Sony hires emulation engineer who suggests hopes for PS3 on PS5

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a new vacancy, indicated by PlayStation lifestyle after being spotted ResetEra, strongly suggests that Sony may be trying to hire a technician to get the PS3 emulation in order. There are also rumors that old PS3 peripherals will work on the new machine. What would all be? such an a relief.

If you’ve taken part in Sony’s relaunched PlayStation Plus for the PS4 and PS5, you’ve noticed that when exploring the 400+ games in the extensive archives, everything must be streamed on PS3. And oh man, the streaming sucks.

The PS5 has so far been unable to run PS3 emulation, which is a huge disappointment when it comes to missing out on that whole generation of games on modern machines. The rebooted PS+ offers the ability to download games from the PS1, PSP, PS2, PS4 and of course PS5. But for the PS3, you’re stuck with streaming, and in my experience that’s a mess of pixels and failure.

So there is hope in the form of a new vacancy for a Software Development Engineer, posted on LinkedIn by PlayStation Studios.

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

It’s that “developing new emulators” that gets me excited because unless they go rogue and plan on letting people run their GBA ROMs on the console, the only emulator that really needs development is the PS3.

At the same time, gamer has spotted a new patent from Sony that demonstrates a desire to run a slew of PS3 peripherals on the PS5, including the EyeToy, the PS Mouse, and PS Move controllers.

Try to play a little Lego Pirates Of The Caribbean with my boy recently streaming through the newly relaunched PS+, the game kept crashing into a filthy mess of huge pixels. I checked the internet connection on the PS5 which reported 875 MB/s which I think should be about be enough to stream an eleven-year-old game. And yet, we were plagued by those crappy image glitches, game-ending input lag, and a message popping up everywhere saying my 1GB internet connection isn’t good enough for streaming. Which is just embarrassing.

So bring on emulation! There are of course already working PS3 emulators available for PC, and given the power of the PS5, it shouldn’t be too difficult to replicate this on console. However, getting it to work on PS4 can prove to be a more difficult feat. Still, it’s nice to at least hold on to these little flashes of hope.

I also find it incredibly amusing that these companies, often the scourge of emulation communities, are now using the same technology to power their business models.

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