There’s finally confirmation that Sony is working on a PlayStation 2 emulator and that old titles could eventually be played on the last-generation PlayStation 4. Xbox beware.
- Sony has been asked about a PS 2 emulator since the launch of PS 4
- The company is currently working on an emulator, confirmed by a representative
- More details will likely be announced next month
Microsoft recently launched the New Xbox One Experience, which included the highly anticipated ‘backwards compatibility’. This allowed Xbox One users to play a decent amount of games, around 100 titles, of old Xbox 360 games on the better performing hardware. This is in addition to the re-master of multiple games that would bring the classics to the higher resolution screens.
Sony has been asked about this possibility for a lot longer. In fact, this has been a question often posed by gamers since the launch of the PlayStation 4. And, finally, it seems that the Japanese company is making steps forward with that purpose in mind. At some point in the future, gamers will be able to play their old PlayStation 2 game on their last generation console.
According to a Sony representative they “are working on utilizing PS 2 emulation to bring PS 2 games” to the PlayStation 4. However, no further comments were offered on how, when, or any other details about the future function for their console. It’s been likely on their minds for a long time, and they have dipped their toes into the water recently.
With the Darth Vader bundle for the PlayStation 4, gamers had this year’s highly anticipated ‘Star Wars: Battlefront’, along with three additional games. ‘Star Wars: Bounty Hunter’, ‘Star Wars: Racer Revenge’, and ‘Star Wars: Jedi Starfighter’, were all originally released for the PS 2, but were made available for the PS 4. However, the games were not simply ported. Instead, they were emulated.
Those who have played the three games of the franchise on their last-generation console have pointed out the evidence to support that statement. When first launching one of them, the old PlayStation 2 logo appears on the screen, and the old ‘start’ and ‘select’ buttons are mapped on the touchpad of the DualShock 4.
The games were also rendered at higher resolution than their initial release. After being transferred from 640×448 pixels to 1292×896 for the PS 4, they ran smoothly at 60 frames per second. Now begs the question on when more games will be similarly ported on the better forming hardware.
There’s an entire array of games that would be interesting to play again on the console, such as ‘Grand Theft Auto III’, ‘Shadow of Colossus’, ‘God of War II’, ‘Prince of Persia: Sands of Time’, and many others. More news is expected in December, at Sony’s PlayStation Experience event.
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