Sony Computer Entertainment officially announces the full list of PlayStation 2 emulation titles to be playable on the PlayStation 4 starting tomorrow.
In order to celebrate PlayStation’s 20th anniversary and prepare fans for the PlayStation Experience in San Francisco this weekend, Sony has announced eight emulated PS2 games to be purchasable and playable on the PS4 tomorrow via the PlayStation Store in the Americas and Europe. While the list definitely caters to fans by introducing some favorites such as Dark Cloud, some might argue that the entire collection of PS2-era Grand Theft Auto games takes the cake as the best additions.
Prior to the official statement on PlayStation’s blog, it was revealed via a trademark filing by Sony Computer Entertainment Europe that the PS2 titles The Mark of Kri and Rogue Galaxy were to be added as emulation games for the PS4, but now we get their exact price. The full list of releases, as well as an announcement trailer, can be found below.
- Dark Cloud — $14.99
- Grand Theft Auto III — $14.99
- Grand Theft Auto: Vice City — $14.99
- Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas — $14.99
- Rogue Galaxy — $14.99
- The Mark of Kri — $14.99
- Twisted Metal: Black — $9.99
- War of the Monsters — $9.99
According to Sony, all of the titles above will be brought up to today’s gaming standards by not only providing them with up-rendered 1080p visuals, Remote Play, Live Broadcast, Share Play, Activity Feeds, and Second Screen support for game manuals, but also full Trophy sets for each. Not to mention, the company teased the future addition of Arc the Lad: Twilight of the Spirits, Fantavision, PaRappa the Rapper 2, and The King of Fighters 2000.
While Sony had been adamant about its position on not adding backward compatibility for the PlayStation 4 in the past, the inclusion of emulated games on the PS4 allows the multinational to keep its word while enacting a smart business move. In doing so, the tech firm will be putting itself on par with Microsoft’s decision to employ backward compatibility for the Xbox One, but in order for it to be a significant play on Sony’s part, the PS4’s emulation library will need to grow quite quickly.
At any rate, the announcement is surely just the tip of the iceberg for Sony. If it decides to dip into its stable of classic PS2 ports like Silent Hill 2 or Viewtiful Joe and add them to the PS4’s emulation catalog, the company will undoubtedly boost its current-gen console’s present sales of 30 million units worldwide.
What do you think about the full list of PlayStation 2 titles available for emulation on the PlayStation 4? Which one is your favorite? What games do you think Sony should add next? Let us know in the comments section. below.
For the sake of clarity, the PS2 titles listed with bullets above will be available for purchase and play tomorrow on the PS4 in the Americas and Europe.