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PS4: PSone & PS2 emulation has mixed results, disc-based backwards compatibility possible – rumour

Thursday, 27 March 2014 10:52 GMT By Dave Cook

PlayStation 4 looks like it could be getting a PSone and PS2 support announcement this year, but an industry insider has claimed that Sony’s tech is currently coming back with mixed results. Disc-based backwards compatibility could also come to the console.

It follows claims made by reputable industry tipster Ahsan “Thuway” Rasheed, who said that PS4 will soon support some PSone and PS2 classic titles at native 1080p. However, he now claims that the high-end rendering only works with some titles, while others are coming back choppy and unimpressive.

He elaborated on the matter in this string of tweets:

We’ve asked Sony for comment.

Via DualShockers.

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22 Comments

  1. DuckNation

    this is good news Sony just needs to take its time and not rush this

    #1 1 year ago
  2. CycloneFox

    I would love to play my old PS1 and PS2 games on PS4, especially if some of them even looked better then.

    I suppose a lot of people, who already own PS1 and PS2 games (physically and digitally on their SEN account) might consider picking up a PS4 to play their old games, with some of them even looking better now, plus some new tripple A games like inFamous. It would give the console such a great value at once.

    The best thing would be, if the PS4 had the emulator of the PSP/3/Vita, which can already play digital or disc-based PS One games, plus a white-list of PS2 games and HD-enabled PS1/2 games, which are already tested and playable, which gets updates periodically.

    #2 1 year ago
  3. Gekidami

    I think theres been a bit of a misunderstanding here; the guy in no way says disc-based emulation is possible, he says he doesnt know anything about it but that something might come about if people ask enough. The thing is i dont even think disc-based emulation is even possible because the PS4′s disc drive wasnt made to run those games. In fact the PS4 cant read CD’s which is what PSX games are on, so thats that.

    The disc-based part is just this guys opinion. If it isnt, and he’s really trying to claim its something Sony are working on, then i’d assume the whole thing is bogus.

    #3 1 year ago
  4. Arnvidr

    I am sure the PS4 will acquire CD playing capabilities soon enough, and I assume it already has DVD capabilities. That means it has the lasers necessary to read PS1/2 discs, and so the hardware does not stop them.

    #4 1 year ago
  5. Panthro

    @Arnvidr

    If the disc drive isn’t made with the laser to read CD’s its like me expecting my DVD writer to one day update to play red Blu-Rays.

    #5 1 year ago
  6. fihar

    After experimenting with DQVIII on an emulator, I sure would love the opportunity to see this happening for real.

    #6 1 year ago
  7. Panthro

    Take away 1080p and everybody acts like they don’t care and resolution doesn’t matter…

    Supply 1080p and everybody’s erections hit the ceiling…

    #7 1 year ago
  8. Michael Ireland

    @Panthro I think this is great with or without it.

    I still have my PS2 under my TV and boot it up regularly, but if I can get the same experience on existing hardware I’m all over that. I sure as heck wouldn’t complain about something like DQVIII in HD. It’s a nice bonus, but that’s all it is. A bonus.

    There’s a big difference between making old games with a THIRD of the resolution work on modern TVs so they’re not a blurry mess, and comparing 780px to 900px or whatever the current numbers are.

    Most people’s issue with graphical snobbery is solely down to how small the differences usually are. It’s called being pedantic.

    #8 1 year ago
  9. CycloneFox

    @Gekidami & Panthro: Of course, technically the PS4s Bluray drive is backwards compatible to CDs (Mark Cerny, PS4-Lead-Architect, March 2013).

    The issue of the PS4 no being able to play CDs is no hardware problem, but soly software and might (I think Sony already said that it will) be changed during a future OS update. The reason is, that there is no music player application on the PS4, other than Music unlimited, yet.
    Sony already said, that a music player will come in the future and I assume, that this player application should be able to play audio from CDs.

    So, if the emulator will support playing games from disc, like the PS3 emulator does, everything will be well.

