PS4 owners can now download and play some classic PS2 titles though they’ll have to buy them again. Sony announced in a press release on Friday that some PS2 games can be downloaded via the PlayStation Store in Europe and America.
These PS2 classics won’t come cheap, as they’ll be “unrendered” in 1080p resolution along with support for live broadcasts, remote play and trophy support. As of now, only eight PS2 titles are now available for download which include:
Dark Cloud — $14.99
Grand Theft Auto III — $14.99
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City — $14.99
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas — $14.99
Rogue Galaxy — $14.99
The Mark of Kri — $14.99
Twisted Metal: Black — $9.99
War of the Monsters — $9.99
Notably, Sony’s rival console the Xbox One from Microsoft adopts a completely different or shall we say a rather modest approach for its old Xbox titles. As the Redmond giant is planning to make all Xbox 360 games to work on its current Xbox One console, that too free of cost.
Xbox owners who purchased any Xbox 360 title, either as a digital download or a physical copy will be able to play that game on the Xbox One without having to pay for it again, as is the case with Sony. As many as 104 Xbox 360 games were announced in November that are now playable on the Xbox One. Hence, Sony’s announcement appears to be a money minting model, forcing gamers to repay for these old titles which will certainly reduce the credibility of its console among PS fans.
In other related news, Sony last month announced that it has sold 30.2 million units of the PS4 globally, making it the fastest selling console in the company’s history. The Japanese giant is now aiming to sell 17.5 million units of the PS4 by the end of the financial year ending in March 2016.