Playstation Now invites going out. Report of PS1/PS2 emulator for PS4

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If you recently signed up for the Playstation Now Beta, invites are starting to be sent out to lucky participants. The email invite says the beta includes “exclusive access to test PlayStation’s game streaming service before its full launch and the opportunity to provide your regular feedback to the PlayStation Now team.” The beta invite also says you’ll need to have “a 5Mbps or higher speed broadband connection” in order to participate. After you accept the beta invite you will receive a beta voucher and instructions “in the coming days.”

But while Sony is moving progressively towards backwards compatibility and accessibility via Playstation Now’s Cloud Streaming technology it seems the idea of local emulation may not be completely out the window. Digital Foundry is reporting that Sony is in development of a fully fledged PS1 and PS2 emulator for the Playstation 4. Their source working with Sony’s streaming service reveals that only PlayStation 3 titles are currently going to use Playstation Now.

It would reportedly run games smoother and bring native HD resolutions and rendering to the games. This would in turn will make games looks way better without all that nasty, blurry upscaling. And it would look better than that of the PS3 emulator.

If the source is true this would be big news for the PS4. Having full backwards compatibility across most, if not all legacy games (PS1, PS2, PS3) would give it a bigger boost over the Xbox One. Having PS1 and PS2 games run locally also is superior to cloud as you wont have the latency and image quality issues (dependent of your internet connection). It’s a completely logical and intelligent move to do so.

Sony hasn’t made an official announcement other than “We don’t comment on rumors or speculation.” But given the circumstances I say we could see an official announcement pretty soon.

What do you think? Let me know in the comments below!

  1. Albatar’s avatar

    Life is sad and boring

    Reply

    1. GOD’s avatar

      No, life is anything but boring..
      You just need to grow up and wait and see what life has to offer.

      Reply

      1. Patrick-The-Muthurfuckur-Star’s avatar

        I think this is the most lamest thing GOD has ever said. Can’t you flood the lands and purge us of all evil? Turn water into an 80-year-old wine? Walk on water? Or create incestuous boy and girl siblings?

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        1. McLoven’s avatar

          lmfao.lol. Jezzuz Christ this guy is funnier then a MATAFAKAH. (gloep!)^^LIKE^^

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          1. ccnff’s avatar

            Get out.

        2. GOD’s avatar

          The night is still young..

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        3. ccnff’s avatar

          Is this… supposed to be funny?

          Reply

      2. warfather’s avatar

        HELL YEAH FUCK YA’LL I FINALLY WON SOMETHING I AM A BETA TESTER, I SAY FUCK YOU ALL AND JUST DIEE!!!
        -wololo please don’t be a commie let everyone know about my splendid news

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        1. wololo’s avatar

          Your wish is granted :D

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          1. wololo'’s avatar

            GOD please punish this imposter

          2. warfather’s avatar

            i thank you with greatness wololo!!!!!!!

        2. GOD’s avatar

          SAD..
          That in your overexcitement you turned into a retard.

          I’m disappointed in the fact that a grown man who is the owner of this site is ok with such pointless and stupid comments.

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          1. SsJVasto’s avatar

            You gotta learn to laugh, in life.

          2. PreApocalypHistory’s avatar

            Wololo isn’t a man, but a man child and a loser at that. Lol

        3. Thrawn’s avatar

          My sincerest heartfelt condolences.

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        4. PreApocalypHistory’s avatar

          The only tester you are is your mother’s cunt.

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      3. Valhalla’s avatar

        No, you don’t just wait… You need to go out and seize what life has there for you!

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    2. DEVIL’s avatar

      So true big G..
      Are we on for poker tomorrow night?
      Your place or mine?

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      1. Gandalf’s avatar

        Thanks, God! This is really true, life is not as boring as it sounds. ^ _ ^

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      2. Galford’s avatar

        GOD and the DEVIL show up whats goin on here

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        1. Dark GOD’s avatar

          GOD and DEVIL must be gamers 2.
          If you believe in that stuff..

          They be gaming with our lives.

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  2. yankee426’s avatar

    I think this is going to cause me to start saving my pennies for a PS4.

