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.

Thread beginning with comment 653152
To view parent comment, click here.
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
RE: Comment by FlyingJester
by ssokolow on Wed 24th Jan 2018 00:43 UTC in reply to "Comment by FlyingJester"
Member since:

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.

Edited 2018-01-24 00:45 UTC

Reply Parent Score: 2

RE[2]: Comment by FlyingJester
by raom on Wed 24th Jan 2018 02:39 in reply to "RE: Comment by FlyingJester"
raom Member since:

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.

Reply Parent Score: 0

ssokolow Member since:

Fair enough. As a matter of policy, if I can't play it on commodity hardware with some degree open-source emulation insulating the closed-source game from the platform, I just don't play it at all.

(At minimum, Wine or a container to ensure that stuff written for old x86 is more or less guaranteed to work on much newer x86... like the 16-bit Windows games I still play.)

Even with that restriction, I already have more entertainment than I know what to do with and that gap is only growing.

(Plus, it gives me the freedom to swap in whatever controller I want. For example, an original DualShock for PSX, the brand new Gamecube controller I bought from Japan during the Wii era, or one of my 360 controllers. I've actually been playing Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles for PSP with a SNES controller.)

Edited 2018-01-24 08:27 UTC

Reply Parent Score: 1

RE[3]: Comment by FlyingJester
by zima on Thu 25th Jan 2018 21:16 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by FlyingJester"
zima Member since:

playing from an internal hard drive

I assume only "thick" models (IIRC only they had the option of internal HDD ...or perhaps also a USB-connected HDD or pendrive with "slim" models"?), by way of some modded firmware?

Reply Parent Score: 2