    #9 1 year ago
  10. CycloneFox

    Of course, I would love to be able to play PS1 and PS2 games from disc. But what bugs me even more, is the question if the sharing features will be available in this emulator. It would be great, to be able to play old JRPGs with your friends in a voice party session, while one is broadcasting the gameplay or even swap the controls or set the second controller to another player who is streaming, if that controller-feature ever gets added…

    #10 1 year ago
  11. SteOne3

    I decided to go with the xbox one and have been tempted to make the switch to Ps4 ever since. If this turns out to be true then I’d ditch the xbox one in a heart beat. I still have all my ps1, ps2 and ps3 games I’ve purchased over the years and love to replay them on the ps4. Please please make this happen Sony!

    #11 1 year ago
  12. ManuOtaku

    If it is disc based it will be great, digitally not so much, good but not great, i could finally play dark cloud 2 and viewtiful joe on hd.

    #12 1 year ago
  13. ManuOtaku

    And god hand as well, sorry i could had edited, but i go with anothet comment

    #13 1 year ago
  14. fearmonkey

    If I could play one of the Baldur’s gate:Dark Alliance games on PS4 id be a happy man :)

    #14 1 year ago
  15. Dragon

    Oh, the holy grail of BC, disk based compatibility.
    Here is a question, how many people outside the most hardcore ones retain their PS2 collection? And here is another one, how does Sony benefit from offering that?

    #15 1 year ago
  16. Panthro

    @Dragon

    You speak truth.

    #16 1 year ago
  17. ManuOtaku

    @Dragon happy and gratefull consumers

    #17 1 year ago
  18. ManuOtaku

    @Dragon and i do still own my ps2,xbox,cube,dreamcast,genesis,supernintendo and 64 collections, i think there is an important number of gamers that does as well imo

    #18 1 year ago
  19. CrimsonFang

    I would definitely pay good money for a good disc based emulator for PS1 and PS2 games for the PS4.

    #19 1 year ago
  20. Kyl Every1

    @Gekidami I can confirm that playing disc-based games via emulation is TOTALLY POSSIBLE. I already do this on my PC via PCSX2. That said, I highly doubt Sony lets us do it… why would they when they can just resell the .iso through PSN? Emulation is a little iffy anyways and not all titles are going to work, I imagine they will start with a staggered roll out with games that are “offically supported”, similar to PS1/PSP classic being rolled out on Vita.

    #20 1 year ago
  21. Kyl Every1

    @Panthro Thats not true actually, PS1 games are on basic CDS and PS2 games are DVDs… Its the software thats the problem. Emulations is finicky and theres no one size fits all solution so some games may work and others may not. Disc based emulation is absolutely possible, i already do it on PC but like i told another commentor, I highly doubt Sony wil do that.

    #21 1 year ago
  22. scarfaceguns

    @Gekidami have you ever looked into the specs of the ps4 blue-ray drive? it can play dvd’s afterall and a simple firmware flash for the blue-ray drive and it “could” have CD playback support if it has the required hardware.

    #22 11 months ago

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    Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture is just a “couple of weeks out from beta,” according to development studio The Chinese Room, and a release date will be announced “shortly.” To give you an idea of how development has been coming along since it was announced at gamescom 2013, the team has released a new trailer […]

  • GTA 5 on PC looks incredible, but I can’t recommend it to console players

    As much as Matt Martin loves GTA 5, he can’t recommend upgrading from console to PC just for a slick editing suite and even prettier graphics. “This is the third time in as many years that I’ve bought GTA 5.” I have a Grand Theft Auto 5 obsession, as I’m sure you know if you’ve […]

  • The Forest engine updated to Unity 5, major graphical and gameplay improvements made

    The Forest’s latest patch added substantial improvements to the game. The Forest version 0.16 is now live on Steam with plenty of new additions. The game has been ported over to Unity engine version 5. The plant and skin shaders have been replaced or rewritten. Many other visual tweaks have been made, such as model […]

