Should PS2 Backwards Compatibility be Handled by PlayStation Now?

Gamemoir's Nick D. examines Sony’s recent announcement of PS2 emulation on PS4 and whether Sony’s PlayStation Now service may be the best place for it.

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madmonkey011155d ago (Edited 1155d ago )

Playstation Now might have ps2 or even ps4 games in future, people seem un aware of the fact that PSNow isnt just for ps4.

Spotie1154d ago

Well, if they acknowledge that PSNow is on the PS3- among other things- they can't say it's Sony's greedy, crappy attempt at matching Microsoft's BC.

That aside, I see that as being fundamentally different from this emulation, though. This doesn't at all sound like implementation or inclusion of PS2 games into the Now service, though they DID say that was coming.

After all, that would just be streaming the game from remote servers- as is done with PS3 games- NOT emulation of the software, as has been stated.

TWB1154d ago (Edited 1154d ago )

Though you have to keep in mind that what is being streamed through PSNOW, has to run on a hardware of some sort. As far as I know, PSNow runs games off a PS3 like server machine (with 10 PS3 machines in one server), but to run PS2 games they would need to either emulated the PS2 games (which is doable since PS3 does have a full PS2 software emulator although with poor compatibility) or run them on the native hardware.

Sony hasnt manufactured new PS2 HW in a long while and the original hardware is probably not adaptible to such streaming environment.

That would mean they have to emulated the PS2 games if they ever were to introduce them to the service. That could be a problem though since emulation naturally causes extra input lag and when you combine that with PSNow and the streaming latency, it could be kind of a bad experience.

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Eidolon1154d ago

Please, eff no, please.

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