RPCSX, the PlayStation 4 emulator, can now boot Sonic Mania

RPCSX, the PlayStation 4 emulator, can now boot Sonic Mania

A PlayStation 4 emulator is in the works, and it can already boot some PS4 games

In case you were unaware, the team behind the popular RPCS3 PlayStation 3 emulator has started working on a new emulator called RPCSX, a PlayStation 4 emulator, and we are happy to confirm that this new emulator is already able to boot some PlayStation 4 titles. 

In a new video from BrutalSam, the RPCSX emulator has been shown running Sonic Mania at 45 FPS on a test system that features an Intel i7-6700K processor and an RTX 2060 processor. The emulator has also been shown running We Are Doomed, but no games are currently playable using the emulator as the emulator does not currently support controller inputs. 

RPCSX is in an early stage of development, so gamers should not expect to be able to run Bloodborne, The Last of Us Part II, or any other major AAA PlayStation 4 release anytime soon. That said, the progress that has been made so far with the emulator so far has been impressive, and we look forward to seeing how RPCSX’s development progresses. 

While Sony are re-releasing many of their PlayStation 4 era titles on PC, there will inevitably be titles that will never make a PlayStation-to-PC cross-over. For these titles, emulation will be vital for their long-term preservation, especially as PlayStation 4 hardware breaks, or if Sony choose to abandon PlayStation 4 backwards compatibility with future PlayStation consoles.

RPCSX is not the only PlayStation 4 emulator that is in the works. At the time of writing, Spline is currently the most advanced PlayStation 4 emulator, and there are other teams that are building PlayStation 4 emulators. RPCSX is just the latest PlayStation 4 emulator to starts its development, and with its backing from the RPCS3 team, we can expect this emulator to advance quickly thanks to the team’s existing emulation expertise. 

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