Rumor: PS4 To Get PS1/PS2 Game Emulation

It seems Sony is planning to extend making content from previous Playstation titles playable on the PS4 beyond the Playstation Now streaming service.

According an anonymous source that tipped Digital Foundry, Playstation 1 and Playstation 2 emulation are heading to PS4, with the added bonus of improved visuals being very likely. This emulation will be handled the same way as the PS3’s emulation is, through software. Digital Foundry notes it’s heard that “Sony is actively pursuing the ability for older titles to run without the blurry upscaling seen on PS3, suggesting that native HD resolutions are being targeted.”

Playstation 4 lacks backwards compatibility between PS1, PS2, and PS3 games both retail and even digitally. However, PS3 discs can still be read by PS4 but the games can’t actually be played.

Gaikai’s cloud streaming service was officially revealed last month, and is being called Playstation Now, as mentioned earlier. The service will launch its closed beta this week, and will release sometime in the summer of this year. It’ll be a subscription-based service, and will be separate from the PS Plus subscription that some might already have. The price of the service wasn’t yet detailed, but it’s tipped to be around $10 a month, the same as PS Plus. Whether or not these rumored PS1/PS2 emulations will come with a price tag as well, is an interesting point of discussion.