The experimental PS3 emulator RPCS3 has gone a long way, and February has been a month rich in changes for the PS3 Emulator. It’s been a while since we last covered progress on RPCS3, and the changes are pretty impressive.
The PS3 emulator that keeps improving
The RPCS3 team published an in-depth report of what has been improved over the last few weeks. Changes include dramatic graphics improvements that made many more games compatible* with the emulator, improvements with gamepad support, and a bunch of bugfixes. Amongst game that properly load are Persona 5, Atelier Rorona, Totori, Meruru, Ayesha, Ar Tonelico Qoga, Trinity Universe, Tekken 6, and Project Diva F 2nd. I won’t paraphrase the article and instead encourage you to read it directly on the team’s blog.
Checking the compatibility list, at the time of this writing, almost 94 games are considered playable, and more than 300 additional games actually load properly.
Persona 5 now loads in the RPCS3 emulator thanks to recent updates
Maybe even more interesting are the goals of the developers for RPCS3 in the months to come. Improving Compatibility is high on their list, as well as improving experience specifically for Linux, and overall making the emulator more user friendly by automating some of the tasks such as picking appropriate sprx files. The ultimate goal, of course, would be to totally emulate the PS3, to support things such as loading games directly from PS3 discs, support peripherals, and remove the need to load the PS3 firmware within the emulator.
In other news, RPCS3’s new lead developer Nekotekina has started a patreon campaign to be able to work on RPCS3 full time. If you’re a user of the RPCS3 emulator, or expect to see more improvements in the months to come, consider supporting his campaign.
Source rpcs3, thanks to ssshadow for the heads up!
* “Playable” levels are heavily depending on your PC’s performance, and some games considered “playable” might run at very low framerates on low-to-mid level PCs. The video below shows Spyro Dawn of the dragon (a game not considered “playable” yet due to other issues) running pretty much full speed on a beefy gaming machine: