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PlayStation 2 Emulation comes to PS4

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Digital Foundry has revealed details on this new section that is available on the console.

Users have long requested that the PlayStation 4’s catalog includes classic titles of PlayStation and PlayStation 2. Although there has been no talk at any time officially about this, today Sony has surprised the community by launching an internal emulator for the console without anyone aware of it.

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Digital Foundry has reported that the PlayStation 2 emulator is available on the PlayStation 4 with a package of Star Wars that includes the following titles: Super Star Wars, Star Wars: Jedi Fighter, Star Wars: Racer Revenge and Star Wars: Bounty Hunter. The four games come in one bundle that is available on PlayStation Network, along with a respective support for trophies.

According to the analysis of Digital Foundry, the proof that these titles running under an emulator of Playstation 2, is that the interface is identical to sixth generation console of Sony, that is to say, it still requires a memory card and presents company logos in the same resolution as the original console.

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Since the DualShock 4 has no buttons “Start” and “Select”, its role has been supplied by touchpad control that can be used to allow the emulator. Apart from the above, no further modifications have been made. The resolution of the titles has been increased, however, given the original appearance needless to clarify that the change is not abysmal. Even so, the technology of the PlayStation 4 has allowed to run titles at 60FPS compared to the 20-30FPS on the original console.

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The comprehensive analysis of this Digital Foundry on this PlayStation 2 emulator concludes that it is an outstanding section, stable in the frame rate per second performance with console games. Even so, the catalog is unattractive when considering that it is just the bundle of Star Wars, still we have to see how this “virtual console” works with big console titles like God of War II, Gran Turismo 4 and Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater.

Although Digital Foundry has published a special dedicated article to this emulator, we do not know how they managed to access it via the PlayStation Network. You may have to wait for a future update to get this emulator enabled. We will notify you as soon as more details on this great section arise.

Source: Digital Foundry

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