Sony has created a PlayStation Preservation Team - Ignites hopes for better emulation on PlayStation 5
Is Sony working on classic game emulation on PS5?
Published: 26th April 2022 | Source: Garrett Fredley - Senior Build Engineer at PlayStation |
Sony's working on PlayStation Preservation - What does that mean?
When compared to Xbox, PlayStation's game preservation efforts have been lacklustre. Xbox Series X/S supports a large number of games from the Xbox and Xbox 360 hardware generation and all Xbox One generation titles, while backwards compatibility on PlayStation 5 is limited to a majority of PlayStation 4 titles. Aside from some classic titles from PS2 and PlayStation, Sony's backwards compatibility efforts have been disappointing.
Beyond backwards compatibility, Microsoft's latest Xbox consoles can often run classic games at higher resolutions than their original counterparts, enable HDR support through Xbox' Auto HDR feature and enable higher framerates using the company's FPS Boost technology. Many classic Xbox games simply run best on Xbox Series X/S, and fans of classic Sony titles often need access to legacy hardware to enjoy these older games.
Sony has created a PlayStation Preservation Team
Garrett Fredley, a Senior Build Engineer at Sony PlayStation, has confirmed on LinkedIn that he is now part of Sony's "newly created Preservation team". At this time the exact purpose of this team remains unknown, though Sony's planned updates to PlayStation Plus suggest that Sony plans to grant PlayStation 5 users access to classic games on their consoles, both through emulation and game streaming.
Below is what Garrett Fredley had to say about Sony's PlayStation Preservation Team on Twitter.
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!
Is PlayStation 3 emulation coming to PlayStation 5?
One often requested feature from Sony is PlayStation 3 emulation. Xbox One and Xbox Series consoles both support Xbox 360 game emulation (for supported titles), and Sony currently doesn't any form of PlayStation 3 support on any of their newer hardware platforms. As more and more PlayStation 3 systems age and break, there is a risk that the system's vast library of games will not be adequately preserved for future gamers. Beyond that, many PlayStation fans would love to see Xbox-like enhancements for classic PlayStation 3 titles on Sony's latest systems. The Killzone series would look great with a 4K resolution upgrade, as would games like Motorstorm.
At this time, it is unknown what Sony's PlayStation Preservation Team wants to achieve, but strong emulation for classic games on PlayStation 5 should be a priority for Sony. This would enhance the company's PlayStation Plus subscription service and take away take away backwards compatibility as an advantage that Microsoft's console has over their Sony competitors.