Game emulation is a pretty thorny and murky subject. On the one hand, you have some valid arguments for encouraging emulation, especially for long gone platforms. On the other hand, it’s often used for less than legally sound cases. Whichever way you swing, there is one thing that makes any sort of game emulation a technically fascinating and impressive feat. And that is the ability to run even triple-A games using reverse engineering methods and a near-infinite amount of patience, like what developers of the PS3 emulator RPCS3 have accomplished.
When you load a PS3 game in RPCS3 and it runs successfully, you better appreciate the painstaking work that has gone to make that possible. While we are mostly thankfully behind having to deal with 1s and 0s, hexadecimal numbers are only a few levels higher. If you want the sordid details on the latest changes to RPCS3, hit the source link below. But be warned: it isn’t for the faint of heart.
If you just want the juicy details, here they are. RPCS3 now successfully boots some AAA exclusives for the console. Those include God of War 3, Uncharted, and Infamous, just to name some of the famous ones. Note “boot”, not “play”. Not all of these in a playable state, but the fact that they can even start at all is enough of a reason to give them a pat on the back.
Games that now do play, more or less, include God of War Collection, Dark Souls 1 & 2, and Ratchet and Clank. Again, some of these do not run as flawlessly as they would on the console itself, but that’s pretty much a given when emulating modern gaming platforms anyway.