Sony Confirms PS2 Game Emulation Coming To Best-Selling PlayStation 4 Console
The console wars are in full force as we head into the holidays. Yes, you can expect discounted bundles
and all that jazz, but when deciding your platform of choice, it comes down to things like game selection and features. A big feature that's coming to the PlayStation 4
is the ability to play PlayStation 2 games through emulation.
This is a pretty big deal for Sony
and its PlayStation line. The PS4 is the company's first console to launch without some sort of backwards compatibility, a fact that was recently highlighted when Microsoft
introduced an Xbox 360 emulator
inside its Xbox One system. Sony's essentially doing the same thing, only it's reaching back another generation.
"We are working on utilizing 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."
Since Sony isn't ready to reveal any details, it's not yet clear if owners of PS2 games will be able to use their PS2 discs or if they'll have to buy PS2 games from the PlayStation Store.
However it all shakes out, it does appear as if Sony has quietly released the first batch of emulated PS2 games. They're available through a retail PS4 bundle for Star Wars: Battlefront that also includes a handful of classic titles -- Super Star Wars, Star Wars: Racer Revenge, Star Wars: Jedi Starfighter, and Star Wars: Bounty Hunter.