The PlayStation 4 is already using PlayStation 2 emulation

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Backwards compatibility is something we’ve always enjoyed seeing with newer consoles, but the PlayStation 4 seemed to remove all trace of that including being able to play PlayStation 1 or PlayStation 2 games. Well it looks like all that is about to change as Sony is planning to let owners be able to enjoy games from the PlayStation 2 in the near future.

“We are working on utilizing PS2 emulation technology to bring PS2 games forward to the current generation,” a Sony representative informed Wired via email. “We have nothing further to comment at this point in time.

Of course the emulation is actually already there. If you purchased the Star Wars PlayStation 4 bundle earlier this week, you received a redeemable code that gave four Star Wars games, Super Star Wars which originally released on the Super Nintendo and three titles that were released for the PlayStation 2 (those titles being Star Wars: Jedi Starfighter, Star Wars: Racer Revenge and Star Wars: Bounty Hunter).

All three of those titles are actually running on the PS2 emulation and feature upscaled graphics and trophy support. It’s surprising that Sony kept this so low key, seeing as this opens up a whole new library for PS4 owners and gives people who enjoyed so many of the PlayStation 2 library something to look forward to.

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Growing up Chris watched a lot of the original Saturday morning cartoons and developed a love for arts and animation. Growing up he tried his hand at animation and eventually script writing, but even more his love of video games, anime and technology grew.

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