PlayStation 2 games on the PlayStation 4 have prompted the closest thing to a backlash in the PlayStation Nation [Sorry – Ed] for years. Sony's charging between $9.99 and $14.99 for the re-releases, but some people think that they should be free for people that either own the original DVDs or bought them on the PlayStation 3. However, the manufacturer has pointed out that bringing the titles across to its new-gen system is not an inexpensive endeavour.
"We are able to add Trophies; some people really care about Trophies," Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida said on a podcast. "So we can provide that. And it takes some time for our staff and quality assurance and licensing and everything to bring back these games. So it takes us time and cost. So we felt that we should charge."
It's a tricky one: it also requires time and money to port titles like Journey to the PS4, but Sony offered it as a cross-buy release. As such, it's set the precedent which is coming back to haunt it here. We reckon that disc support is too much to ask, but as this point, if someone already purchased a game as a PS2 Classic on the PS3, then the company should probably consider eating the costs – it's not like it's going to break the bank or anything.