Not to be upstaged by the competition, Sony has announced that they’re bringing PlayStation 2 emulation to the PlayStation 4. In an email sent to Wired, a Sony representative had the following curt response to questions about PS2 backwards compatibility:
“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.”
The conjecture regarding PS2 emulation was kicked off when Sony released the PS4 Star Wars bundle, which shipped with the recently released Battlefront as well as bonus legacy titles: Star Wars: Racer Revenge, Star Wars: Bounty Hunter, Star Wars: Jedi Starfighter, and Super Star Wars. Eurogamer’s Digital Foundry did some testing and found that the PS2 classics included in the bundle weren’t working off ported code, but rather PS2 emulation.
The big question is how this will all work out for PlayStation 4 owners? Will one be able to simply insert your PS2 game disc and start playing? Will one have to repurchase the games via the PlayStation Network? Will Sony repackage PlayStation 2 games but for the PlayStation 4 system? What with Microsoft currently enjoying some very positive press regarding the Xbox One’s recent backwards compatibility, I’m pretty sure we’ll have answers from Sony soon.