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Sony defends PS2 classic pricing on PS4

Playstation’s Shuhei Yoshida has defended the controversial pricing model of PS2 classics on PS4.

There are only a handful of PS2 titles available on PS4 at the moment, but it seems players aren’t too happy about the pricing.

Games currently range from £7.99 to £11.99, with open world games such as Rogue Galaxy and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas being the most expensive.

In a recent Playstation Nation podcast, Sony Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida spoke out about Sony’s pricing decision, and the technology behind the emulation software.

Yoshida said that emulation comes with a cost, making specific mention of each game’s 1080p/60fps performance and PS4 specific features.

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“We are also able to add Trophies; some people really care about Trophies,” Yoshida said.

“So we can provide that. And it takes some time for our staff and QA and licensing and everything to bring back these games. So it takes us time and cost. So we felt that we should charge.”

Yoshida explained that PS4 emulation provides a graphical upgrade that make for a far better experience, and additional features justify a potential second purchase.

It is unfortunate that there is no Crossbuy option for PS2 classics already available on PS3, a huge oversight on Sony’s part.

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All current PS2 classics support trophies, cloud saves and remote play from the PS Vita and some Sony smartphones.

The latest game to come to PS4 is Parappa The Rapper 2. King of Fighters 2000 and Rockstar’s Max Payne may also be on the way.

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