Straight from the horse’s mouth comes a comment that will spell delight to PS4 owners. Sony has confirmed that it’s currently working on backwards compatibility for PS2 titles to work on its newest console.
Sony has probably got this word out with an aim of somewhat affecting the popularity of the recently updated Xbox One which has started running Xbox 360 titles. Both the PS4 as well as Microsoft’s latest console had surprisingly shipped without backwards compatibility at launch due to technical reasons.
But it seems the companies have found enough interest among owners to somehow develop a way to get past games working on these machines. In an email sent to Wired, Sony has said it is ‘working on utilizing PS2 emulation technology to bring PS2 games forward to the current generation.’
If you’re wondering about PS3 titles, you should know that you can already jump into most of them on your PS4 owing to the PlayStation Now streaming technology. But PS2 offerings are most likely to be brought onto the console via emulation.
A Digital Foundry report has found that a few old school Star Wars games that had shipped with some PS4 bundles are already using this emulation technology to work on the new machine. These include Star Wars: Racer Revenge, Star Wars: Jedi Starfighter and Star Wars: Bounty Hunter. Why Sony has still not advertised this achievement is still unknown.
Perhaps it is waiting for the right moment, when a handful of more PS2 games will be ready to be played on the PS4. Let us now wait and see when that happens. And yes, there is still no talk about the fate of PS1 titles.