Sony Hiring To Possibly Improve Classic Backward Compatible Titles

Recent job listing suggests that the company is working to "develop new emulators".

Nostalgia is a major selling point for any industry in the world. We have seen how remakes based on old movies and video games sell like hot cakes, for example, Resident Evil 2. One easier way to allow fans to play older games is by making consoles backward compatible. 

Microsoft has been doing it for a while with the feature being available on both Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S. Sony has finally started to make games backward compatible with the PS5 allowing older PS4 games to run. The new PS Plus from the company also makes a lot of classic titles available to play. 

However, a lot of these titles aren’t present natively yet and you have to stream them. Players were happy to know that they can play older games but streaming is always a hassle. Recently, we came across a new job listing which suggests that Sony could be working to improve this feature.

Sony is hiring a Software Development Engineer to work on its library of classic games and make them better. The job listing tells us that this new candidate will become a part of the team for the sole reason of supporting the classics. All the older PlayStation games launched on the new PS Plus fall under this category.

Sony PlayStation Job listing
Recently published job listing from Sony for the Software Development Engineer position.

We know how the brand new PlayStation Plus allows old games to run on the consoles through emulation. “Legacy games” is the name that this job listing gives to the older PlayStation titles. Sony has hired a group of “Classics” engineers to work on all of these games, including the ones running on emulators.

As the job listing suggests, the new hire will be a part of this team and work for the betterment of these older games. Responsibilities include “fixing bugs,” “adding new features” to the games, and “developing new emulators.” Other engineers and producers will also help out with this task.

Probably the most important line in this job listing is the one that mentions new emulators. Old PS Vita and PS3 games don’t have native support on the PS Plus as of yet. So, maybe this line is hinting that the company is currently working to add support for these titles.

The rest of the job listing is pretty basic and just lists the requirements of this job. It’s really exciting to see that Sony may be working to add PS3 support to the new PS Plus. Even though this is just our interpretation and speculation as of now, we hope it turns out to be true.

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Ahmed Mansoor

Your average video games enjoyer with a deep passion for single-player adventures who writes about his favorite hobby.