Sony Silently Pushes Out PS2 Emulation on PS4

Finally, classic PS2 games on your PS4

So this week Star Wars Battlefront is dropping on both the console and PC versions, and apparently the new title has a surprise embedded inside. See, the Special Edition of the game includes four downloadable titles which include Super Star Wars, Star Wars: Jedi Starfighter, Star Wars:Racer Revenge and Star Wars: Bounty Hunter. Three of those games are old PS2 titles, and when the team at Eurogamer booted those games up, Sony’s PS2 logo came up, obviously upscaled.

PS4 emulation

There was also a prompt to emulate a PS2 memory card to save your progress in the games, and a prompt at the start of the emulation told them that the select and start buttons could be accessed by pressing the left and right of the DualShock 4’s Trackpad.

Obviously there’s emulation going on – if these games were re-written for the PS4, there’d be no need for the prompts as the game would have complete access to the PS4’s hardware. This could be the start of backwards compatibility for PS2 games through emulation, and while Sony’s official stance is that they’re still working on it, the proof is in the pudding already.

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John Nieves

John is a veteran technology and gadget journalist with more than 10 years of experience both in print and online. When not writing about technology, he frequently gets lost in the boonies playing soldier.

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