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Rumor: PS4 Will Support Classic PS1/PS2 Titles Via Emulation

Some gamers really want full backwards compatibility. You won't get 100% b/c with the PlayStation 4 but you know, you might get closer than you think...

According to a recent Digital Foundry report, the PS4 will eventually support PS1 and PS2 software via emulation. The report clarified that the upcoming cloud functionality is only designed with PS3 titles in mind.

The anonymous source in question - who is working on Sony's PlayStation Now streaming tech - says the PS4 will utilize an internal emulator to handle older games. For the record, the PS3's internal emulator already exists, and it's included in the Vita as well. But this new form of emulation in the PS4 will offer a high-definition option for those classic titles. Furthermore, running older games locally on your PS4 would eliminate any potential downfalls of streaming, such as lag.

PlayStation Now is expected to be ready in the US this summer. As for this reported emulation, the source didn't give an estimated arrival date. Let's hope it's soon...when and if it shows up, the PS4 might be the only console you need in the living room!

Tags: ps4, playstation 4, ps4 emulation, ps4 backwards compatibility

1/28/2014 9:37:41 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (24 posts)

MRSUCCESS
Tuesday, January 28, 2014 @ 10:01:04 PM
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I would love some Final Fantasy 8 on my Google Nexus 10 tablet!!

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BTNwarrior
Tuesday, January 28, 2014 @ 10:11:35 PM
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I really hope this comes to be, my roommate and I love to play oldschool hack and slash ps2 games all the time such as gauntlet dark legacy, baldurs gate dark alliance 1 & 2, and Champions of Norrath. However I am always afraid that my launch ps3 will finally bite the dust, and seeing how none of these games have made it to the psn store I am afraid I will loose the ability to play them. But if this comes to be than I not only don't have to worry, but I can also get to play those comfy dualshock 4's

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ethird1
Tuesday, January 28, 2014 @ 10:18:09 PM
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They could have EASILY let ps1 and ps2 games play on the ps4 from the PSN. But they want us, who bought tons of old ps1 games, ps2 games, and ps3 games, to REBUY THEM AGAIN and came up with this BULLSHYT idea that we have to because its to hard to PROGRAM The ps4 so such nonsense. THEY DID NOT WANT US TO PORT ALL WE HAD OVER FROM THE PS3 TO THE PS4!

Now we have to pay for STREAMING SERVICES? We also have to BE ONLINE TO PLAY?

Fuk Sony on this. Screw those greedy bastards all to hell.

End of line.

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ethird1
Tuesday, January 28, 2014 @ 10:24:09 PM

In other words, I don't want to have to buy all my games over again. I know, waaaah. I should probably just rebuy every game from the old days, including the old systems to play them.

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Breadlover
Tuesday, January 28, 2014 @ 11:11:37 PM

If you have PS2 or PS3 games, wouldn't that mean you also have the console to play them on? >_>

Why would you contemplate on re-buying them for the PS4 if you can actually can play them right now?

Unless of course, your PS2 or PS3 just broke, and you only have a PS4.

But then again, when your PS4 also breaks, you'd most likely just consider buying the now cheap-ass PS2 or PS3 to play previous-generation titles.

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FatherSun
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 @ 12:07:47 AM

It seems you wish to have perpetual access to your licensed media on any and all consoles that Sony manufactures for all time.

Who wouldn't! But is this a realistic expectation?

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WorldEndsWithMe
Tuesday, January 28, 2014 @ 10:48:29 PM
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Hope it's true, who has room to be plugging the damned PS2 in as well as the PS3 and PS4?

I've still got PS2 games I haven't played!

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telly
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 @ 10:40:42 AM

I finally had to pack up the PS2 a few weeks ago -- there was simply no room in the entertainment center anymore and the wires for everything had become an unbearable mess. I already kind of miss it, even though it's just in the closet around the corner. I would love, love, LOVE to be able to play my PS2 and PS1 games on PS4.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 @ 12:28:55 PM

yeah I put mine in a cabinet, but I dunno how long it'll stay there.

