Sony Enabled PS2 Emulator on PS4 Without Telling Anyone

Thursday, November 19th, 2015

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Everyone has been raving about Xbox One’s backwards compatibility, but Sony might have decided to roll out some kind of PlayStation 2 emulation on PlayStation 4 without telling anyone. It was hinted to developers back in January 2014 that there existed an emulator, but nothing was leaked after this news other than some ratings that showed up on PEGI during the PS4 3.0 firmware beta phase.


So here it is, Sony has rolled out PlayStation 2 emulation with no press or build up and it comes with some so-so titles to start with. The PlayStation 4 Star Wars bundle has come with four classic titles for the franchise: Super Star Wars, Star Wars: Jedi Starfighter, Star Wars: Racer Revenge and Star Wars: Bounty Hunter. They came on one PSN code and yes, three of these titles are PlayStation 2 games and once Digital Foundry loaded them up they found that they were running on emulation.

Techradar reached out to Sony to get a comment on what could be a huge step for company. Sony replied:

“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.”

Now all we can do is wait and see where this goes. Are you excited for PlayStation 2 games on PlayStation 4? Let us remember, most of the PlayStation 3 models were not able to play PlayStation 2 games so this could be really good news for every Sony fan.

  • icyevilchief

    I’m hoping that physical discs will be usable but i’m doubting it. here’s hoping that they at least port over the library that’s already on PS3

    • Gregnetic Swindler

      I agree, I have at least 5 ps2 games I don’t want to get rid of and I don’t want to buy a ps2. It would be awesome to utilize these discs someday.

    • David S

      Yes, I would very much love disc support for PS2 games, not just streaming emulation.

    • azariosays

      i feel like they have playstation now for that service, but we’ll see! i can’t wait to see what games they’ll port over cause ps2 has a great library.

    • David S

      yeah, but PS now is more of a rental service. I’d rather use that for games I’ve never played (including many PS2 titles I missed out on), but not to play the games I already have physical copies of.
      My first PS3 had hardware emulation of PS2 games, and I loved that feature. The it broke, and my second did not.

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  • TrueWiiMaster

    That’s just irritating. They could, and should, have released PS2 emulation on the PS3 years ago, but chose not to. I’d love to play my old PS2 games, especially the ones that never saw remakes or PSN releases, but I have no interest in buying the PS4. More importantly, I shouldn’t have to to get this feature, since it could easily work on the PS3.

    • David S

      The first production runs of the ps3 had hardware emulation for PS2, the second (or third) had software emulation. Later productions had the feature cut to reduce costs. (this is from memory, so I may be off on the details)

    • TrueWiiMaster

      The American and Japanese models launched with PS2 hardware inside, and the European model launched with a PS2 emulator. I don’t know if the emulator was ever in PS3’s outside of Europe.

      I understand why they cut the PS2 hardware out of the PS3. What I don’t understand is why they also cut the emulator, which would not have added any cost after it was made. Since it’s software instead of hardware, they could have kept it, or added it back at anytime. Or maybe it’s already there, but locked? You can download and play some PS2 games from PSN, after all.