Sony has officially confirmed that PlayStation 2 classics will be made available from the PlayStation Store for download in North America and Europe from today.
"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," commented Shuhei Yoshida, President of Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios (SCE WWS).
The games will be fully playable on PlayStation 4 as a result of the move, and will cost between $9.99 and $14.99. A total of eight games are up for download on day-one, and what’s more, they have all been retrofitted with Trophy support, feature enhanced 1080p resolution visuals, and support Remote Play, Live Broadcast, Share Play, Active Feed, and Second Screen.
The move shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, as it was previously confirmed that Sony had been quietly working on PS2 emulation for its current-generation console. At the time however, it wasn’t known what title would be made available, or when the games would be rolled out. Sony has been busy gathering feedback from fans in regards to what titles they want to see on PS4, and it seems to have worked.
The current lineup includes the best-selling PS2 game of all time, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, plus a host of other critically acclaimed offerings. Check them out below.
- 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