Thinking Forward by Going Back
If you have an old SEGA AGES collection or other back title, you may not have to depend on Sony making them available over the cloud once its backward compatibility strategy goes full throttle. A report released Tuesday by Eurogamer claims via sources that Sony is working on an internal emulator allowing the play of original Playstation and PS2 titles on the Playstation 4.
According to the report, the older titles would bypass the cloud and be rendered locally, though how whether that means it’ll be as simple as popping in a disc remains a mystery:
[….] We understand that Sony is actively pursuing the ability for older titles to run without the blurry upscaling seen on PS3, suggesting that native HD resolutions are being targeted. Assuming this intention carries through to final code, we’ll be seeing an effect similar to the resolution scaling seen on unofficial PC emulation of Sony’s consoles, as well as a great many of the “HD remasters” we saw on PS3 – where original assets were rendered at a higher resolution, often without any actual remastering at all.
You may remember that the PS3 had PS2 backward compatibility as well, which was infamously removed for later models.
We’ll keep tabs on the matter as it unfolds.