PS4 backwards compatibility with PS2, PS1 surprise

We have a pleasant surprise for those that still wish for a definitive PS4 backwards compatibility feature. Exciting rumors are being spread, suggesting that the PS4 may be able to play PS2 and PS1 games in the future, without the need to use the recently announced PlayStation Now service.

This sounds like an absolute dream for PS4 users and it could mean that your old PS3, PS2 or PS1 discs could theoretically run on the PS4.

The rumor has some real strength behind it too, coming from Eurogamer who say that emulation may be coming but with some impressive enhancements compared to what was available on PS3.

Specifically, you may be able to play PS2 and PS1 games on PS4 with ‘HD visual enhancements’, or with a native HD resolution – imagine the prospect of that with all of your favorite old school titles – Crash Bandicoot HD anyone?

Sony has declined to comment as usual, but it does look really promising at this point. We also hear on Sony’s apparent attempts to eliminate the ‘blurry’ nature of previous emulated games on the PS3, which can only mean good things for those still with their PS1 discs around – Resident Evil for example.

The important thing to remember about all of this though is what price will emulation cost on the PS4. If PS4 users can suddenly put their old discs into the system – would this be a free service ready after a firmware upgrade?

If Sony only allows emulation to take place digitally, then obviously this is going to require some fees to play each game.

Either way, it sounds like a very exciting time to be a PS4 user – give us your reaction to this below.

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Written by Alan Ng

Alan has been working for Product-Reviews since 2009 and became the Editor-in-chief in 2014. He has a passion for technology, the latest mobile phones and gadgets, and the gaming industry. Alan is a graduate of Canterbury Christ Church University and completed a B.A in Commercial Music in 2008. While expressing a keen interest in all areas that PR cover, you'll usually find Alan in the gaming section, where he'll be keeping enthusiasts up to date on all the latest news and reviews for consoles and PC.

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