Play Hundreds of PlayStation 4 Games on PC With This New Emulator

Published 09/14/2021, 3:02 PM EDT


Emulators have been an imminent part of console gaming, allowing players to enjoy the same games on other platforms as they would do in an actual console. And PlayStation has its own emulators. Though, how well they work is up for debate. That said, a new emulator seems to be ahead of others when it comes to executing PlayStation games on the PC.

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The first PlayStation and PlayStation 2 saw a number of emulators come up that allowed players to play numerous PS titles, such as the WWE Raw vs Smackdown games. This feature became very much popular within the community while also making console games far more accessible.

And recent news might excite a lot of gamers who have always wanted to try PS exclusives on the PC. Spine, a closed source PS4 emulator for Linux that has been in private development since 2019, recently completed its first full public release earlier this month, replete with a new compatibility list that includes hundreds of titles.

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What is Spine Emulator?

Spine is a PS4 emulator for Linux that is currently in private development, however, a beta demo has been accessible for some time. According to its creator, it is the first publicly available PS4 emulator that can run commercial games.

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Spine devs have opted to keep the emulator closed source for the time being in order to avoid a proliferation of forks, which might dilute the work at a stage this early. Having said that, sections of the source can be accessible on the demo Github.

Compatible PlayStation 4 Games

 

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The devs tested around 1000 games, running them on the emulator. While downloading the demo, a compatibility list is included, which includes about 35% of the games tested.

40% of the games tested could run the intro and 25% didn’t run at all. However, 2D games worked smoothly.

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The thought of having emulators for PS4 is a very exciting prospect. While it’s too far-fetched to think about running God of War or Spider-Man in the early stages of this emulator, fans would definitely be excited to have something like this in the future.

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Siddid Dey Purkayastha

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Siddid Dey Purkayastha is an eSports author for EssentiallySports and is currently pursuing his Bachelor of Arts degree from Christ (Deemed to be University). He has always been into gaming since the ripe age of 9 and never looked back since. Apart from his deep love for narrative driven or campaign based games, he also loves casually playing online games such as Valorant, Fortnite, FIFA Ultimate Team, Warzone and GTA Online.

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