I remember when the first generation of the PS2 console had a problem playing PS1 games. I thought they dropped the ball on that one.
Now the first-generation PS3 is having trouble playing PS2 games. Will they ever learn? They had an extra year to produce the console. I guess it is about Profit/Loss ratio. How much are they going to lose on consoles that are flawed. In this case, absolutely nothing. To bad for the early adopters.
I got my eye on a second generation PS3 and I won't have to stand out in the cold for two days to get one! Wait until February if you can.