We've been hearing about it for awhile now but the day has finalle come - now you can play really old games on your really new console!
More specifically, PlayStation 2 emulation has been opened up on the PS4, so you can now go back in time and use cutting edge hardware to push some really outdated sprites around the screen. The news is certainly welcome but its not as straightfoward as we might have hoped.
For one thing, owning the PS2 disks isn't going to help you as you won't be able to read them. That means having to buy the title all over again from Sony, even if you already paid them money for it a decade or more ago. That's pretty disappointing, especially given the fact that the Xbox One now reads Xbox 360 disks and also scans your digital purchases, something which also won't work with the PS2 emulation.
So you'll just have to suck it up and pay money for these games again, which might not be a problem if you're a really big fan. The other stumbling block is the pricing - while clearly it's not a simple step to get old games running on new hardware, it seems ridiculous to expect people to pay 15 quid for GTA III, a game that came out 2001 and pretty much eveyone already owns.
Here's the list of titles coming first to market.
- Dark Cloud — $14.99
- Grand Theft Auto III — $14.99
- Grand Theft Auto: Vice City — $14.99
- Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas — $14.99
- Rogue Galaxy — $14.99
- The Mark of Kri — $14.99
- Twisted Metal: Black — $9.99
- War of the Monsters — $9.99
It's also worth noting that it looks like these games are exclusive to the US for now, with no sign of them on the European PS store.