Once adamant that gamers don’t want backwards compatibility, Sony has decided to follow in Microsoft’s footsteps by making the PS4 compatible with old-school PS2 games via emulation.
Sony has on many occasions stated that the PS4 will never play PS3 games, but oddly enough, remained quiet on the possibility of PS2 and PS1 games making the leap. Now we know why
Suspicions about the PS2’s compatibility with the PS4 first arose when those who purchased Star Wars Battlefront for the PS4 received four classic Star Wars PS2 games for free.
Sony is using a proprietary emulator to make the compatibility possible, with a company representative telling the guys at Wired
“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.”
What everyone wants to know now is whether it will be a digital-only affair or if gamers will be able to put PS2 discs into the PS4 and have the emulator play it directly.
If the latter, Sony would circumvent the issue Microsoft has of having to get licenses for all the Xbox 360 games (there are many) compatible with the Xbox One.