To this day, my most memorable gaming experiences were made on a humble black box that turned 15 this year. I am, of course, talking about the revolutionary PlayStation 2. Boasting the most prolific games library of any home console (a whopping 1,850 titles), the PS2 ruled the video game roost for the best part of a decade.
Now, Sony is working to make this gem-filled software library playable on the PS4, allowing us all to relive those cherished childhood memories once more!
Wired recently confirmed that Sony has been trying to make this dream a reality for the last year, developing an emulator for this new console in order to revive their old one. A Sony representative said:
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.
Hopes arose that this was the case when players discovered that classic games Star Wars: Racer Revenge, Star Wars: Jedi Starfighter, and Star Wars: Bounty Hunter -- all included in a Battlefront bundle -- were not simply ports, but were running on proprietary emulation software.
What Does This Mean?
Well, in short this new technology will allow your old PS2 games to run on PS4, just like the Xbox One can now run selected Xbox 360 games. It is not yet clear whether you'll simply be able to pop in your dusty old discs and play, or whether (as is more likely) Sony will start selling PS2 games through their PSN store.
Due to modern consoles running at a much higher resolution, PS2 games will have to be upscaled on the PS4, which may make them look even better than you remember them. Eurogamer analyzed the aforementioned Star Wars games running on this new emulation technology and found the following:
Original PlayStation 2 titles ran at a range of pixel counts, but 512x448 and 640x448 were commonplace (God of War 2 even let you choose between the two). It's still early days in our analysis, but first impressions suggest that the emulator resolves a native resolution of 1292x896.
Two black lines are added top and bottom to the image, before receiving a final upscale up to full 1080p. In effect, we're looking at around 4x the pixel count - possibly higher, depending on the title. Texture filtering also looks improved, but on close inspection we think that the increased quality is probably down to the extra resolution alone.
I can't wait to revisit all of my favorite classics! Check out our 15 favorite PS2 games below for a taste of what's to come...
There's no time frame on when this new feature will be made available to consumers, but it can't come soon enough!