PlayStation 5: Is Sony Working On Local PlayStation 3 Emulation?

TECH NEWS – It may not be only from the cloud that we can play games from the two previous console generations.


According to Jeff Grubb, writing for VentureBeat, Sony is working behind the scenes to emulate PlayStation 3 games on PlayStation 5, meaning you don’t have to stream from the cloud, as the PS5 hardware is beefy enough to run PS3 titles locally. Sony is making these available as part of its PlayStation Plus Premium subscription: 340 PS1, PS2, PS3 and PSP games. Most of them can be downloaded to run locally, but for PlayStation 3 titles, you can only stream them…

Grubb said, “Since talking about this all week, I’ve looked, I’ve asked… it sounds like Sony might be working on emulation for PlayStation 3 on PlayStation 5. It may take some time. I wish they would come out and tell us that. Tell us that you care about this stuff because that is what was missing from the PS Plus announcement… to me, it seemed like they didn’t care about any of it. They just slapped it together, put a new name on it and sold it.” It was the case with PS2 Classics, albeit on a much smaller scale when PlayStation 2 games were run on PlayStation 4 in emulation.

It may be difficult to emulate because of the PlayStation 3’s unique architecture and Cell processor. Still, the RPCS3 emulator is slowly getting a foothold on PC, and there’s a chance it could be on console. Night Dive Studios developer and YouTube contributor ModernVintageGamer wrote on Twitter, “PlayStation 3 emulation is possible on PlayStation 5 hardware. However, Sony has never been interested in investing the millions to make it happen.”

But think about it… many games are currently ONLY available on PlayStation 3! Besides Killzone, Ratchet & Clank, Resistance, and several members of the inFAMOUS franchise, Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots is only playable locally on that platform (it can be played on newer hardware from the cloud, but that’s not the point). Nowhere else. And Sony probably SHOULD take this seriously instead of erasing the past…

Source: VGC

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