earlier this year, so there's a rumor that they're going to update the firmware at some point so every version of the PS3 can play PS2 games. There's also the rumor that they patented this method so they can release PS2 games on the PlayStation Store.