PlayStation 2 Emulation is Coming to the PS4

By Gerald Lynch on at

Did you have a PlayStation 2? Of course you had a PlayStation 2. EVERYONE had a PlayStation 2, with the console selling a record-breaking 155 million units in its lifetime. But, aside from dusting off the near-16 year old machine, playing games from its library of thousands of classic titles can be a little difficult.

That's all about to change though. Sony has confirmed that it will be offering PlayStation 2 games via emulation on the new(ish) PlayStation 4 console at some point in the future.

“We are working on utilisiing PS2 emulation technology to bring PS2 games forward to the current generation,” Sony told Wired. “We have nothing further to comment at this point in time.”

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In fact, in some respects, Sony's already delivered an under-the-radar launch of the feature. A new Star Wars PS4 bundle comes complete with a suite of classic Star Wars games (Super Star WarsStar Wars: Racer RevengeStar Wars: Jedi Starfighter, and Star Wars: Bounty Hunter), three of which originally debuted on the PS2.

And, as this video from Eurogamer's Digital Foundry shows, these seem to be true emulated versions of the games, rather than rebuilt remasters:

Why is that important? Essentially, if the games have been emulated rather than rebuilt, it effectively means that there's nothing other than licensing technically stopping Sony offering emulated versions of practically every other PlayStation 2 game on the PS4. Not only that, but going by Digital Foundry's analysis, it looks as though they'll be souped-up, high-res versions, too.

While Sony hasn't commented on details of any further roll out, it's an important weapon in its arsenal against Microsoft's Xbox One, which has garnered great press recently with its gradual introduction of a backwards compatibility feature. Should Sony have the means to allow gamers to pop their old collection of PS2 discs into the PS4 console and get gaming hassle-free, it'll be another arrow in its pack-leading console quiver. [Wired]

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