PS2 Classics Ape Escape, Dark Chronicle Rated For PS4 Release

Could more be on the way?


Video game classification board PEGI has rated PlayStation 2 titles Ape Escape 2, Twisted Metal: Black, and Dark Chronicle for release on the PlayStation 4.

The release of these titles have not yet been officially announced by Sony.

Although Sony offered PS3 owners the option to download select PS2 classics in lieu of the hardware's lack of backwards compatibility, this feature has not yet expanded to PS4.

The unearthed ratings naturally suggest more classics may be released in the future, but Sony has not yet indicated an intention to continue releasing PS2 titles as an ongoing strategy.

At E3 2015, Microsoft announced the Xbox One would support Xbox 360 backwards compatibility through software-enabled emulation. Responding to this, Sony's Shuhei Yoshida confirmed Sony has no plans to implement a similar solution to allow PS3 titles to be played on the PS4

Pictured: PEGI's classifications of PS2 games on PS4
Pictured: PEGI's classifications of PS2 games on PS4

"The technology involved must be very challenging," he said.

The PS4 does offer some kind of backward compatibility by way of paid streaming service PlayStation Now. Asked if a native solution could be added, Yoshida indicated it was unlikely.

"I don't think we will change our approach," he said. "The PlayStation 4 doesn't have backward compatibility."

"Backward compatibility is hard," Yoshida explained. "I won't say we'll never do it, but it's not an easy thing to do. If it was easy we would have done that."

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