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Sony working on PS2 games emulation for PS4

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With the news that the Xbox One would be backwards compatible and play Xbox 360 games, many eyes turned to Sony to see whether or not the company would make a similar announcement for the PlayStation 4. While the company’s executives have continued to affirm there are no such plans to bring PlayStation 3 games to the PS4, the company is working on making even older games available to play on the company’s latest system.

“We are working on utilizing PS2 emulation technology to bring PS2 games forward to the current generation,” Sony Computer Entertainment of America said in a statement to EW, but the company has no other information or announcements to share at this time.

The news comes after Eurogamer confirmed that several PS2 Star Wars games included in the Star Wars Battlefront PlayStation 4 bundle are running as emulated games, rather than having been ported to the PlayStation 4 itself. Essentially, this means other PS2 titles could theoretically run on PS4 hardware, and Sony’s statement indicates the company is working on making that a reality for more than a handful of Star Wars titles. (The video below from Digital Foundry will run you through what’s exactly happening in regards to the games and the PS4.)

The PlayStation 3 offered a number of PS2 titles under the PlayStation 2 Classics banner for download, as well as original PlayStation games, that have not been available for the PS4 yet. A survey sent out by Sony earlier this year indicated the company’s interest in making PS1 and PS2 Classics available for the PS4.

Stay tuned for further information on whether or not more PS2 games will be made available for the PS4. The next likely place Sony would make an announcement regarding this feature or other major updates to the system would be at next month’s PlayStation Experience.

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