Sony releases PS4 backwards compatibility: PS2 classic games now available for PS4

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Sony Computer Entertainment recently released its initial roster of PlayStation 2 games that are already available for the PlayStation 4 via the newly introduced backwards compatibility feature.

Shuhei Yoshida announced over the PlayStation Blog the first eight games from the PS2 that players can enjoy on the current generation PS4. The games are all available now and can be obtained only via digital download on the American and European PlayStation Store.

“As we continue our celebration of the PlayStation 20th anniversary, we want to take a look back at the heritage that helped propel us to the brand that we are today,” Yoshida said. “PlayStation 2 holds a special place in the hearts of many gamers who have fond memories of playing some of the biggest franchises in gaming. PS2 remains the best-selling console of all time, thanks in part to the revolutionary tech built into the box, such as support for the DVD format for games and movies, a powerful graphics processor, and specialized chips for particle effects and physics.”

The eight games that are now available are:

  • “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

But Sony did not only simply port these games for the PS4. In order to make the experience as close to today’s world of gaming, Sony added a Trophy system for each game that they released. In addition to that, the graphics of each game had been beefed up to go on a 1080p Full HD resolution, and with support for native PS4 features such as Remote Play, Live Broadcast, Share Play, Activity Feeds, and Second Screen.

Sony promised to do a release of other classic PS2 games on a regular basis and urged fans and players to stay tuned for more releases coming soon.