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Game Dev Not Sold On PS2 Emulation On PS4 Or Backwards Compatibility

by Damian Seeto

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PS2 emulation on PS4 has had a mixed reception even since it was revealed late last year. The reception is polarizing that even game developers aren’t fully onboard with the idea.

GamingBolt had a chance to interview Bloober Team’s Rafał Basaj who developed Layers of Fear not too long ago. Basaj doesn’t seem to be a fan of PS2 emulation on PS4 when the site asked him about it.

He said: “To be honest, I actually don’t care about it that much. I have never sold a console after its time, and I come back to my GameCube quite regularly. It’s just not a selling feature for me.”

It’s understandable that he’s not sold on PS2 emulation for the PS4 because gamers have to rebuy games as if they are new. The wording of his quote also suggests that he’s not really a fan of backwards compatibility either.

This is because he keeps all of his consoles and doesn’t feel the need for backwards compatibility. Many gamers love it because they tend to sell their old systems in order to have enough funds to buy a new one. That, or they cannot fit so many consoles in the house at one time.

Basaj shares a similar opinion to 11 bit Studios’ Karol Zajaczkowsk who was asked the same question back in December. Zajaczkowsk reckons only 5 percent of PS4 owners are actually interested in the PS2 emulator.

Do you agree with the game developers that PS2 emulation and backwards compatibility are not system sellers? Let us know in the comments section below.

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