Rumour Hints At PS2 And PS1 Emulation On PS4
We all thought that PS3 streaming was the only type of backwards compatibility heading to the PS4. However things could be changing in the near future. A well-placed source, working with Sony’s new streaming service PlayStation Now, informed Eurogamer that streaming is only part of the strategy. Currently, the streaming of PlayStation 3 titles is being planned for the PS4. Eurogamer’s source hints at the possibility of PS1 and PS2 games running locally on the PS4 through emulation software.
What comes to mind is the PCSX2 and ePSXe emulators available for PC and various mobile platforms. What this means is the PS4 could be capable of playing your PS1 and PS2 games straight from the disc, allowing the upscaling of the resolution to 1080p or 720p, with HD enhancements. If Sony took such an action, it would open up their back-catalogue even further, allowing perhaps PSP and Vita titles to be played on the console. It is already well established that the PS3 firmware is capable of playing PS1 and PS2 games, the PSP can do the same as well. The Vita can run PS1 and PSP games with no hassles at all. There is proven software emulation from Sony, it just needs to be correctly implemented on the PS4.
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Information from Eurogamer’s source suggests that Sony is pursuing an internal emulator strategy with the hopes of upscaling classic games to native HD resolutions, without the consequences of blur. Results could vary from the excellent emulation found PC to the quality of PS3 HD remasters. We could see higher resolutions and sharpened textures, but this all depends on Sony’s strategy.
In a third world context, like South Africa, local emulation as opposed to streaming could prove far more beneficial and superior to the experience offered by PlayStation Now. For countries with bandwidth limitations such emulation could prove to be far more valuable and welcomed by seasoned gamers. All we can do is hope that Sony follows through.