This is my annoyance, and let's just forget the HDMI thing, I realize there are hardware solutions in place but you are missing the bigger picture here.
I bought a TON of stuff on the PSN, every FF they sell, quite a few PS Classes, even some original games. Now if I want to keep playing those games, I can a) play them on my Vita (fine for the ones that it can actually play) or b) keep a PS3 in the house for as long as I want to play them. I don't understand why I'm being unreasonable in wanting those purchases to carry over.
I will probably end up owning a PS4 once the library grows up a little bit, but it will be much longer than when I bought my 60gb, fully backwards compatible, launch PS3.
I don't think you're being unreasonable at all. Re purchasing things you already own is a no no. I think your grievances are valid, but are solved easily and inexpensively. You brought up the hdmi issue as a counter to someone's solution, "keep your ps3 hooked up and you can play it still." I am guessing here, but it seems like you're fishing for a reason not to get ps4. Like you're tempted to get it, but now you have the reason not to. Now, I'm not saying that because I'm getting it at launch that you must also, but for every issue I see people complain about, I see a simple solution.
My ps1, ps2 and wii are sitting one foot away from their successors. My wii is hooked up using component, ps2 using composite and 360, ps3 and wii u take up 3 of my TV's 4 hdmi slots. My 4th slot has a splitter to share between my fios tv and my pc incase I want to play FFXIV on the 60" and relax. It actually set up so perfectly that I have 2 spare screens that never get any use lol....(From me anyway. When friends come over, I have screens that they all can play MVC3 Street Fighter etc on).
Ok, forget the hdmi thing. Then that brings us back to the, "well if you want to play ps3 games, keep your ps3." No one is expecting you to repurchase them. However, didn't nintendo actually set up their system that way? You have to re buy all your old content for a reduced price (I think it's 1 dollar for games you already own). I'm guessing that there is some cost added to transfer old content over. A cost we are not willing to pay, (600 dollars) but we still want convenience of having it built into consoles. I'm going to keep my ps3 set up, and If I want to play a PS3 game, I'll just turn on my ps3 and play all my purchases. (All the ps1 final fantasy titles I own as well.)
You said you're getting a final Fantasy X Itch. That's ONE game out of the thousands of games in the ps2 library. I also had that problem last year in February. I got the collectors edition of FFXII when it came out but I really wanted to play it last year again. I used my own advice and popped it in my ps2. OMG... it looked like ****!!! Just a huge screen of muddy squares. I laughed, but I was irritated lol. I could either A) Buy a component cable for ps2 or B) Use a ps2 emulator. I set it up on my pc and ran it at 1200p. It was awesome lol. I REALLY wanted to play.
I'm buying a ps4 to play ps4 games. Not ps1 or ps2 games. I'll go as far as to assume that most of us don't even replay to completion. (I know I've quit playing after my itch was scratched.) Now I'm not saying you do that all the time, but I can be almost certain that you've all replayed a game just for nostalgia and quit halfway and was satisfied. Out of all the ps2 games, I only replayed my favorites, Kingdom Hearts II Final Mix, Final Fantasy XII and Marvel vs Capcom 2. I can hardly expect Sony to make that possible for me when there are so many other options available. I love the age we live in now. The technology and the freedom to find ways to realize our desires. That's why It's not a big deal to me, that it's not natively backwards compatible. It's going to be awhile before we're able to emulate the ps3 and 360 though, which is why I suggest holding on to your old systems.
As for you not buying it at launch, it's quite acceptable because they won't have the quality game library that you are comfortable with. The other so called negatives just seem slightly nit picky. When ps2 started this backwards compatibility trend, they set themselves up lol. They're damned either way, with an over priced console, or a backwards compatibility system that doesn't please everyone. Remember when super nintendo came out and all you could think about was playing regular nintendo games on it? :) Didn't think so. That is unreasonable, because the costs of development. It's hard watching some of these complaints because they are ignorant of how things work outside of what they want. I want a reasonably priced machine that does "many cool things." One of those cool things shouldn't be playing OLD games. That was cool when ps2 launched. Not so much anymore. It has been proven, that allowing backwards compatibility increases costs. You're actually paying for the ps3 again technically (or part of it), when you already own one.(which is your complaint o_o) It's just like nintendo wii u's repurchase your old, already owned titles for 1 dollar lol. I hope next xbox keeps the cost down too by not emphasizing on backwards.