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FatherSun
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 @ 12:03:36 AM
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While this may be possible and beneficial to PS4 owners I don't think Sony would or should limit the PlayStation Now library by not also streaming PS1 and PS2 games. That would make no business sense whatsoever. PSNow is supposed to open up Sonys entire library to multiple devices. The more access the merrier. Guess we will find out soon enough.

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telly
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 @ 10:50:16 AM

I suspect they're going to offer both -- PlayStation Now is a service that might appeal to some, while others will want to play their own legacy titles (and download others.) Why not give consumers the options they want? As long as they're buying from you it's a win-win :)

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Draguss
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 @ 12:27:41 AM
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This is pretty much exactly what I was hoping for. It's a little unreasonable to demand bc from a console that's built completely different from the previous one, but there's no reason something as powerful as the PS4 wouldn't be able to handle emulators for the gens before that.

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___________
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 @ 2:44:58 AM

not quite, even high end PCs struggle to run ps2 games effectively!

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 @ 9:33:55 AM

But PS3 ran most PS2 games just fine with software emulators.

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___________
Thursday, January 30, 2014 @ 10:02:12 AM

no, it didnt.
even the 60GB ps3s which had partial hardware and partial software emulation ran really poorly.
exactly why i got rid of my 60GB, every ps2 game i played ran really poorly with low frame rates and constant freezing.
its still incredibly difficult to find a half decent ps2 emulator!

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xnonsuchx
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 @ 2:03:38 AM
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PS(1) maybe, but I kinda doubt PS2 since total software emulation of that system is pretty mediocre.

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___________
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 @ 2:43:35 AM
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playstation now is not only designed for ps3 games, how many times have they said there bringing first ps3 games than they will offer other legacy titles later on.
there is no freaking way in hell $ony is going to let you play your ps1 or ps2 games on the ps4, no freaking way!
they would loose too much money, i mean why let people play the game they have when you can force them to pay for the digital version?

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slow and smart
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 @ 3:55:13 AM
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IF this would happen,I guess that the ps1 and ps2[yeah] games will be digitall only,but if i can download them and own them i say YES!
If they can pul this of it would be great and the ps4 will even sell more,it would give them again a real big boost


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Vivi_Gamer
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 @ 5:35:08 AM
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So is this to run actual PS1 & PS2 discs? If so I would buy a PS4 straight away! I cannot express the nightmare I have had over trying to get a PAL PS2 to work on a HDTV. I've tried everything from cheat discs to hacking my memory card but there is just no way to make it look like it did via PS3 emulation. I've even recently considered buying a Sony Bravia TV which has a built in PS2 inside it.

So if the PS4 can just make the games look as decent as they should do on a TV I would be overjoyed. I am very happy to play my PS1 games on my PS3 and was happy with the PS2 games until my backwards compatible PS3 died. Seriosly, I have had a PS2 slim for over a year now and not played a single game properly on it - it really that bad...

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Kiryu
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 @ 9:47:01 AM
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They need to improve their library , did you know there were 2000 Japanese games made for the PS2

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Crabba
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 @ 2:59:38 PM
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Question is will it be proper emulation so that you can pop in your old PS2 discs and play, or that re-buy-everything-you-already-own-digital-crap?

If it's the former, and done well that would actually add an incentive for me to buy the PS4...

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Nas Is Like
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 @ 3:03:51 PM
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I will be very upset if this isn't true.

plz b tru

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Lunar_Miyuki
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 @ 4:38:11 PM
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what this article is saying is Sony is trying to work on Software that allows Disc compatibility for PS2 and PS1 games on the PS4

basically Sony is working on a PS2 emulator for PS4 that reads discs which they'll likely put in through a Firmware update If they can finish it

and PS Now is a different service

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SASSYGIRL82
Tuesday, February 04, 2014 @ 8:23:24 PM
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Lol a highend store bought pc is garbage compared 2 what my bro puts 2gether out indivdual pieces

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