PlayStation 4 to Emulate PS1 & PS2 Games
According to a report from Digital Foundry, the PlayStation 4 will be getting an on-system emulator for the PlayStation 1 & PlayStation 2. Sony has been working on the up-scaling issue so games don’t look pixelated and have jagged edges. The intent is that games look closer to the HD Remasters that have been released on PSN and the PlayStation 3.
Sony is still working on their PlayStation Now streaming service, but this is definitely another win for the PS4 if it’s pulled off correctly.
The images below are from Gran Tourismo 4 (PS2) running on the PC emulator, PCSX2. There is a dramatic difference in quality when the game is scaled to fit versus being properly upscaled with anti-aliasing and texture filtering.
Sony should just work the PCSX2 Team – over 85% of PS2 games are playable on the PC with the right hardware.
One thing I noticed is how well RPGs and cell shaded games scale with a bit of anti-aliasing and some tweaks. Check out Kingdom Hearts upscaled in 1080P:
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Aside from text, this looks pretty close to HD 1.5 Remix.