PS2 Emulation Confirmed For PS4

Classic games will be playable on Sony's latest console via emulation.

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Sony is working on emulation technology that will allow PlayStation 2 games to be played on its latest home console, the PlayStation 4. The news was revealed in an email statement sent to Wired.

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"We are working on utilizing PS2 emulation technology to bring PS2 games forward to the current generation," said an unnamed Sony representative. "We have nothing further to comment at this point in time."

In January 2014, an anonymous source working on Sony's PlayStation Now streaming technology said an emulator was in the works for PS4 that would run PS2 games in native HD resolutions. As a result, this would offer a visual advantage over previously existing PS1/PS2 upscaling methods, and open up other visual options seen in emulators like PCSX2.

It appears that PS2 emulation has recently been the subject of technical tests. On November 19, alongside the release of EA and DICE's Star Wars Battlefront, the publisher also released Star Wars: Racer Revenge, Star Wars: Jedi Starfighter, and Star Wars: Bounty Hunter--all classic PS2 titles..

In addition to various visual improvements and remapped controls, the re-releases also include Trophy support. It's possible these were added through a method outlined in a patent that Sony applied for in 2013. Sony has also previously patented technology for adding content to emulated games.

On October 26, Sony sent out a survey asking PlayStation 4 users what they think are the most important features that should be added to the console. Among the options was "PS1 classics" and "PS2 classics" support, indicating the platform holder may be gauging the demand for more re-releases.

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When M$ allows 360 games on XB1 Sony pony's are like - Thats stupid, lame, and poopy face!

When Sony does the same thing - Xbots be like............................. Oh wait no fucks were given!

Just enjoy your dam games little kids!!!!!!!!!!!!

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*looks at extensive physical ps2 library*

*looks at ps2 still hooked on tv*

dont care.

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PS2 emulation on pc since forever.

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why not make them all available on PSN? the entire collection of PS, PS2 and PS3

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I want Buldurs Gate: Dark Alliance 1 + 2 and Champions of Norrath and Return to Arms, those were some of my favorite games in the ps2 era. To get them in HD and with Trophies, my Johnson just got excited :D

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ps2? that's cute.

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@golemoy: and also has a tremendously larger library than PS3.

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I want Blasto!

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Im not going to pay for a game I already purchased.

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Yea if you buy them for 10 dollars a piece on PSN. Not going to include your existing PSN purchases.

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I wonder if this is going to be strictly for PSN's Classics, or if retail PS2 disks will be allowed to be emulated, as well.

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BC is important, I'm glad they're finally putting some work into it. Hopefully it works by putting in the disc into the PS4, it'd be messed up if they try to charge for these games just being emulated.

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If I could play Star Wars Battlefront 1 and 2 on my ps4, I would be soooo happy! :DDDDD

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I don't have a PS4, I have XB1, but if I did then I'd excited for a couple of games. Graphics would be the last thing to worry about, I'd play those games again because they're fun and the nostalgic feeling.

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Have read a number of posts that involve complaining about the graphics. Gameplay supersedes graphics. I'd rather play a game that focuses on gameplay. The PS2 had a large number of practical must buy games. I'm excited about the opportunity to play PS2 classics on the PS4. And that's simply for gameplay. Younger gamers may have little interests, because they didn't experience the PS2 when it was in it's prime. I'm quite sure a number of older gamers share the same excitement I have for the opportunity to play PS2 classics.

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Man, you dont want graphic bug or controler latency, BUY A WII U !! XD

Wii U Own de market with retro game of nintendo, More decade of retro GAMES , Then Xbox One or PS4 !!! And just to say the Wii U got greater retro games, have the cheapest price of all console and they put all generation of retro console !!! Not only one or two backward compatibility. PS2, PS1 because they cant put PS3 game on the PS4 or for the XBOX ONE who have only XBOX 360 compatibility now . Nintendo they have , NINTENDO, SNES, GAMEBOY, GAMEBOY ADVANCE, NINTENDO 64, NINTENDO DS, GAMECUBE and WII !!!!! That is how much people can underestimate NINTENDO FRANCHISE. Good luck for Sony and Microsoft for fighting each other while nintendo is going undercover ! XD And plz guy check the fact before being an HATER,

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@Alexand20: I'm going to go ahead and assume English isn't your first language.

First, Nintendo is a first party developer on their consoles, of which there are almost zero third-party devs. Second, the Gamecube was basically an overclocked N64, and the Wii was basically an overclocked Gamecube, same with WiiU, just an overclocked Wii. Third, the N64 could only play GBC games, with an expensive controller adapter. The gamecube could not play GBC, nor N64 games at all. The Wii can only play Gamecube discs because it is literally an overclocked Gamecube. Still can't play GBC games. The DS can't play N64, or GBC. The Wii only has backwards compatibility with the NES, SNES, N64, and Gamecube because all of those titles are being emulated, poorly. It's not true backwards compatibility. And graphical bugs? Controller latency? Did you miss Metroid Other M? Or any game not made specifically by Nintendo? Last I checked, Sony's PSVITA can play PSP, PS1, and PS2, and PS3 games to an extent. The PS4 can play PS3 games through the marketplace. The Xbox 360 has direct backwards compatibility with Xbox Original, and the Xbox One has direct backwards compatibility with the 360. And let's not get ahead of our selves here, we both know Nintendo only has emulation because it is bleeding it's customers dry. If you want to talk real, my PC can EMULATE a WiiU at 100% speed, with OTF decryption of the game keys. Any decent PC can emulate every Nintendo console, Most Sony devices, and with the current Xbox 360 emulator being worked on, even that.

