Classic PlayStation 2 games ready to run on the PlayStation 4

Sony is bringing fan-favorite PlayStation 2 games to its current-generation console. But you still have to buy the game even if you own the title on a PS2 disc.

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Eight classic PS2 games are ready to be played on the PS4.


Been waiting to play some of your favorite classic Sony PlayStation 2 games on your PS4 console? Well, now you can, for a price.

PS4 owners will be able to download and play PS2 games via the PlayStation Store in the Americas and Europe, Sony said in a press release Friday.

The Japanese electronics company showed off PS2 games like Rogue Galaxy and Dark Cloud running in high-definition on a PS4 in a video published to its YouTube page. However, the video ends with a warning some gamers might not like: "PS2 Classics and PS2-formatted discs are incompatible with the PS4 system."

That means gamers won't be able to pop a PS2 game disc into the current-generation console and start playing away. If you want to play that title on the PlayStation 4, you'll have to buy a new PS4-compatible version. Sony said PS4-compatible titles will come with upgrades.

This appears to be an almost opposite approach to that of Sony's main console rival, Microsoft. The Redmond, Washington-based tech giant plans to make all Xbox 360 video games work on its current Xbox One console for "free." Gamers who purchased an Xbox 360 game, either as a digital download or on a physical disc, will be able to play that game on the Xbox One without paying any more money. In November, Microsoft revealed the first 104 Xbox 360 games that now work on the Xbox One.

Sony last month said it has sold more than 30.2 million PlayStation 4 video game consoles around the world since the console went on sale in November 2013, outpacing other current-generation consoles like the Xbox One and Nintendo's Wii U.

The first PS2 games available now for the PlayStation 4 are War of the Monsters, Rogue Galaxy, The Mark of Kri, Dark Cloud, Grand Theft Auto III, Grand Theft Auto Vice City, Grand Theft Auto San Andreas and Twisted Metal Black. The games range in price from $10 to $15 (£6.62 to £9.93).

Correction, December 5 at 7:30 a.m. PT: The original version of this story misstated the release date for the PlayStation 4. It went on sale in November 2013.