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    1. shapeshifter0100’s avatar

      Or buy a better pc with more stuff (read steam machine or diy )

      Reply

      1. Zin Armagadan’s avatar

        Or just go with what yankee436 said instead and go with the cheaper choice… just sayin’…

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        1. Zin Armagadan’s avatar

          yankee5426***

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          1. shapeshifter0100’s avatar

            Bullshit!! Ps4 = underclocked amd cpu
            +amd gpu for $800 in most countries
            (yes google the prices) and that’s just
            the base console
            So u can’t play any games from ur
            previous consoles on it and the ps4
            games are $80 for a decent game and
            $50 for a sidekick game
            Instead on a PC with an amd cpu and
            gpu say with the same clockspeeds etc
            will set u back at $500 in most
            countries and will even play that old
            dusty game u had forgotten and will
            play games right upto 2018-2020
            decently and can be upgraded for
            roughly $300 when the Ps6 comes out
            Steam OS will ensure a console like
            experience with any controller
            including a ps4/xbone controller
            Kinect for PC is coming out officially
            too the sdk and hacks for games to
            enable it on PCs already exist
            More and more games are getting
            splitscreen on pc too
            Plus media stuff works best on PCs
            infact the ps4/xbone can’t read that
            hard drive/blu ray CD u have filled with
            movies/music/pictures and u need to
            pay $ony and micro$oft to buy/ rent
            movies/music etc
            Nvidia shield is a great example of how
            u can play HD games on the move I’m
            not saying its complete but its closer
            to complete than what ps4 and vita
            have
            Ps I’m not saying the psv is bad or
            anything nor am I putting u guys down
            its just a few facts I’ve learned the
            hard way after a lot of experience with
            all kinds of consoles and PCs

      2. drd7of14’s avatar

        Ps4 equals games you can’t get anywhere else.
        Wii U equals games you can’t get anywhere else.
        Xbox One equals games you can’t get anywhere else.

        You can buy a PC…and never have the games that come to these consoles. So yeah…getting a PS4 that will last you at least 6 years, with exclusive games that SONY is really good at publishing, is a much better alternative to a double the price machine, that will need a lot more investment to keep at peak efficiency. I love having a computer for these purposes, but it is expensive. And I still have a PS4. Why should it be either? If money is a factor, I’d go with the PS4, cause it gets most of what’s going to be on the PC for the next 6-10 years, plus games like Uncharted.

        Yeah…Definitely a better device for a $400 price point. Ya know, for those that don’t make enough money to put into an overclocked monster pc for 3-5 times the price. Hell…even trying to get what the PS4 has in it, would cost more than $400 right now. If you can afford it, it still is worth the money just for the fact that SONY owns some fantastic IPs.

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        1. shapeshifter0100’s avatar

          Lol if u really don’t belong to 2014 if u think PCs are more expensive than ps4 and are hungry monsters or something
          Google steam machines and see the prices of the compact cheap ones
          The games are nearly the same for consoles and PCs plus pc plays all gens and can emulate most consoles
          Plus since ps4 and xbone have underclocked pc x86 hardware all the games will reach pc with the exception of a few Sony titles
          Oculus rift is pc exclusive too and pc games are cheaper and higher quality

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  3. mangosteam’s avatar

    looks cool i myt plan to buy a slim version nxt year or more ,

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  4. oreo’s avatar

    This makes me jump for joy, even if i didn’t get a beta invite yet….. I would love to have my collection on the PS4. Of course it will cost be quite a bit to get that collection unfortunately, I hope they put a few PS1 and PS2 games on the Playstation Plus.

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  5. wickedchew’s avatar

    now im starting thinking to buy PS4

    Reply

  6. Mcgarrykeven123@yahoo.com’s avatar

    I think anyone who believes this is insane and should be put in a straight jacked just like the person who made the rumor…

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    1. mma_jedi’s avatar

      You been living in a hole lately? Sony had open singup on their site explaining this service and the chance to beta test over a week ago.

      Reply

  7. mma_jedi’s avatar

    I’m just hoping the Vita gets shown love too. Seems like it’s capable of running PS3/PS4. How can it not if it allows Remote Play/Second Screen already, right?

    Reply

    1. sawyer’s avatar

      you don’t know how remote play works, do you?

