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

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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Choices
by Earl C Pottinger on Wed 24th Jan 2018 01:54 UTC
Earl C Pottinger
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2008-07-12

The problem comes down to the fact that companies are trying to max the amount of money they can get from you by trying to force you to buy all the software again.

However, I sometimes wonder if the sales of the latest hardware would increase to the point of making up for lost sales of the software.

Note: I am talking long term where I hope people will buy hardware because they know how many games it will play. The more I think of it, the more foolish that sounds to me, for all I know the hardware is sold with very little profit and all the real money comes from software.

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RE: Choices
by OSner on Wed 24th Jan 2018 07:55 in reply to "Choices"
OSner Member since:
2017-09-25

PlayStation: Pay up to play PS2 games. Keep paying for PS+ if you want to keep the "free" games you get with it.

Xbox: Backwards compatible with 360 AND OG Xbox for free. Keep the games you get for free with Live Gold forever.

We'll have to wait and see how Nintendo handles it.

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RE[2]: Choices
by daedalus on Wed 24th Jan 2018 09:08 in reply to "RE: Choices"
daedalus Member since:
2011-01-14

Up until the Wii U they've been pretty excellent and consistent with their backwards compatibility - practically all games from the previous generation were playable. It's a little different now that the Switch doesn't take disc media so it'll probably end up the same way as the others unfortunately, remastered versions of previous games only available from the store.

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