A new job ad, reported by PlayStation Lifestyle after being discovered on ResetEra, which strongly suggests that Sony may be trying to hire an engineer to sort out its PS3 emulation. There are also rumors of old PS3 peripherals working on the new one. All will be as a relief.
If you’ve been to Sony’s relaunched PlayStation Plus for PS4 and PS5, you’ll notice that as you explore more than 400 games in its expansive archive, everything on PS3 must be streamed. And gosh, the streaming sucks.
The PS5, so far, doesn’t have the ability to run PS3 emulators, which is a huge disappointment to miss out on that entire generation of games on modern machines. The rebooted PS+ offers the option to download games from PS1, PSP, PS2, PS4 and of course PS5. But for PS3, you’re having a hard time with streaming, and at least in my experience it’s been a pixelated mess and fail.
So there is hope in the form of a new job advertisement for Software Development Engineers, posted to LinkedIn by PlayStation Studios.
Our Software Development Engineer position works on the Tools and Technology team at PlayStation Studios to support the newly relaunched “Classics” for PS4 and PS5. The classic games run through emulation of the old PlayStation platforms. As a Classics engineer, you’ll work closely with a team of other engineers, manufacturers, and QA teams to fix bugs, add new features, and develop new emulators.
It’s the “new emulator development” that excites me, because unless they’re scamming and intending to let people run their GBA ROMs on consoles, PS3 is the only emulator that’s real. development need.
At the same time, Gamerant discovered a new patent from Sony demonstrates the desire to get a range of PS3 peripherals working on the PS5, including the EyeToy, PS Mouse, and PS Move controller.
Try to play a little Lego Pirates Of The Caribbean with my boy the other day, streaming via PS+ was just relaunched, the game collapsed into a dirty mess of repeating giant pixels. I checked internet connection on PS5, reports 875mb/s, which I think should just about enough to stream an eleven year old game. However, we were plagued by those terrible visual glitches, input lag at the end of the game, and a message popping up throughout saying my 1GB Internet connection wasn’t good enough for streaming. . It’s just shame.
So keep racing! Of course, there are already working PS3 emulators available for PC, and with the power of PS5, it shouldn’t be too difficult to reproduce this on consoles. However, getting it to work on PS4 could prove a tougher gig. Still, it’s nice to at least cling to these little glimmers of hope.
Also, I find it incredibly amusing that these companies, often the scourge of competing communities, are now turning to using the same technology to drive their business models.