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PlayStation Is Apparently Getting Serious About Its Retro Library

The company created a game preservation team, according to a new employee.

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PlayStation has a massive library of classic games, and the company has apparently formed a team to preserve them.
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As PlayStation prepares to make hundreds of classic games playable on PS5 via its upgraded PlayStation Plus this summer, it's seemingly taking steps to conserve its retro library. The Sony-owned video game giant formed a new preservation team, as revealed by a new hire's LinkedIn and Twitter posts.

"Today is my first day as a Senior Build Engineer for PlayStation, working as one of their initial hires for the newly created Preservation team!" Garrett Fredley wrote Monday. "Game Preservation was my first career passion. It was my first foray into the world of Software Engineering / Dev Ops, and into a world that so many are unaware of."

Fredley's previous experience includes a stint at EA, where he led preservation of the FIFA franchise. For those curious about his work, he also pointed to a presentation he gave at Game Developers Conference 2019.

Last year, PlayStation drew criticism for its decision to close the PS3, PS Vita, and PSP digital stores -- making it harder to access those old systems' libraries. It  backtracked and said the store would remain open on PS3 and PS Vita, but PSP access was cut off as planned

PlayStation didn't immediately respond to a request for comment about the game preservation team.