Almost two years ago, Eurogamer.net had reported the possibility of Sony developing a Playstation 2 emulator for Playstation 4. We finally know the truth to that. Recently, Sony has released a retail Star Wars: Battlefront bundle of PS4, that includes Star Wars: Racer Revenge, Star Wars: Jedi Starfighter, and Star Wars: Bounty Hunter, all three of which are PS2 games. Once again, it was Eurogamer.net, who reported that these games were not remastered, but were running on an emulation software. They have the same control scheme as PS2 and even has the PS2 logo.
When Wired approached Sony with this question, they replied by email that Sony is indeed working on an emulation project. Their exact words were:
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.
As the details are still not clear, we are not sure whether you will be able to download PS2 games directly or use the game discs to unlock or install them. But the question that remains is this- why has Sony remained so silent regarding such a big news?
We should remember that PS4 was the only console to be released without a backward compatibility. A successful emulation feature would be a good response to Xbox One’s backward compatibility, it would increase the sales of PS2 classics, and would increase the number of games in one’s PS4 library by quite a lot. Does Sony have a clever plan for keeping it secret, or is it something else?