PlayStation 4 continues to be on the top of the charts, with Xbox One always lagging behind, but the console giant isn’t letting itself be outshined no matter the efforts of Xbox, Apple TV, or other platforms be. As Xbox One’s backward compatibility crawls to a realization, is PlayStation 4 also planning an almost similar tactic?
Gamespot reports that a couple of people have spotted three PlayStation 2 classics rated for PlayStation 4. These three PS2 titles, Ape Escape 2, Twisted Metal: Black, and Dark Chronicle, were seen at the Pan European Game Information (PEGI) website rated for the PlayStation 4 console. This is possibly a mistake or a slip, but isn’t three consecutive mistakes too much of a coincidence?
PlayStation Lifestylepublished a screencap of the three PlayStation 2 titles that were rated for PlayStation 4, which made people wonder if PlayStation is inching towards backwards compatibility just like Xbox One.
From what we know, only the PlayStation 3 platform allows PlayStation users to download PlayStation 2 games and play them on their PlayStation 3 console. And so far, Twisted Metal: Black is a PS2 classic that could only be downloaded and played on PlayStation 3.
In a response to Xbox One’s announcement of backward compatibility at the E3 2015, Sony’s Shuhei Yoshida announced that PlayStation 4 is not treading on Xbox One’s footsteps, and they are not developing and releasing any backward compatibility for PlayStation 4.
“The technology involved must be very challenging. I don’t think we will change our approach… I won’t say we’ll never do it, but it’s not an easy thing to do. If it was easy we would have done that.”
But from what we learned over the years, consoles will always find a way to one-up their competition so it isn’t entirely impossible for PlayStation 4 to consider backwards compatibility.
Sony is holding the Tokyo Game Show press conference tomorrow before the Tokyo Game Show 2015 on September 17, the Paris Game Week press conference in October, and the PlayStation Experience 2015 (PSX) on December 5 in San Francisco. If PlayStation 4 is releasing any news about PS2 compatibility, these three conferences are the best avenues for PlayStation 4, so fans should keep an eye out for them. Besides, PlayStation Social Media Senior Manager Sid Shuman assures that the PSX will deliver huge announcements and surprises that will surely capture every PlayStation 4 user’s heart. Will backward compatibility for PlayStation 4 be a part of these announcements?
Stay tuned for more information and news about PlayStation 4 and PSX.
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