PS4 Hackers Figure Out PS2 Emulation
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Ever since the PlayStation Portable was infamously cracked wide open, Sony consoles have become a source of focus and pride for the homebrew development scene, even as Sony’s measures to combat them have scaled up accordingly. Now, a fascinating new development has come to light. Homebrew hackers have figured out how to get PlayStation 2 games to run on PlayStation 4s.

The software runs much like PlayStation emulation worked back on the PlayStation Portable. Homebrew hackers essentially reverse-engineered the “wrapper” used for the official PlayStation 2 on PlayStation 4 line, allowing users to inject their own PlayStation 2 ISO files into the software. This allows pretty much any PlayStation 2 game to run using the same software shell as official releases.

There is a catch, of course. First of all, custom firmware stuff is risky business, for a variety of obvious reasons. Second, the current hacked firmware requires a PlayStation 4 to have the 4.05 firmware, which is from 2016. Running anything beyond that means no dice. So while most users won’t be able to easily play with this stuff, it’s a cool technical milestone either way.

Source: Digital Foundry 

Lucas White
Lucas White

Writing Team Lead
Date: 01/23/2018

01/23/2018 06:25PM


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