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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 11 months 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 11 months 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 11 months 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 11 months 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 11 months ago
  6. fihar

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

    #6 11 months 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 11 months 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 11 months 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 11 months 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 11 months 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 11 months 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 11 months ago
  13. ManuOtaku

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

    #13 11 months ago
  14. fearmonkey

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

    #14 11 months 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 11 months ago
  16. Panthro

    @Dragon

    You speak truth.

    #16 11 months ago
  17. ManuOtaku

    @Dragon happy and gratefull consumers

    #17 11 months 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 11 months ago
  19. CrimsonFang

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

    #19 11 months 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 11 months 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 11 months 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 9 months ago

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  • Fruit Ninja Kinect 2 is coming to Xbox One next month

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  • New GTA 5 PC screens – shit the bed!

    Rockstar has pumped out 15 new screens for the PC version of Grand Theft Auto 5. Don’t touch them, because they’re electric. And if you touch them, you’ll get shocked. The PC version of GTA 5 has been delayed until April 14, which both sucks and blows. BUT! There’s a new trailer coming between now […]

  • Sony Japan accidentally erases 20th Anniversary PS4 contest entries

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  • Hearthstone datamine suggests Blackrock Mountain expansion on the way

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  • Using Battlefield Hardline single-player gadgets increases your metagame rewards

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  • Mortal Kombat X video is all about story mode, new characters

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  • Destiny’s shotgun and pulse rifle buffs mean it’s time to rethink your load-out

    Destiny’s most-ignored weapons got major boosts this week. It’s time to start thinking about how to work them into your set-up. Even if you’re used to using scout rifles and sniper rifles as a general loud-out (neither class was touched by 1.1.1), the buffs to pulse rifles and shotguns should make you rethink your contextual […]

  • Battlefield Bad Company 2: five years later, what did it do so right?

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  • War is hell in this Zombie Army Trilogy gameplay trailer

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  • Titan Souls releases on PS4, Vita, PC on April 14

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  • Destiny weekly update: lowdown on Inferno Crucible, Vault Transfer improvements

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  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory Feb 27, 28

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  • Battlefield Hardline will be stable on PC at launch, Visceral assures

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  • Win Pneuma: Breath of Life for Xbox One

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  • Life is Strange Episode 2 delayed

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  • Mortal Kombat X: which character will be revealed tomorrow?

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  • Halo played by Twitch is an exercise in great patience

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  • Gold Amiibo sold out, selling at five times RRP on auction sites

    Gold Mario Amiibo are expected to sell for pretty astounding profits on eBay and other auction sites. The Walmart-exclusive Gold Mario Amiibo is already completely sold out. Plenty of people managed to snaffle them to resell, though. There are now dozens of listings on eBay and other auction sites. One of the average asking prices […]

  • Canadian new game prices jump to $75

    Canadian gamers are in for an unpleasant price hike. As spotted by HardcoreGamer, the local Canadian branches of Amazon and EB Games have raised the prices of upcoming games to CAD$75. The CAD$5 increasing comes within a year of prices hitting the CAD$70 point. CAD$75 (£38/€53) currently exchanges for $60, the standard US pricing. The […]

  • New Xenoblade Chronicles X footage shows weather, day-night cycle

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  • Dead Rising: Watchtower teaser talks up the benefits of Zombrex

    Live-action Dead Rising movie Watchtower is almost upon us. Dead Rising: Watchtower will release on Crackle on March 27, and via other digital distributors thereafter. Enjoy the short teaser below, courtesy of IGN.

  • We Happy Few debut hits you upside the face with a frying pan

    Contrast developer Compulsion Games has revealed its next project – the delightfully creepy-looking We Happy Few. We Happy Few is set in “a drug-fuelled, retrofuturistic city in an alternative 1960s England” where “a plucky bunch of moderately terrible people trying to escape from a lifetime of cheerful denial”. Players are tasked with blending in with […]

  • Slender: The Arrival creeping onto PS4, Xbox One in March

    Slender: The Arrival sold like hotcakes on PC and last-gen consoles, so why not terrify yourself on PS4 and Xbox One, too? Slender: The Arrival will release on PS4 on March 24 and on Xbox One on March 25, developer Blue Isle Studios has announced, for $10. No word on that Wii U version, though. […]

  • GOG weekend sale celebrates German debut

    DRM-free games vendor GOG is celebrating its German-language launch with a tasty sale. The sale offers discounts over 25 “German favourites”. Highlights inclue 97% off Deponia, and less steep but still tasty savings on Memoria and Blackguards 1 and 2. The sale will run through March 3, and you do not have to be, speak, […]

  • Humble Weekly Bundle goes back to Japan

    The latest Humble Weekly Bundle is called Made in Japan, and I’m sure you can guess the theme. Pay what you want for Cherry Tree High Complete Pack (PC; Steam or DRM free), Fairy Bloom Freesia (PC; Steam or DRM free) and Influent + Language Pack (Linux, Mac, PC; Steam or DRM free). Pay more […]

  • Capcom “looking into” solutions to Resident Evil: Revelations PC co-op issue

    Resident Evil: Revelations 2 fans should sit tight for a bit, as Capcom is working on some sort of solution to the co-op issue. Resident Evil: Revelations 2 doesn’t have local co-op on PC and fans are pretty mad about that, as it was advertised ahead of release as a key feature. Although Capcom has […]