Not to be outdone by Xbox One’s new backwards compatibility, Sony has revealed via a statement issued to Wired that they are working on a PS2 emulator for PlayStation 4, which would allow PS4 owners to play their favourite PS2 titles.
“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 a PS2 emulator was in the works for PS and that it 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 in emulators like PCSX2.
The PS2 emulator has recently been the subject of technical tests, it would appear. On November 19th, alongside the release of Star Wars Battlefront, EA and DICE also released Star Wars: Racer Revenge, Star Wars: Jedi Starfighter, and Star Wars: Bounty Hunter. To call these classic PS2 titles would be generous, but they were all games for PS2. Could it be that the re-release of these forgotten Star Wars PS2 titles is the first round of working out technical kinks of Sony’s official PS2 emulator?
On October 26, Sony sent out a survey asking PS4 owners what they thought were the most important features that should be added to the console. Among the options was “PS1 classics” and “PS2 classics” support. Sony was no doubt gauging the demand for more re-releases. Thankfully, you all made it clear to them that we don’t want to wait around for HD remasters of our favourite PS2 games. We’d be fine with a PS2 emulator implemented into our PS4.
There is no indication that the PS2 emulator will be available any time soon, but we’ll keep you posted as this story develops.