Hands On Video Looks at PlayStation 2 Emulation on the PlayStation 4

While the major Star Wars title for PlayStation 4 is obviously Star Wars Battlefront, the bundle released for the console features some interesting extra titles. These included PlayStation 2 titles Super Star Wars, Star Wars: Jedi Starfighter, Star Wars: Racer Revenge and Star Wars: Battle Hunter.

These four games were made available using PSN codes, but what makes some of them interesting is the use of a PlayStation 2 emulator for three of the games. As this is the first time we’ve seen the emulator in action, Digital Foundry have taken a look at how well it performs. As you can see in the video above, the most impressive side is just how well they actually look.

While it may not be running at 1080p, the frame rate is a solid 60fps and the rise in resolution to 1292×896 (but Digital Foundry’s estimations) improves the graphics quality a lot. They also note that there are some after effects at work to further improve the graphics and smooth the edges of the older graphics. This is all good news for people hoping to see more PlayStation 2 backwards compatibility.

Another interesting aspect to these emulated games is the use of trophies. With PlayStation 4 handling achievements better, seeing these awards will be a pleasant surprise for players. Its impressive that they’ve been included for games from the PlayStation 4 which didn’t actually have support for the trophy system.

With these emulated games on show, the question that will be raised will inevitably be why can’t we have the same with PlayStation 3 games? Xbox One has the support for Xbox 360, but it still seems that PlayStation 4 owners will be restricted to playing the previous generation games through PlayStation Now.

Are you impressed by how good the PlayStation 2 games look on PlayStation 4? Let us know your thoughts below.