Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 23rd Jan 2018 22:35 UTC

After years of work, hackers have finally managed to unlock the PS4 hardware with an exploit that lets the system run homebrew and pirated PS4 software. In a somewhat more surprising discovery, those hackers have also unlocked the ability to run many PS2 games directly on the console, using the same system-level emulation that powers legitimate PlayStation Classics downloads.

That's actually quite useful. Too bad this requires hacking and cracking, instead of it simply being a legitimate option. I have quite a few PS2 games I'd love to play directly on my PS4, instead of having to buy remasters.

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Comment by FlyingJester
by FlyingJester on Wed 24th Jan 2018 00:25 UTC
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It's still just emulation. A real PS2 isn't extremely expensive, even the older and much more reliable "thick" consoles.

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RE: Comment by FlyingJester
by ssokolow on Wed 24th Jan 2018 00:43 in reply to "Comment by FlyingJester"
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We wore out our original "thick" PS2 and two free "Disc Read Error" replacements from Sony before their position on replacement changed to "buy a PS3".

As far as I'm concerned, the only thing the original PS2 unit is good for is dumping the BIOS so the games and built-like-a-tank controllers can be plugged into PCSX2 without stepping outside the bounds of Fair Use.

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RE[2]: Comment by FlyingJester
by raom on Wed 24th Jan 2018 02:39 in reply to "RE: Comment by FlyingJester"
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But the PS2 had the worst controller of it's generation. Those pressure-sensitive buttons everywhere come at the cost of lots of button misses if you pressed softly, the D-pad is unplayable for any 2D fighter. It's still good to have if you have an old CRT around, playing from an internal hard drive, like I do. PS2 emulation is nowhere near as complete as Gamecube emulation.

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