Are the Downloadable Star Wars Games our First Taste of PS4 Backwards Compatibility?

When Sony announced the limited edition of the Star Wars Battlefront 500GB console for the PS4, which features Darth Vader’s face and a stupid controller featuring his robotic chest panel, they had also revealed that the console would come bundled with a few games. These games that have been tossed into the melting pot of Star Wars merchandise raise an interesting question, however.

“This Limited Edition Star Wars Battlefront PlayStation 4 Bundle will immerse you in the epic Star Wars battles you’ve always dreamed of and let you create new heroic moments of your own on the world’s most popular next gen. gaming system. Featuring a fully customized PlayStation 4 and DualShock 4 wireless controller inspired by Darth Vader, there’s no better place for the ultimate Star Wars fan to live out their Star Wars battle fantasies. This PlayStation 4 Limited Edition Star Wars Battlefront bundle also includes a voucher containing four Star Wars Classics.” This is the description for the PS4 Bundle that had been posted on the official PlayStation website. The ridiculous statement that the Darth Vader decal that has been slapped on the console will by any means make your gaming experience more immersive is besides the point. What is really intriguing is that fact that four Star Wars Classics will be available for download on PSN.

Regardless if you purchase the bundle or simply log into PSN, you will be able to download older PS2 generation games such as Super Star Wars, Star Wars: Racer Revenge, Star Wars Jedi Starfighter, and the most exciting of them all, Star Wars: Bounty Hunter. All of which will feature improved graphics from their original versions as well as have trophy support. This could not be bigger news. Yes, it’s old news, but it’s interesting that more people are not talking about it as this could be viewed as Sony taking a low risk chance in taking a small silent step-toward backwards compatibility. They are taking advantage of the current resurgence of the Star Wars craze to sneak in a few older titles and see how they fair on the PS4. Star Wars is the camouflage that the PS1 and PS2 games have been waiting for. Sony has been hearing fans clamoring for backwards compatibility for awhile now and this could be their way of testing the waters with how the system will hold up with them.

There have been plenty of rumors circulating around that backward compatibility is going to be happening and with the reveal of the invite-only survey for the next PS4 update, it couldn’t be clearer. It seems as though Sony is trying to get a general hold on what players are looking for and if they actually want it. In the survey, Sony had asked players, “which of the below do you feel are the most important features that should be added?” Both PS2 and PS1 classics were options to be marked off and it’s assumed that basically everyone and their brother had checked off these two boxes during their survey. Nevertheless players will get their hands on PS2 games regardless of how the survey turns out very soon. Players who either purchased the bundle or bought one or two of the games individually will be playing PS2 games on their PS4 far before the release of the next PS4 update.

This could be the test run to see how well the games function on the PS4 without them dumping a whole lot of risk into it. If the games receive some good feedback, it is possible that we could see PS2 games hit the system within the end of the year. If the games bomb and suffer from a lot of bugs and issues, however, then we could be waiting up until 2017 or later to see these games appear on our PS4. This would give Sony more time to update their hardware and decipher just how to make these old classics playback on the newer systems without a flaw. Either way, it’s hard not to look forward to playing Star Wars: Bounty Hunter when it hits the market