The PlayStation 2 still remains one of the biggest success stories ever in video games. That console did some amazing things, especially in the sales department, and it had one hell of a catalog to match.
Well, that catalog might start being cracked into now, as Wired have recieved a statement from Sony confirming that the PlayStation 4 is indeed using PlayStation 2 emulation. The company said:
We are working on utilizing PS2 emulation technology to bring PS2 games forward to the current generation. We have nothing further to comment at this point in time.
There have been murmurs of this happening over the last year or so, and it seems it snuck out without any of us knowing too. Recently PS2 titles Star Wars: Racer Revenge, Star Wars: Jedi Starfighter, and Star Wars: Bounty Hunter came to PlayStation 4 to support Star Wars: Battlefront, and it seems that the games are running on an emulator for the console, rather than being straight up ports.
For a breakdown of why that is, and also the pretty significant visual upgrades that the PlayStation 4 brings to the games, take a look at this video by Digital Foundry.
The question is now, when do we start seeing more classics coming to the new generation? For that, we will have to wait.