Go back to that Nintendo funded rock you live under.

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Will I get to play Mercenaries Playground Of Destruction again?

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Finally I will be able to play Crash Bandicoot agen! :D

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Alot of people keep downing this because they think the games are gonna look terrible, to these people I say this: who gives a flying ****? You get to play your favorite PS1/PS2 games all on your PS4 (provided you even have any). At least look on this favorably, this is a good thing...

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Another way to milk out cash from PS4 users i guess. And there's a PCSX2 that's around since 2005 .

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I think a lot of you are thinking "upscaling" is a miracle process lol. No those old pixelated games will still be old pixelated games just in 1080p. A bad looking game still looks bad at 1080p/60fps and an old game still looks old at 1080p/60fps as well. I know this from experience. And Sony has already said they are not looking at PS4 reading PS2 discs, it cannot read the discs and they dont want to try and make it happen as thats less $$$$ for them. Also the PS2 was the most successful console ever, we've all played the thing for thousands of hours. Dont think i'll be paying to play 10+ year old games. 360 titles are one thing but playing games from a console that launched near 16 years ago and paying $$$ for those old aged games on top of a PS+ sub????? mmm nah no thanks. I applaud Sony on the attempt to do something like BC but they simply just veiled it and found a way to monetize it and have naive Sony fans pay for really old games. Playing "classic" games seems fun until you do it, believe me after you buy the game and start playing it the novelty wears off fast.

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@franken_steinIf you don't want to play old classic ps2 games, fine, but please don't presume to speak for all of the other PS4 users.

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@franken_stein: dude shut up . they said they are working on a chip so it would use ps2 discs of course get over yourself.

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@franken_stein: funny how you defend the 360 games , clearly shows an unbiased comment and if you worry about graphics that much why even bother playing old games at all? , people play old games for the gameplay not graphics , ever heard of that?,

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@franken_stein: you negative bastard

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I guess this is cool if you can stand the horrible graphics and frame rate... but for me this is pretty much useless

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@yvito125: cool

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@yvito125: I don't have a ps4 but will probably buy one now because of this. There's video on the web where it shows the upconverted graphics and running at 60 fps compared to the original 30fps on ps2.

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@gamemaven: and? you think that 60 fps will make it look better? sorry but not, it will look worse than original.

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@wexorian: Most of those old games are still way more fun than most of these newer titles. If you play for graphics then just get a PC and be done with it.

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@imajinn: did i said that playng old games is bad? or did i said that graphics are MAIN in gaming? i said that 60 fps PS2 graphics will look worse coz they are not ment for 60FPS that's it. stop looking negatives in everything.

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thats cool, but i traded all my ps2 games in like a decade ago

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@cjlogix87: That doesn't matter, because this news is overrated. You can't use the disc with the emulator so you HAVE to buy the digital version.

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I'd love to play Silent Hill 2,3 upscaled on my PS4. Not that shitty HD remaster that was on PS3.

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PLEASE make CALL OF DUTY 2 BIG RED ONE work on it.....

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I want to play Arc The Lad : twilight of the spirits again *_* that and dark cloud :o FF12 would be nice too ^_^

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Yay, Capcom vs SNK. Though, I don't have a PS4 and this is not appealing enough for me to not go PC this console generation.

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It's an improvement, but if they want me to buy a PS4, they'll still have to drop the PS+ requirement for online multiplayer for retail PS4 games.

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@Jinzo_111887: Sarcasm? That's never going to happen.

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Sooo, does this mean I get to play Monster Rancher on my PS4???? That's really all I've wanted from the old playstations. Why isn't there a new Monster Rancher game???

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@ebonguard: this! Why that game died ill never know. It was awesome.

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Unless it's native disc based backwards compatibility, they can shove it up their asses.

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@BradBurns: Or they can make it work the same way 360 works on one, you put the disc in, and it'll download the emulated ps2 version.

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@DeathCrusher91: That would be nice too.

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@BradBurns: Yup, totally agree. The ps3 had this so I'm hoping they do the same here.

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Please don't get hopes up for disc-based BC. I can almost guarantee it won't happen. I would LOVE to play Timesplitters:FP in HD but I have very little hope that it will happen.

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@superklyph: I wouldn't de so sure of that, especially after reading the Digital Foundry article. I think disc support will happen.

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@halvedlife: Digital Foundry did an article like that for PS2 emulation on PS3 when they released the first batch of "PS2 Classics" for PS3 digitally. I'm going to upgrade what I said earlier after reading the new Digital Foundry article. According to them, trophy support is being added. That being the case, I 100% guarantee disc-based emulation won't happen. Thanks for pointing me to that article.

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bet ya it will. ; )

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