After 8 years of its release, the PS4 is finally getting emulated and although it’s far from in a working state right now, the progress it has made in two years is impressive. Spine is a closed source emulator that has been in the making since 2019 and just earlier this month, it got a public release along with a list of compatible games.
Spine only runs small indie-titles for now
The emulator has come strides from where it was when a demo in 2019 was shown to the public. Now, it can actually boot games and some of them can even be played on the emulator. However, the games that do run are by no means AAA titles and only smaller indie games that one could play on the PC anyways through a proper port. The emulator itself is also full of bugs right now but considering that it has only been in development for about two years, the number of games it can go in-game is nothing short of impressive.
Another caveat is that for now, the emulator is Linux only with no GUI and similar to RCPS3, firmware and game files must be provided by the users. The simple reason why the emulator runs on Linux right now is that it’s the OS the lead developer uses on his main PC and there’s no promise as of now whether the emulator will make it to Windows.
Regardless of all its limitations, the fact that we now have a working PS4 emulator is in itself a task worth praising. Unlike Orbital, this PS4 emulator can actually boot commercial games and at least it’s real unlike PCSX4 which is a scam with a site full of ads and surveys. For those interested, Spine can be downloaded from here.
In related news, God of War and Ghost of Tsushima may be coming to PC, read it about here.