Sony put a call out to PlayStation 4 owners and fans to recommend PlayStation 2 games they want to see playable on the PS4. The response has been tremendous thus far and has sent the #PS2PS4 tag trending on Twitter alongside the like of Star Wars: The Force Awakens and others.
PlayStation Worldwide Studios Dave Thach got things started by asking PlayStation 4 owners to share their suggestions on Twitter using the #PS2PS4 hashtag.
Loving all the PS2 on PS4 feedback! Use #ps2ps4 for your wish list suggestions so we can easily aggregate them all. We are listening...
— Dave Thach (@davethach) December 9, 2015
The feedback has been strong with more than 29,000 Tweets from PlayStation fans so far. The list is growing too as more become aware of Sony requesting feedback. Popular games requested so far include titles such as Persona, Shin Megami Tensei, Shadow of the Colossus, Bully, and the Yakuza series.
Sony released the first PlayStation 2 titles for the PlayStation 4 on December 6. The initial eight titles released include the following:
- Dark Cloud
- Grand Theft Auto III
- Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
- Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
- Rogue Galaxy
- The Mark of Kri
- Twisted Metal
- War of the Monsters
PaRappa the Rapper 2 was also recently made available with an update to the PlayStation Store this past Tuesday.
There is a distinct difference between how Sony handles bringing PlayStation 2 titles up to the PlayStation 4 and how Microsoft brings Xbox 360 games to the Xbox One. Microsoft emulates the previous generation console to make the Xbox One backwards compatible and brings new games every month.
Meanwhile, Sony is porting the PS2 titles to the PlayStation 4 with upgraded features. Each PS2 game made playable on the PlayStation 4 receives Trophy support along with upscaled resolutions to reach 1080p. Don't expect upgraded visuals, but the games do support the key PS4 social features such as Remote Play, Share Play, Activity Feeds, and the ability to broadcast gameplay or record video and screenshots.
Long-time PlayStation fans should keep those old PS2 disks holstered and their PlayStation 2 Classic purchases on the PlayStation 2. Each of the PS2 games ported to the PlayStation 4 are a new purchase from the PlayStation Store that ranges from $10 to $15. This has led to some Twitter user in the #PS2PS4 trending hashtag to call for true backwards compatibility versus ports for games that they will have to pay for once again.
#ps2ps4 BACKWARDS COMPATIBLE. Play our already purchased classic PS2 games on a PS4. Not making us pay again for them!
— Sergio Sr. Rubio (@SergioSrRubio) December 17, 2015
@Sony @PlayStation we want backwards compatibility. Also I want thirteen (X111) #ps2ps4
— Jesse Shadden (@that1guyjesse) December 17, 2015
It is a tradeoff between being able to use the new features of the PlayStation 4, such as Trophies, and not really having any ability to play previous generation games at all. Sony's Shuhei Yoshida indicated that Sony's approach to the PlayStation 4 not supporting backwards compatibility would not change following Microsoft's announcement for Xbox One backward compatibility.
"Backward compatibility is hard. 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," Yoshida said, as reported by the Inquisitr.
Sony has clearly shifted its position on bringing PlayStation 2 titles to the PS4. However, the technical challenges still remain, and ports are the currently best option.
What PlayStation 2 games would you like to see on the PS4? Sound off in the comments below or go tweet them with the #PS2PS4 hashtag.
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