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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RE[2]: Comment by FlyingJester
by raom on Wed 24th Jan 2018 02:39 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by FlyingJester"
raom
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2016-06-26

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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ssokolow Member since:
2010-01-21

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

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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:
2005-07-06

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?

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