The first sign of it came from Digital Foundry, who received a copy of the new Star Wars bundle for the PS4, which includes the latest Star Wars Battlefront, as well as four classic Star Wars games – Super Star Wars, Star Wars: Jedi Starfighter, Star Wars: Racer Revenge and Star Wars: Bounty Hunter. All but one ran on PS2 hardware, with the logo popping up when you load the games.
As said on the Eurogamer article “How can we tell? First of all, a system prompt appears telling you that select and start buttons are mapped to the left and right sides of the Dual Shock 4’s trackpad. Third party game developers cannot access the system OS in this manner. Secondly, just like the PS2 emulator on PlayStation 3, there’s an emulation system in place for handling PS2 memory cards. Thirdly, the classic PlayStation 2 logo appears in all of its poorly upscaled glory when you boot each title. And finally, all in-game button prompts relate to the PS2’s controller – nothing has been changed at all, effectively ruling out a remaster.”
Sony has confirmed backwards compatibility is coming, telling Wired: “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.”
While no date or listing has been released of what games will be available to play, it’s still a great feature to come. Just don’t expect PS3 emulation or playability, with Sony firmly believing in their streaming service, PlayStation Now. Below, Digital Foundry enjoy a hands-on with the PS2 backwards compatibility.