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Sony has revealed that the PlayStation 4 will soon be able to play PlayStation 2 games through an emulation system, confirming previous reports that the console is partially backwards compatible.
In a statement to Wired, Sony said that they "are working on utilizing PS2 emulation technology to bring PS2 games forward to the current generation." The company didn't reveal when the PS4 will officially be able to play PS2 games, but it appears as though the company is already testing the technology in the wild.
As discovered by Eurogamer, EA recently re-released three classic Star Wars PS2 games on PS4 alongside the launch of Star Wars Battlefront, and all games appear to be emulated rather than ported.
The three games – Star Wars: Racer Revenge, Star Wars: Jedi Starfighter, and Star Wars: Bounty Hunter – all launch with a classic PlayStation 2 logo. On top of that, there's a memory card emulation system in place, along with a resolution boost, and remapping of controls from the DualShock 2 to DualShock 4 controllers.
Sony's statement indicates there are further plans for PS2 emulation on the PS4, though it's not clear what those plans include. It would be awesome if you could simply insert a PS2 disc into the PS4 and play games through emulation, but it seems more likely you'll have to purchase digital versions of older titles instead.