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PlayStation 1 and 2 games may be playable on the PS4

Published: Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Updated: Thursday, January 30, 2014 19:01

When Sony’s PlayStation 4 was first revealed some gamers were disappointed by the fact that it wouldn’t be backwards compatible, but new information suggests that the PS4 will in fact be able to play classic PlayStation games.

According to Digital Foundry, a source has revealed that Sony is working on a way to allow its console the PS4  to play PS1 and PS2 games using software emulation, with the possibility of HD graphics.

This news comes shortly after Sony’s recent reveal of its streaming service PlayStation Now that will allow gamers to stream PS3 games on their PS4s.

PlayStation Now will make use of the cloud gaming service Gaikai, a company that Sony acquired for $380 million in the summer of 2012.

Although there is still no way to play physical copies of previous PlayStation games on the PS4, software emulation along with PlayStation Now will give gamers a way to play their past favorites on one console.

Richard Leadbetter, a journalist who specializes in technical analysis for Eurogamer.net, explains why software emulation on the PS4 is a smart decision:

Sony's use of emulation as opposed to PlayStation Now streaming is an interesting decision - and the right one for enthusiast gamers. Running code locally provides a superior experience in terms of both input latency and image quality, and owing to the bandwidth requirements of continuous gameplay streaming, a single download could actually work out better economically for the platform holder. However, anything that can be run on PS3 can also operate on the PlayStation Now servers, so theoretically there is no technical reason why PS1, PS2 and PSP titles running on the existing, upscaling PS3 emulators couldn't be added to the streaming service should Sony see fit - though HD resolution scaling would most likely be off the table in those circumstances.

It appears nostalgic gamers everywhere will be getting what they wished for.

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