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Sony reveals first PlayStation 2 backwards compatibility titles for PlayStation 4 [Update]

Sony fans, it’s time to half-celebrate as the company reveals the first eight PlayStation 2 backwards compatibility titles for the PlayStation 4, but they come at a price.

The games aren’t just straight ports and have received 1080p up-rendered graphics, Trophy support, Remote Play, Live Broadcast, Share Play, Activity Feeds, and Second Screen support for game manuals with PlayStation Vita or PlayStation App. All titles will be available on the US and UK PlayStation Network Stores.

The titles are:

Four additional titles have also been announced, but without a price or release date. They are PaRappa the Rapper 2The King of Fighters 2000, Fantavision, and Arc the Lad: Twilight of the Spirits.

Considering the majority of PlayStation 2 games available for the PlayStation 3 are around US$9.99, the increase in price has upset a few fans on social media. These higher prices could be justified by the extra work put into bringing these games into the new of consoles.

Read more: PlayStation 4 will get PlayStation 2 backward compatibility

While they didn’t incorporate the feature after removing backwards compatibility from the PlayStation 3, Sony should allow PlayStation 2 owners to pop the discs into their PlayStation 4 and download the updated version of the game for free. It’s something Microsoft is doing for all owners of Xbox 360 backwards compatible titles on the Xbox One.

Even though the announcement wasn’t that far off, Gearburn wrote about backwards compatibility on the PS4 last year. Coming from a Sony leak, the company was already planning the PlayStation 2 special treatment, along with PlayStation (PS1) as well.

Writing on the US PlayStation Blog, Shuhei Yoshida, President of SCE Worldwide Studios says the PS2 hold a special place in the hearts of many gamers.

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. Above and beyond the technical innovations that made PS2 stand apart is the huge catalog of amazing and much-loved games, such as Dark Cloud, Twisted Metal: Black, and the PS2-era classic Grand Theft Auto games, Grand Theft Auto III, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, just to name a few.

No date has been set as to when more PlayStation 2 games will be announced. Sony representatives have constantly state the PlayStation 4 will not be receiving PlayStation 3 backwards compatibility.

Watch the announcement trailer below.

Update: added South African pricing.

Author Bio

Graham van der Made: Staff Reporter
Graham started out as an electronics manager at Take2 Home Entertainment and went on to spend a further ten years in the South African ecommerce industry. During this time, Graham founded and managed an online geek and hobby shop. He has always had a passion for writing and has contributed... More


  1. Will M

    December 5, 2015 at 6:09 pm

    It’s not backwards compatible if you have to buy the damn games again.

  2. Andy Walker

    December 5, 2015 at 6:21 pm

    Can’t agree with you more Will. It’s a slap across the face for gamers.

  3. x929

    December 6, 2015 at 5:06 pm

    If you Sony are going to make something like this please bring back the best titles of ps2 like crash bandicoot the rack of cortex or like testdrive unlimited street fighter universary edition cause I have does titles and I’m not going to be able to play it no longer but if you bring it back I’ll buy it again

  4. esapata

    December 6, 2015 at 9:22 pm

    Sony isn’t calling it backwards compatibility. A lot of sites are misreporting this. In fact, Sony never uses the phrase backwards compatible in their announcement. All they’re doing is selling upgraded ISOs to run on an emulator.