Shuhei Yoshida Defends PS2 Game Prices on PS4

Saturday, December 19th, 2015

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PlayStation president of Worldwide Studios Shuhei Yoshida has spoken about the prices of newly-released PS2 games on PS4. In the recent PlayStation Nation podcast Yoshida commented that the emulation of the games, which updates the available titles with 1080p resolution with 60 FPS, isn’t cheap. He also took into account quality testing, licensing, Trophies, and Share functionalities.  Yoshida said “it takes us time and cost. So we felt that we should charge.” Yoshida also said prices for current games may eventually go down.

Emulated PS2 games on PS4, which include Rogue Galaxy and Dark Cloud 2, currently range from $10-$15. These titles are separate from the PS2 Classics available on PS3.

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  • Mr0303

    I don’t think the prices are too bad. 10-15$ is about the price you’d expect from a physical copy of those games, so I think it is fair.

  • Nicholas Perry

    Therein lies the rub. They want to be compensated and make money on it. While the same could be said to be true of the PS1 emulator on PS3. But they let us use our own discs too.

    And yes, while the PS2 emulation probably isn’t good enough as a whole to let people use their own discs. (More than likely it needs to be customized with lots of per game hacks to get it up to snuff). Why not let people who own the games that are available use their own discs too?

    The games have the GameIDs embedded into the the disc contents. As I am also sure that’s how their emulator is set up too, identifying by GameID.
    They could read the ID off the disc and say; Hey this is game X. It’s available to play. Here you go.

    Of course there’s no money to be made in letting people use games they already own and letting them buy digital copies too…except the PS1 situation on PS3 proves otherwise.

  • OGRE

    Shuhei Yoshida needs to shut the fuck up, and get kicked in the throat with his lying ass!! I remember sony saying how near impossible it was to emulate ps2/ps3 games on the PS4, due to stark differences in hardware. Yet we see ps2 games playing fine, so what fuckin work did sony do that they need to charge these high ass prices for fuckin ps2 games?? Games that they expect consumers to buy for the THIRD time.