PlayStation apparently takes its retro library seriously

As PlayStation prepares to make hundreds of classic games playable on PS5 through its Updated PlayStation Plus this summer, it seems to be taking steps to keep its library retro. The Sony-owned video game giant has formed a new preservation team, as revealed by LinkedIn and Twitter posts.

“Today is my first day as a lead construction engineer for PlayStation, working as one of their first recruits for the newly created Preservation Team!” Garrett Fredley wrote on Monday. “Game preservation was my first professional passion. It was my first foray into the world of software engineering/Dev Ops, and into a world that so many people ignore.”

Fredley’s previous experience includes a stint at EA, where he led the preservation of the FIFA franchise. For those curious about his work, he also highlighted a presentation he gave at the 2019 Game Developers Conference.

Last year, PlayStation drew criticism for its decision to close PS3, PS Vita and PSP digital stores — making it more difficult to access the libraries of these older systems. He backed up and said the store was going remain open on PS3 and PS Vitabut PSP access was cut as expected.

PlayStation did not immediately respond to a request for comment from the game’s preservation team.

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