Let's be honest: when it comes to backwards compatibility, Sony's been playing catch-up for a while now. The PlayStation 4 has sold three times as many units as its competition, and yet, Sony still hasn't really wrapped its head around the idea of playing old games on a new console.
That's not to say that the publisher isn't getting better: at the PlayStation Experience event a few weeks ago, Sony confirmed that some select classic PlayStation 2 titles would be available for purchase on the PlayStation 4 immediately. While this was obviously good news for PlayStation fans, it came with one major caveat: only eight PlayStation 2 games would be available on PS4 when the program launched.
No one's going to argue the quality of the games on offer, but the available titles are only a fraction of the PlayStation 2's immense library. Even with more on the way, the service is seemingly off to a slow start - maybe that's why Sony is now asking the fans exactly what they want to see.
Loving all the PS2 on PS4 feedback! Use #ps2ps4 for your wish list suggestions so we can easily aggregate them all. We are listening...
— Dave Thach (@davethach) December 9, 2015
While it's clear that Sony already had plans to release more games for the service (PaRappa the Rappa 2...thank you Sony), it's still a little strange that they kicked everything off with such a small number of titles. Granted, the PS2 games on PlayStation 4 aren't just running off of old discs: each game is up-rendered to run at 1080p, which means that they'll actually look good on a 60" HDTV. It's a worthwhile trade-off...but it's still kind of weird that Sony started with less than ten classic PS2 titles.
In terms of future PS2-to-PS4 titles, Sony has already mentioned Gran Turismo, Yakuza 2, Persona and the Shin Megami Tensei titles, but any other titles currently in the works are still under wraps. All things considered, it'd be pretty strange to have an updated PS2 library without the some of the console's heaviest hitters: Jak & Daxter, Final Fantasy X, Killzone, Ratchet & Clank or God of War are just a few of the games that come to mind.
Also, is God Hand in 1080p too much to ask for?
Expect to see more and more of Sony's classic PS2 games make their way to PlayStation 4 throughout the coming months.