Backwards compatibility is a function that is undoubtedly associated with Xbox consoles. Sony has decided to limit the option, offering only the compatibility of most PS4 games with PS5. However, if we want to play older titles from the Japanese company on the new platform, we have such option. As it turns out, we can run classics PS2 games on ninth-generation hardware. This is made possible by one of the new consoles from Microsoft - Xbox Series S.
The question arises: how is it possible that games from PS2 work on XSS? Well, we can run the developer mode on the console. It enables us to launch the Universal Windows Platform interface, making it easier to write applications running on Windows 10, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S. It is thanks to it that we can run the RetroArch emulator, enabling us to play games from Sony's iconic hardware.
An example of what PS2 games look like on the console can be seen in the video posted on the Modern Vintage Gamer channel on YouTube. On this material we see many classic Sony exclusives, including Shadow of the Colossus, Silent Hill 2 and Gran Turismo 4, launched on Xbox Series S. However, the author points out that the solution is not perfect and while playing we can experience, among others, fps drops, texture errors and problems with sound playback.
So we can say that backwards compatibility on Xbox Series S has taken on new meaning. With the help of this console, we can run not only titles from previous generations of Microsoft hardware, but also from a competitive platform.
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