PlayStation 2 games should soon be available on PS4, following the announcement of official emulation software from Sony. Since the launch of the PS4, games from Sony’s most successful console haven’t been easily playable. But suspicion was raised when Star Wars: Battlefront shipped with PS2 games that appeared to be emulated. Hardware-wise, there should be no obvious problem with emulation, since mid-range PCs comparable to the PS4 are fairly capable of PS2 emulation, and Sony as developers of the hardware should be able to get it working better than most amateurs.
Speaking to Wired about the development, Sony 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.”
The history of PS2 playability on Sony home systems since 2006 has been a patchy one. The original PS3 was fully backwards compatible because it had the internal hardware of the PS2 built into it. After a poor launch the functionality was cut to save costs, limiting PS2 playability to a handful of specially updated downloadable games available through the PSN store. It’s unclear whether a similar scheme of purchasable download-only PS2 games will be available for PS4, or whether this announcement means an attempt at full backwards compatibility as the Xbox One is doing.