Previously, Sony has been certain that backwards compatibility for PlayStation 3 games would not be coming to PlayStation 4. We’ve observed it with Jim Ryan, its European boss stating so in June this year. The topic came up again during Paris Games Week, forcing President of Sony’s Worldwide Studios, Shuhei Yoshida, to reconfirm the same.
Regarding the PlayStation 1 (PS1) and PlayStation 2 (PS2) games operating on the PlayStation 4, this appears to be likely. According to Gearnuke, classic PlayStation 2 games such as Twisted Metal: Black, Dark Cloud and Ape Escape were rated by the video game classification for Europe, the Pan European Game Information (Pegi).
Additionally, specific PlayStation 4 bundles for Star Wars Battlefront include a digital voucher for 4 classic Star Wars games. On those, three of them were formerly on the PlayStation 2. These include Star Wars Bounty Hunter, Star Wars: Jedi Straighter and Star Wars Racer Revenge. Super Star Wars is the fourth game, one that was on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES). All of them feature enhanced trophy and graphics support for the PlayStation 4, resulting in PlayStation 1 and PlayStation 2 playback for PlayStation 4 a lot more definite.
If this is true, it’s a clever move from Sony. PS3 users who purchased classic PS1 and PS2 games should be able to move their digital purchases to the PlayStation 4, and those who are new to Sony’s series have the chance to experience some of the famous hits of former generations. In addition, it is a clever way to fight the Xbox One’s backward compatibility with Xbox 360 games.