Xbox Series X is now backwards compatible with the PS2
A new piece of emulation software can run PS2 games on the new Xbox consoles, but it’s still in development and may not be entirely legal.
One of the key features of the Xbox Series X/S is its backwards compatibility, which lets the console play practically any game that ran on the Xbox One and earlier Xbox formats.
But now it’s been discovered that, through emulation software, Xbox owners can also play PlayStation 2 games.
As detailed in a video by Modern Vintage Gamer, a PlayStation 2 emulator from RetroArch (which specialises in free, cross-platform emulators) can run on the console, through some tinkering with the Developer Mode.
Developer Mode was also available on the Xbox One and lets you use the console to develop your own software.
The video shows footage of a variety of PlayStation 2 games being played on an Xbox Series S, including the original God Of War, Metal Gear Solid 2, and Shadow Of The Colossus, all of which appear to run very smoothly for the most part.
However, it’s not perfect. The video notes that there are occasional bugs and stability issues when running these games and, because the emulator is limited to only 2GB, it can’t run particularly large games.
Though it may be tempting to test this out for yourself (especially since this means the Xbox Series X/S could theoretically play games from other consoles, like the GameCube or PlayStation Portable), running emulation software more than likely violates Microsoft’s terms and agreements.
A PlayStation 5 patent spotted in July suggests that Sony intends on expanding the console’s backwards compatibility via a cloud-based system.
It would essentially be its own emulator, capable of playing games from the PlayStation 1, 2, and 3, but there has been no official statement from Sony.
For now, the PlayStation 5 can only play the majority of PlayStation 4 games, with some gaining additional benefits like improved frame rates.
The Xbox Series X and S is available now.
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