Sony has confirmed that it is currently in the process of PlayStation 4 emulation, which can easily emulate PS1 and PS2 games and the decision to offer backwards compatibility for popular PlayStation 2 titles has obviously been in the works long enough for the Japanese company to build emulation abilities for the PS4, which seems to have been classified now.
The extremely popular PlayStation 4 gets the support for PS2 titles on the company’s latest console – confirmed by an official Sony spokesperson. What it actually means, is that you can’t put a PS3 game in your PlayStation 4 and play it, where the system fundamentally not capable with each other. But with the confirmation about the change for PS2, the new PS4 emulator – can read about in section at the bottom of this page – evidently clarifies you could get another 1,000 plus games to play on your PS4 by 2016.
It’s now been made official. In an email correspondence with a Sony representative, Weired has managed to get a response from the electronics firm when it raised some questions about the technology and the potential of backwards compatibility. The reply, though short, gave many PS fans exactly what they needed to here:
We are working on utilizing PS2 emulation technology to bring PS2 games forward to the current generation. We have nothing further to comment at this point in time.
For PS3 games, there is a fairly expensive answer in PlayStation Now. What makes this worse is that Microsoft has solved Xbox One backwards compatibility by creating an Xbox 360 emulator within its latest console. That means you can simply slide any supported Xbox 360 titles into your Xbox One and they’ll play games straight away. Or you can download digital titles from the Xbox Live Store, and that too all for free of cost.
At least Sony’s confirmation about the decision has been made and that the emulation technology will affords users with the ability to once again play PlayStation 2 gamers is in the works. No word on when this level of tech will be available globally, not how it will actually be delivered is explained, but it appears that those looking to purchase a new PlayStation 4 can already get in on the emulation action.
Sony stealthily introduced a PS2 emulator to the PS4 through the new Star Wars bundle. The title packages together four classic franchise titles: Super Star Wars, Star Wars: Jedi Starfighter, Star Wars: Racer Revenge and Star Wars: Bounty Hunter. Currently has a new bundle package available that includes a PS4 console, as well as the brand new Star Wars: Battlefront game. Interesting thing to note is that these classic accompaniments aren’t rebuilds or modern reimagining of the older titles. Instead, they appear to be able to run on the PS4 thanks to some underlying elumation system.
In addition to the emulation, these new PS2 games also support retroactive trophies and they all seem to run at a very smooth 60fps as well. Good news for gamers, anyway, even if it is currently limited to these games at present. Expected to see Sony do the smart thing and just open it up to allow PS4 owners to finally play their PSone and PS2 games again.
Looks like, those purchasing this latest PlayStation 4 bundle will also receive the added bonus of being able to emulate the old PlayStation 2 environment with the intention being to execute classic gaming titles. Sony has confirmed that PS2 emulation is on the way but hasn’t gone into much detail past that. Rather than a physical disc, the titles are supplied via a single PSN code, with three of the titles hailing from the PS2 era.