The PlayStation 4 might be getting its first PlayStation 2 games, if recent listings from European software ratings board PEGI are to be believed.
A PS4 release on the PlayStation Network Store would mark the first digital retail versions for Ape Escape 2 and Dark Cloud 2. Twisted Metal: Black previously made it to the PlayStation 3 as a downloadable PS2 classic on the PSN.
PlayStation 2 games have been available on the PSN for several years, while none are currently available on the PlayStation 4. These three titles' appearance on PEGI's "New Games" list suggests that PS2 games could finally be coming to the PS4. The PS4 does not currently offer backward compatibility with any previous PlayStation console, disc-based or digitally.
We spoke to Shuhei Yoshida, president of Sony Computer Entertainment worldwide, at E3 about the console's lack of previous generation support. This conversation came on the heels of Microsoft's announcement that the Xbox One would be receiving support for Xbox 360 games.
Yoshida told us that Sony still had no intention of implementing backward compatibility for its current generation console. "I don't think we will change our approach," he told us.
Instead, Yoshida emphasized the PlayStation Now service, which does offer a limited number of PS3 games for gamers to rent. PlayStation Now is available on PS3 and PS4 consoles, as well as certain Sony and Samsung devices.
Although Yoshida seemed steadfast about the console's focus on the present and the future over the past, he did add that, while the addition of backward compatibility would be "hard," "I won't say we'll never do it ... if it was easy we would have done [it]."
While Sony has not officially confirmed the arrival of these three PS2 titles or any others to its current console, its Tokyo Game Show event tomorrow might reveal answers, and prove that the company has found its easy method.