Sony hires emulation engineer to offer hope for PS3 on PS5

Sony hires emulation engineer to offer hope for PS3 on PS5
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Artistic shot from the corner of the PS3.

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new job posting informed by PlayStation Lifestyle after detection ResetEra, strongly suggests that Sony is trying to hire an engineer to sort out the PS3 emulation. There are also rumors of older PS3 peripherals running on the new machine. Which will be all this kind a relief.

If you’ve taken part in Sony’s reintroduction of PlayStation Plus for PS4 and PS5, you’ll have noticed that everything has to be streamed on PS3 as you browse through its vast archive of over 400 games. And man, the flow is bad.

The PS5 hasn’t been able to run PS3 emulation until now, which is a huge bummer when it comes to missing out on an entire generation of games on modern machines. The relaunched PS+ offers the option to download games from PS1, PSP, PS2, PS4 and of course PS5. But for PS3, you’re stuck with streaming, and at least in my experience, it’s a pixel mess and a failure.

So there is hope in the form new job posting Posted on LinkedIn by PlayStation Studios for Software Development Engineer.

Our Software Development Engineer position works in the Tools & Technology team at PlayStation Studios to support the newly launched “Classics” for PS4 and PS5. Classic games are played through emulation of older PlayStation platforms. As a classic engineer, you would work closely with a group of other engineers, developers, and QA teams to fix bugs, add new features, and develop new emulators.

It’s “making new emulators” that excites me, because unless they’re cheating and people intend to run GBA ROMs on the console, the PS3 is really the only emulator worth developing.

At the same time, Player saw A new patent from Sony shows its desire to get a bunch of PS3 peripherals working on the PS5, including the EyeToy, PS Mouse, and PS Move controllers.

He tries to play a little Lego Pirates of the Caribbean My son and I were streaming a game the other day via the newly launched PS+, repeatedly turning into a splotchy mess of giant pixels. I checked the internet connection on my PS5, it reported 875mb/s. approx enough to stream an eleven year old game. Still, we were plagued by those nasty visual glitches, game-ending input lag, and a message saying my 1GB internet connection wasn’t good enough for streaming. Which is just embarrassing.

So imitate! Of course, there are already working PS3 emulators for PC, and given the power of the PS5, it shouldn’t be too difficult to replicate this on console. However, running on PS4 can be a tougher gig. Still, it’s nice to at least hold on to these little glimmers of hope.

Also, I find it incredibly funny that these companies, often the bane of copycat communities, are now turning to the same technology to power their business models.

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