It may not be in the manner fans would like, but it appears Sony is taking another look backward to make a handful of PlayStation 2 games compatible with the PlayStation 4.
PEGI, or the Pan European Game Information council, just listed PlayStation 4 ports of PlayStation 2 classics Twisted Metal: Black,Dark Cloud 2 and Ape Escape 2.
As noted by Gematsu, which spotted the listings first, Twisted Metal: Black was ported to PlayStation 3 back in September 2012.
This trio of PlayStation 2 classics, likely destined for digital-only distribution, could be the start of Sony's effort to brute force backward compatibility for the PlayStation 4.
Famously, Shuhei Yoshida, Sony's president of worldwide studios, stated that the PlayStation 4 would already have backward compatibility if the feat wasn't so hard to do for this particular console.
"I totally understand people asking for it, and if it was easy, we'd have done that," Yoshida said. "But our focus is creating PS4 games and adding new services. Remaking games on PS4 makes the games even better—with The Last Of Us, you can play at 60 frames per second, and the same goes for Dark Souls 2. Actually, I just finished Dark Souls 2 again on PS4."
While Sony focuses on HD remakes of games from the last generation PlayStation and promotes PlayStation Now, Microsoft is about to launch backward compatibility for the Xbox One when it releases the console's all-new Windows 10 Experience in November, Mike Ybarra, Xbox's director of program management, announced last week.
Like Sony's PlayStation Now service, which supports PlayStation 3 games, the Xbox One's backward compatibility, for now at least, will only offer Xbox 360 games.
"At launch you'll be able to play over 100 Xbox 360 games on Xbox One with hundreds more in the months to come," stated Ybarra. "This includes the added benefit of Xbox One features including screenshots, streaming, and game DVR—for your favorite Xbox 360 games. You can even play multiplayer with friends still using their Xbox 360."