Ever since the PS Vita was released, we’ve all been yearning to play our favourite murder simulators on-the-go – namely, GTA: San Andreas, Vice City, and maybe even the breakout game, GTA III.
Well, it’s finally happening, though not in a manner that you’d have expected. Sony has announced with a post on the PlayStation Blog that PS2 games will be coming to PS4 via emulation. It was previously announced that a few Star Wars titles would be releasing on the console to coincide with the release of Star Wars Battlefront, but we always suspected that there’d be more to it.
Writing on the PlayStation Blog, Shuhei Yoshida notes that at the moment there’s only a small selection of games being made available, but there would be plenty more coming in the future. The way it works is that the PS4 emulates the PS2 hardware to play PS2 games. The games are then upscaled to full HD and given Trophy support, both of which are welcome additions.
That’s not all, either. PS2 games running on PS4 will act just like any other native PS4 game. You’ll be able to Share Play, stream, capture screenshots and footage, and most of all, remote play. Yes, so if you’ve got a PS Vita handy, you’ll finally be able to play the likes of GTA: San Andreas on the PS Vita. Cracking stuff, eh?
The bad news is that you’ll have to buy each game again, even if you already own the PS2 Classics version on the PS3. You won’t be able to use your PS2 discs with the PS4, either. It’s a shame, really, as this will probably put a lot of people off.
There’s a total of eight PS2 games coming to PS4, all of which you can find down below, along with their pricing. Seems a bit steep, doesn’t it?
- 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
Unfortunately, there are no details on UK/EU pricing just yet, but we’re probably right in saying that you shouldn’t expect a low price anytime soon…
Happy with this announcement, or are you a little peeved that Sony’s trying to get you to buy older games for what could be a third time? Keep your emotions in check down in the comments section below.