      Reply

  8. Zin Armagadan’s avatar

    I wish I didn’t miss out on this beta sign up =\

    Reply

  9. gunblade’s avatar

    Jus wanted to play ..hack// can’t realy find any pstwo games at gamestop shity realy.. I mean I use to be able to buy a lot at game stop but old school game mostly 64games and psone games though hoping the price r okay well psone fo vita about ten dallers or less so guess that works.

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  10. Balibari’s avatar

    Seems like a cool feature, but using it is probably gonna hog all the bandwidth in the house, so sadly it’s not an option for me.

    Reply

  11. Draven’s avatar

    I am one of the people who got an invite. Sweet. Can’t wait to check this out.

    Reply

  12. MilkySan’s avatar

    I want to try this beta, hope i get invited soon!

    Reply

  13. shapeshifter0100’s avatar

    Bullshit!! Ps4 = underclocked amd cpu +amd gpu for $800 in most countries (yes google the prices) and that’s just the base console
    So u can’t play any games from ur previous consoles on it and the ps4 games are $80 for a decent game and $50 for a sidekick game
    Instead on a PC with an amd cpu and gpu say with the same clockspeeds etc will set u back at $500 in most countries and will even play that old dusty game u had forgotten and will play games right upto 2018-2020 decently and can be upgraded for roughly $300 when the Ps6 comes out
    Steam OS will ensure a console like experience with any controller including a ps4/xbone controller
    Kinect for PC is coming out officially too the sdk and hacks for games to enable it on PCs already exist
    More and more games are getting splitscreen on pc too
    Plus media stuff works best on PCs infact the ps4/xbone can’t read that hard drive/blu ray CD u have filled with movies/music/pictures and u need to pay $ony and micro$oft to buy/ rent movies/music etc
    Nvidia shield is a great example of how u can play HD games on the move I’m not saying its complete but its closer to complete than what ps4 and vita have
    Ps I’m not saying the psv is bad or anything nor am I putting u guys down its just a few facts I’ve learned the hard way after a lot of experience with all kinds of consoles and PCs

    Reply

  14. shapeshifter0100’s avatar

    ^^@zin armagaddan

    Reply

  15. BlackFire27’s avatar

    They need to finish the PS2 emulator for PS3 first. Bunch of money hungry jerks.

    Reply

  16. mcallbosco’s avatar

    is psplus members to get a invited to betas. im a psplus member and one of the reasons i singed up is so i can be in beats. did i get a invite no. they should give all psplus members an invite.

    Reply

  17. Nazar_Ops’s avatar

    I thought PS NOW will already stream PS1 and PS2 games? Why the heck do we need a PS2 emulator if we will be able to play PS2 and PS1 games via PS Now?

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    1. CycloneFox’s avatar

      Nope. But if you think about it, that now makes kinda sense. Just think about the following two facts (I add a comment to each, to show, why I think that is important):

      1. There is already a codebase for a PSX/PS2 emulator, that was released in different (mostly just running PSX games) versions on the PSP, PS3, PS-Smartphone-Apps and PSVita. The only PS platform that’s yet left out is the PS4.
      -> That could be a hint, that Sony needs more time to develop the emulator, as downwards compatibility was not the highest priority. Which would mean (as the emulator runs PSX games great, already), Sony is working on the PS Emulators code base for some reason. Maybe implemenation of PS2 games, maybe upscaling the definition?

      2. Only PS3 games are confirmed for PS Plus.
      -> It is obvious, that PS3 games can not be included in the PS emulator, even when running on the PS4. So the only possibility t bring those games to the PS4 is streaming. But why not include PS1 and PS2 games? They wouldn’t even need as much resources. That leads back to the first fact.

      3. Rumor or not, the potential “Sony-near-source” talked about the official PS1/2 emulator for PS4 in relation to PS Now.
      -> What does streaming PS3 games have to do with emulation of PS1/2 games? Well that leads to the previous facts.

      I hope for some official announcement now, but am pretty certain, that this rumor at least makes perfect sense.

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      1. CycloneFox’s avatar

        argh. When I wrote “PS Plus” i meant “PS Now” of course.

        Reply

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