Sony has apparently set up a new department focusing on game preservation, at least according to an employee’s LinkedIn profile. Garrett Fredley recently announced that he had joined PlayStation as a senior build engineer, working under their newly established ‘preservation’ team.
Fredley enthusiastically updated his LinkedIn profile with a message announcing that he had joined PlayStation’s game preservation team, which appears to be a new department.
Fredley’s full message reads:
“Today is my first day as a Senior Build Engineer for PlayStation, working as one of their initial hires for the newly created Preservation team!
Game Preservation was my first career passion. It was my first foray into the world of Software Engineering / Dev Ops, and into a world that so many are unaware of. I was just a novice back then, contributing any way I could regardless of my inexperience. Now, I’m back to it, no longer the novice I once was.
Thank you Mike Bishop and the team for bringing me on board for this adventure. Let’s go and ensure our industry’s history isn’t forgotten!”
PlayStation establishing a game preservation team doesn’t come as a surprise considering that they’re about to launch their revamped PlayStation Plus, which includes a Premium tier that bundles legacy titles from PlayStation’s history dating all the way back to PS1.
Having a team dedicated to game preservation will not only ensure that legacy titles aren’t forgotten about (and hopefully preserved through legal emulation or other means), but also get into the good books of gamers who felt that PlayStation weren’t doing as much as Xbox to preserve video games. With a historical library as expansive as PlayStation’s, game preservation should be a must.
However, Sony hasn’t officially revealed a game preservation team though we can probably expect more details to arrive closer to the launch of the new PlayStation Plus tiers this June.
Source: Garrett Fredley