RPCS3 – The PS3 emulator for the PC that can play a decent amount of games!
A few years ago, most of us would have laughed at the notion of having a PS3 emulator that actually does something. Thanks to hundreds (more like thousands!) of hours dedicated to the emulator by the RPCS3 team, we can now play some PS3 games on our PCs!
What’s RPCS3 and what can I play?
RPCS3 is an open-source emulator for the PS3 that runs on Windows and Linux computers. After years of development, the game compatibility list has been greatly diversified and now, about 278 games are rated as playable on the official compatibility list!
A few days ago, I decided to give RPCS3 a go on the laptop I’m currently using and it left me with my mouth open! I could actually play Project Diva F @ 720p with only little stutter, which thankfully wasn’t enough to render the game non-enjoyable (on most songs at least). The relevant specs of my laptop are:
- Core i5-3230M @ 2.6GHz (dual-core + HT enabled)
- 8GB DDR3 1333MHz RAM
- Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
- Radeon HD 8750M
As you can see, it’s not some state-of-the-art latest gaming laptop so that means that RPCS3 can be used on mid-range systems from a few years back with varying rates of success depending on what you’re playing! Thanks to various optimisations, you will be able to run some PS3 games, even exclusives, on your computer depending on how powerful it is.
Lots of work has been done on getting Persona 5, a recent release, working the best it could on RPCS3 and some people have already finished it solely on RPCS3 since you can get 15-60FPS in the game if you have a beefy enough system.
Great! What do I need to start gaming then?
To start playing PS3 games on your computer, simply follow the quick start guide linked below.
Remember, you must have a system that’s at least somewhat beefy in order to get anything working at decent speeds. You should also have the latest video drivers for the best Vulkan support (or to avoid a BSOD – my drivers were a tad too old and RPCS3 crashed the system when I opened the executable). You also have to remember that RPCS3 isn’t a tool to enable piracy so try to dump your own games either via a supported Blu-Ray drive or a PS3 on CFW.
The quick start guide (all info you need to know to start using the emulator + basic system requirements): https://rpcs3.net/quickstart
Official compatibility list (popular titles like Project Diva and Akiba’s Trip are listed as playable!) : https://rpcs3.net/compatibility
Patreon page (you could support them if you appreciate their work!): https://www.patreon.com/Nekotekina
RPCS3 isn’t meant to replace the PS3 just yet but it’s making large strides in that direction!