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Rumour – PlayStation 4 to support PS1 and PS2 games in full 1080p HD

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As much as I love playing a new game, I also love going back a few years to get a little retro love. Dating your mom is besides the point, but this also applies to gaming. Unfortunately, I can’t jam Crash Bandicoot or Nuclear Strike on a PlayStation 4. Not right now that is, as plans are in place to not only bring those games to a new platform, but to throw in some HD love as well.

Insider Ahshan Rasheed, who happens to have a solid record so far with these leaks, revealed a few more rumours over on twitter. Take it with a pinch of salt as usual, but I like where this is going:

1080p upscaling on classic games? My body is ready to return to an era where fingers on characters were a mere pipe dream. PlayStation One and Two games making a leap over onto the PlayStation 4 isn’t exactly new news, but the addition of HD support makes the retro idea sound rather tantalising.

Combined with PlayStation Now, and internet speeds permitting, and this could be a rather decent way to build up a library of classic titles. That, and I’m probably going to be playing Final Fantasy 8 for the ninth time in a row if this turns out to be correct.

Rasheed also spoke about the non-Facebook owned Project Morpheus, the Sony VR project which will taking a page out of the Oculus Rift playbook. Sony apparently wants to hear as much constructive criticism as possible from third-party developers, to make the product more enticing.

Unfortunately, my idea to pair the unit with the PS Move controller and a new Leisure Suit Larry game has been shot down like a torn lubber. Still, if Sony is going ahead with these retro and future ideas, then they’re clearly focused on gaming first with the PlayStation 4.

Just the way that I like it.

Last Updated: March 26, 2014

43 Comments

  1. Quick Q, I’ve bought a few PS1 games on PSN, does anyone else experience sluggish behavior on the PS3? I mean, Silent Hill Lags a shizz lot in the fog

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  2. Alien Emperor Trevor

    March 26, 2014 at 11:04

    Hooray for backwards compatibility.

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    • Admiral Chief of Auraxis

      March 26, 2014 at 11:11

      ..coz we has it?

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      • Jedi JJ

        March 26, 2014 at 11:13

        I didn’t know what backwards compatibility meant until the console people started moaning about it. 😉

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        • Admiral Chief of Auraxis

          March 26, 2014 at 11:14

          Now now, be nice, we heard of it, but it was more related to hardware

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          • Jedi JJ

            March 26, 2014 at 11:14

            Haha. True. I seriously endorse this though. It’s about bloody time.

        • MakeItLegal

          March 26, 2014 at 12:08

          This made me laugh … Thank you

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        • DrKiller

          March 26, 2014 at 12:16

          Never tried to play a Windows 98 game on your new Windows? 😉

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          • Jedi JJ

            March 26, 2014 at 12:51

            Compatibility and emulators. Everything works!
            Though finding an emulator can be a headache. I’m most upset with the fact that my Star Wars Pod Racer game still won’t work.

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        March 26, 2014 at 11:16

        No, because they’re getting it. Everyone deserves nice things.

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        • Admiral Chief of Auraxis

          March 26, 2014 at 11:17

          Trying the Zen approach there ol Trev?

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          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            March 26, 2014 at 11:18

            I’m trying to be nice to the peasants. For a change.

          • Umar hearts Grandia

            March 26, 2014 at 11:33

            Pah, you’re still a tryant

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            March 26, 2014 at 11:37

            Well yes, but a nice one :/

  3. Rince

    March 26, 2014 at 11:11

    My body is ready for this… Damn, if they can get this working well… MS will have serious issues.

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    • Norm the Horrible

      March 26, 2014 at 11:15

      The ‘PS Move controller and a new Leisure Suit Larry game’ idea?
      *runs*

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      • Admiral Chief of Auraxis

        March 26, 2014 at 11:16

        O_O

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      • Rince

        March 26, 2014 at 11:19

        Tehehehehe 😉

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  4. JustAnotherGamer

    March 26, 2014 at 11:17

    i don understand why play these old games?

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    • Norm the Horrible

      March 26, 2014 at 11:18

      Got to love the classics! 😀

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    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      March 26, 2014 at 11:18

      Because they’re fun.

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    • Rince

      March 26, 2014 at 11:21

      For enjoyment? Like watching an old classic movie?

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      • JustAnotherGamer

        March 26, 2014 at 11:23

        but they’re not good. I get feeling nostalgic but old games rarely measure up. I rather prefer new games.

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        • Rince

          March 26, 2014 at 11:24

          Just because they don’t look as polished and shiny doesn’t mean they don’t have stellar stories etc.

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        • iAmWeasel

          March 26, 2014 at 11:25

          By that logic only the latest movies with the best CGI are worth watching. Old games are great actually.

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        • Kensei Seraph

          March 26, 2014 at 11:35

          By that logic you prefer the new Star Wars Trilogy over the original trilogy.

          You are part of the Jar Jar fan club aren’t you.

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          • JustAnotherGamer

            March 26, 2014 at 11:40

            Do you really think that Doom 1 is better than Call of Duty 4 Modern Warfare?

          • Kensei Seraph

            March 26, 2014 at 12:05

            I’ve never played Doom 1 but from what I’ve heard it has a better storyline, so probably.

        • Double-O-Six and a half

          March 26, 2014 at 13:47

          The old “quest” series (Police Quest, Space Quest,et al) were a real hoot for their time and you got an amazing sense of achievement when you actually got through games then… what about earlier Leisure Suit Larry, The early Westwood titles and things like the PS2 versions of Rainbow Six or early Sam Fisher stealth shooters…, Riven and Myst etc. etc. etc. the list could go on, but I have to disagree with you on one key point!!

          The games were good…very, very good!!! Maybe not as pretty as today or as good sounding, but very very good nonetheless.

          In those days when your only means of distribution was a physical medium, “patching” was something your grandmother did to a quilt and “DLC” meant “Development Life Cycle” and things like “always on-line” was something you expected your one ATM in town to be; games HAD to be very, very good, you couldn’t release the crap they do today and say we’ll fix it in the updates or DLC. Dev’s had to get it right first time or it flopped miserably never to be heard from again, so for those iconic games that made it they really were very good, they were pioneering, engaging, entertaining and they just WORKED, those that didn’t fell by the wayside…

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        • oVg deprived

          March 26, 2014 at 14:01

          Final Fantasy 7 is still more playable than FFXIII-Alpha plus super nova crystal VERSUS super duper LIGHTNING. 😛

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    • oVg deprived

      March 26, 2014 at 13:59

      Ask yourself that question when your R30 000 PS4 collection is sitting looking at you from your top shelf while you are playing the PS6 20 years from now 😉

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  5. CypherGate

    March 26, 2014 at 11:28

    As long as they dont just upscale the games to 1080p without actually making it look decent then im all game for it cause then id get allllllll the Resident Evil games and Silent Hill games. I miss the days of Resident Evil 2. That game was so beyond epic. I truly hope they HD the shit out of that game.

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    • Jonah Cash

      March 26, 2014 at 14:12

      I’d pay full game price for a Resident Evil 2 HD remake!! My first game on a CD…

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      • CypherGate

        March 26, 2014 at 14:24

        That was my first game on PS1 as well as on CD. So i know the feeling you felt when you power on that game. Damn… never forget that night. Me and my brother was sitting there excited and yet not sure what to expect from the game and it was raining like crazy outside and was super cold so we switched off the light to get the full effect. Best horror game i played. Id definitely pay full price for a remake!

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        • Jonah Cash

          March 27, 2014 at 08:13

          I also played it at night for the first time with my older brother!! Maybe that is why I can’t play any horror games anymore?!?!?! Best thing I remember is in the sewer for the first time when you can only hear the dogs’ steps, you know there is something but your too afraid to go and see what it is… My brother ran into the T-Junction and got his ass handed to him by a zombie Doberman!!! Hahaha

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  6. Hammersteyn

    March 26, 2014 at 11:33

    Such win! I bet Sony leaks the news to Ahsan Rasheed. He then posts it on Tiwtter and Sony watches the reaction.

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    • CypherGate

      March 26, 2014 at 14:25

      That could be possible 🙂

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  7. veggiesaurus ZA

    March 26, 2014 at 12:10

    if PCSX2 is anything to go by, ps2 games will look incredible.

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  8. oVg deprived

    March 26, 2014 at 12:45

    But can it play the old discs that many of us have collected over the past 17 years?

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    • Francois Knoetze

      March 26, 2014 at 13:32

      was wondering the same thing. have a heap of old titles in my cupboard and have to use my old ps2 to play them

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  9. Francois Knoetze

    March 26, 2014 at 13:31

    If this means I can pop in any of my old ps1 and ps2 discs I am going to be really really happy o.O

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  10. Jonah Cash

    March 26, 2014 at 14:10

    Resident Evil 2 in HD would make my 2014-2020 and nothing more would need to happen!!!

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    • CypherGate

      March 26, 2014 at 14:26

      That game is all thats needed and my PS4 would be worth it 100%!

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