Friday, 4 December 2015

Classic PlayStation 2 games ready to run on the PlayStation 4

Been waiting to playing some of your favorite classic Sony PlayStation 2 games on your new PS4 console? Well, now you can, for a price.

PS4 owners will be able to download and play PS2 games via the PlayStation Store in the Americas and Europe, Sony said in a press release Friday. The Japanese electronics company showed off PS2 games like Rogue Galaxy and Dark Cloud running in high-definition on a PS4 in a video published to its YouTube page. However, the video ends with a warning some gamers might not like.

"PS2 Classics and PS2-formatted discs are incompatible with the PS4 system," reads a line at the very end of the video.

That means gamers won't be able pop a PS2 game disc into the current-generation console. If you want to play that title on the PlayStation 4, you'll have to buy a new PS4-compatible version. Sony said PS4-compatible titles will come with upgrades.

"PS2 titles playable on PS4 will support 1080p/60fps, trophies and features unique to PS4 -- Live Broadcast, Share Play, Remote Play, Activity, Second Screen -- and offers an upgraded gaming experience compared to PS One/PS2 Classics," said a Sony spokesman in an emailed statement.

This appears to an almost opposite approach as Sony's main console rival, Microsoft. The Redmond, Washington, tech giant plans to make all Xbox 360 video games work on its current Xbox One console for "free." Gamers who purchased an Xbox 360 game, either as a digital download or on a physical disc, will be able to play that game on the Xbox One without paying any more money. In November, Microsoft revealed the first 104 Xbox 360 games that now work on the Xbox One.

Sony last month said it has sold more than 30.2 million PlayStation 4 video game consoles around the world since the console went on sale in November 2014, outpacing other current-generation consoles like Xbox One and Nintendo's Wii U.

The first PS2 games available now for the PlayStation 4 are: War of the Monsters, Rogue Galaxy, The Mark of Kri, Dark Cloud, Grand Theft Auto III, Grand Theft Auto Vice City, Grand Theft Auto San Andreas and Twisted Metal Black. The games range in price from $10 to $15 (£6.62 to £9.93).

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