Xbox Series X|S can emulate PS2 games more successfully than the PS5

PS5 Digital Edition vs. Xbox Series S
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In a shocking turn of events, it seems like the Xbox Series X|S is capable of emulating PS2 games, while Sony's latest console still can't. PlayStation fans have been begging Sony to implement complete backwards compatibility on the PS4 and PS5 for a long time, so there's an amusing bit of irony in someone getting this to work on a Microsoft console.

However, it's not like the Xbox Series X|S can do this easily, as you can't just insert a PS2 disc and expect it to start working. It's a bit more complicated than that, requiring an actual emulator along with the console being on "Developer Mode."

As reported by VG247, with "Developer Mode" enabled on the Xbox Series S, YouTuber Modern Vintage Gamer was able to run God of War, Okami and Shadow of the Colossus through the emulator RetroArch.

RetroArch is a program that is free to use and open-source, allowing users to run game engines, emulators and other applications. You can even use your Xbox controller to play these games. Theoretically, this software should even work on the Xbox Series X.

However, RetroArch hasn't proven to be the greatest fit for the Xbox. It seems as if not every PS2 game is playable, as games can only be downloaded at a 2GB maximum. If a title is larger than this, it will be incompatible.

This situation is pretty amusing, as we can now claim that Xbox successfully runs PS2 games while PS5 does not. Obviously, the effort required to get this to work on an Xbox is pretty high, but at least it's possible.

At this point, we're just hoping Sony somehow figures out a way to make the PS5 backwards compatible with all of its previous consoles. Not only can the Xbox Series X|S play games from the Xbox, Xbox 360 and Xbox One, but it seems it can now play PS2 games too. Sony needs to step up its game.

Momo Tabari
Contributing Writer

Self-described art critic and unabashedly pretentious, Momo finds joy in impassioned ramblings about her closeness to video games. She has a bachelor’s degree in Journalism & Media Studies from Brooklyn College and five years of experience in entertainment journalism. Momo is a stalwart defender of the importance found in subjectivity and spends most days overwhelmed with excitement for the past, present and future of gaming. When she isn't writing or playing Dark Souls, she can be found eating chicken fettuccine alfredo and watching anime.