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