  • Star Wars: Battlefront banner leaks from Star Wars Convention

    EA has been setting up the Battlefront booth at Star Wars Celebration, and one leaked picture shows what could be the game’s main art. Someone on Reddit posted a picture of the game banner at EA’s booth. Here it is: Lots of things happening here. There’s a Star Destroyer in the distance, TIE Fighters and […]

  • Get GTA 5 working with Oculus Rift using this tool

    There’s a way you can play GTA 5 in VR if you own an Oculus Rift Dev Kit and have a bit of cash to spare. VorpX, the go-to program for adding VR support to games has received an update recently to support GTA 5. This is far from perfect, as it only translates the […]

  • FIFA Ultimate Team: week of April 15 team revealed

    This week’s Team of the Week is now available for anyone to challenge in FIFA Ultimate Team. The team members get selected each week based on their performance during the weekend matches. You can fire up FIFA Ultimate Team on any platform and challenge this squad. You’ll also find some Team of the Week items […]

  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will let you stealth all encounters, including bosses

    Deus Ex: Mankind Divided will bring back one of the original game’s major features. Deus Ex: Human Revolution is considered by many to be a great game and worthy of bearing the franchise name. One of its grating issues though was its boss fights. You only had one way to fight them: be confrontational. The […]

  • Project Cars PC specs and supported wheels announced

    The release date of Project Cars is inching ever closer and more details have been revealed to answer all your burning questions. Project Cars developer Slightly Mad Studios has revealed the full list of supported steering wheels on all platforms, as well as the minimum and recommended PC specs. Minimum specs CPU – 2.66 GHz […]

  • GTA 5 gets custom FOV mod on PC

    Those not satisfied with GTA 5′s built-in field of view slider can use a new mod to push the number even further. The PC versions of GTA 5 – just like its PS4 and Xbox One counterparts – lets you switch between third and first-person view in shooting and driving. The game has an FOV […]

  • Win! GTA 5 on PC!

    Want to win a Steam key for Grand Theft Auto 5 on PC? Just enter here. GTA 5 released on PC this week and is going down a storm. We like it a lot, which is why we’re giving away a Steam code for Rockstar’s latest. All you need to do is enter your email […]

  • GTA 5 topples Skyrim’s record for highest concurrent players on Steam

    Not factoring in Valve games, GTA 5 is the new king of concurrent player numbers on Steam. GTA 5 is very popular on PC, even more popular than games like Skyrim in its heyday. The number of concurrent players for GTA 5 has peaked today at 301,246. This makes it the only non-Valve game to […]

  • Mortal Kombat X: what does a modern fighting game look like?

    Mortal Kombat continues to evolve as NetherRealm adds RPG systems and daily challenges to a solid fighting game, says Sherif Saed. “Mortal Kombat X takes many cues from games like Destiny, Call of Duty, and GTA Online with hourly, daily and weekly events.” For as many of its familiar facets, Mortal Kombat X has enough […]

  • J-Stars Victory VS+ coming west in June – new trailer

    J-Stars Victory VS+ will make the jump (see what I did there) to the west after all. J-Stars Victory VS+ is the western title for the fighting game which stars characters from a variety of Shonen Jump-published manga. Bandai Namco has announced the fighter will release in Europe on June 26 and in the Americas […]

  • Codemasters F1 license good through 2016

    Codemasters has at least one more F1 game in it. F1 2015 isn’t out yet, so Codemasters is naturally not talking about what it might get up to in the future. We do know what it can get up to, though; Codemasters’ Steven Embling told Videogamer has the option to continue the series. “We have […]

  • Project Cars has pretty deep graphics options on consoles

    Project Cars offers players a wide variety of ways to customise their graphic settings on PS4 and Xbox One. Project Cars is a graphics showcase and all early indications suggest it’s going to be one of the best-looking games out there. Slightly Mad’s commitment to graphics seems to go deeper than making things pretty, though: […]

