It went under a lot of radars, but Sony has quietly shown the world that the PlayStation 4 is not only capable of running PlayStation 2 games, it already is!
How so? Well, earlier this week, EA released Star Wars Battlefront, and alongside it, it tossed out a bunch of Star Wars classics from the PlayStation 2 days. Star Wars: Jedi Starfighter, Star Wars: Racer Revenge, and Star Wars: Bounty Hunter to be exact. All three games were released originally on the PlayStation 2, and according to reports by Digital Foundry, they currently run on the PlayStation 4’s enhanced and unnannounced PlayStation 2 emulation.
Yes, “enhanced” PlayStation 2 emulation, meaning that not only is the PlayStation 4 capable of playing PlayStation 2 games, it’s capable of improving them as well!
Well, what if we want to play more than just Star Wars games? What if we want to play Dark Cloud 2, Ape Escape 2, and Twisted Metal: Black, three PlayStation 2 classics that were leaked for a PlayStation 4 release? Relax. PlayStation Experience is happening in two weeks on Dec. 5 and 6, and if Sony listens to the survey it sent out to fans, we might be seeing more classic game support on Sony’s modern console soon.
A Sony rep also confirmed some sort of plans with Wired.
“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.”
It remains to be seen in what capacity, but I’d love to migrate over my PS2 Classics collection to a new console. I’d even like to simply put a disc into the machine and let it go from there, but that’s a whole extra layer of backwards compatibility and licensing I don’t think we’ll be dealing with so early.