  • Super Smash Bros. patch nerfs Diddy Kong – report

    Super Smash Bros. 3DS and Wii U is great but Diddy Kong is a beast and must be stopped. The latest Super Smash Bros. 3Ds and Wii U patch seems to have nerfed Diddy Kong, a character so over-powered that serious tournament players generate controversy by choosing to use him. Nintendo doesn’t publish patch notes, […]

  • Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel developer shuttered

    Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel developer 2K Australia has been closed down. Kotaku broke the news, and also had word from an anonymous source, who said that all staff have been let go. 2K responded to our request for comment with the following statement: We can confirm we have taken steps to begin the studio closure process […]

  • Samorost 3 trailer shows Amanita still in fine form

    Samorost 3 looks as delicately beautiful as its siblings. Samarost 3 developer Amanita Design has a reputation for gorgeous, slightly surreal world building. This new trailer for its latest adventure looks just as if not more lovely than the previous Samarost games and Botanicula. Samarost 3 is coming to Mac and PC later this year, […]

  • Amnesia dev’s new project SOMA now in beta

    SOMA is nearly here and I am torn between excitement and horrified dread. SOMA is the latest horror project from Frictional, the team behind Amnesia: The Dark Descent. We’re pretty excited to see what Frictional comes up with next, and we won’t have too long to wait, apparently; the developer has announced that SOMA is […]

  • Steam Guard mobile authenticator now in beta testing

    Steam is now testing its latest security measure. Steam helps you protect your account by offering two-factor authentication, a solution so beautifully elegant and effective that it’s astounding every gaming network doesn’t do the same (looking at you, Sony). Valve’s version is called Steam Guard, and it works via email. This isn’t always super convenient, […]

  • Godzilla battles Mothra in new trailer

    Godzilla lets you stomp around cities and battle classic kaiju. I’m in. Godzilla is coming to PlayStation 3 and PS4 in early July, but we haven’t seen a great deal of it since its December reveal. The new trailer below gives you an idea of just what Natsume has done with one of the biggest […]

  • Tales of Zestiria to launch this year – new trailer

    Tales of Zestiria continues Bandai Namco’s delightful new habit of bringing the popular JRPG series to the west before the shine wears off. Tales of Zestiria is coming west in northern autumn, the publisher has announced. That’s not a bad turnaround, given it first hit Japan in January, and localisation of text-heavy titles is expensive […]

  • Project Cars release date locked down, new trailer released

    Project Cars finally has a release date. Project Cars will release on May 8, Bandai Namco UK has announced. We haven’t yet had an update from Namco Bandai’s other regional offices, but its probably safe to bet the racer will release around the same time in the Americas, Europe and ANZ region. We can now […]

  • Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains trailer shows combat, online multiplayer

    Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains has plenty to offer fans of the anime. Previously known as Attack on Titan: The Last Wings of Mankind, the Spike Chunsoft action game is coming west thanks to Atlus. Gematsu reports it’s due in both Europe and North America in May, via the 3DS eShop. The trailer below […]

  • Bloodborne stamina recovery rate affected by equip weight

    Bloodborne players have unearthed an important gameplay detail not mentioned in the game’s menus or manual. In Bloodborne, players need to manage their stamina carefully for best results. A far more aggressively-tuned affair than past Souls games, Bloodborne does away with equip weight limits, and items have no listed weight details. As far as players […]

  • Street Fighter’s Ryu, Fire Emblem’s Roy spotted in Super Smash Bros. patch – rumour

    Street Fighter’s Ryu is rumoured for future Super Smash bros DLC following datamining of the latest patch. Super Smash Bros. 3DS and Wii U were updated recently, and hacker shinyquagsire23 claims to have found some interesting files while poking around in the 3DS patch data. As detailed on Reddit, the audio files included a new […]

  • Suikoden 3 PEGI rating suggests PS2 Classic re-release

    Suikoden. Suikoden 2. And now: Suikoden 3. Suikoden 3 has been rated by PEGI for PlayStation 3, presumably ahead of an upcoming re-release. Gematsu turned up the rating, and although we have no further information at this time, it’s not much a leap to assume the RPG will turn up as a PS2 Classic on […]