Official emulators

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This page lists all the emulators that were internally developed by their console manufacturers, used for either allowing backward compatibility or debugging.

Sony[edit]

Emulators on PSP[edit]

PlayStation One Portable Station (POPS):

PS1 emulator for PSP, for playing PS1 Classics off PS Store.

Emulators on Android[edit]

PlayStation Pocket:

PS1 emulator bundled with the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play. It partially depends on hardware emulation, so it's not compatible with other phone models. It was meant to only work with select titles sold on the official web store, but it took less than a year for an injector to emerge. Emulation accuracy is mid-tier at best and the injector only works with single-track games, although multi-track games are theoretically possible.

Emulators on Vita[edit]

PSP mode. You can also run PSP version of POPS through this using VHBL and POPSLoader.

PlayStation One Portable Station (POPS-Vita):

PS1 emulator for Vita, for playing PS1 Classics off PS Store. This seems to be a port of PSP's POPS loader, even using some POPS modules with PSP mode.[1]

Emulators on PS2[edit]

PlayStation One Portable Station (SLBB-00001):

PS1 emulator for PS2 internal and USB HDD. Install POPStarter on FreeMcBoot to use. Developed by SCEI, it was published by Konami as DLC for BB Unit owners, and came with (and locked to only play) the game ビシバシスペシャル3.[2]

Compatibility Lists

Emulators on PS3[edit]

PlayStation[edit]

Emulator Release Use
ps1_emu FW 1.00 Emulator for running PS1 discs.
ps1_netemu FW 1.70 Emulator for PS1 Classic downloads off PS Store.
ps1_newemu FW 2.10 For PSP remote play.

Compatibility Lists

  • Official lists: JP

More info: PS3 Developer Wiki

PlayStation 2[edit]

Emulator Release Last Update Use
ps2_emu FW 1.00 FW 4.78 For CECHA and CECHB, doesn't emulate Emotion Engine or Graphics Synthesizer.
ps2_gxemu FW 1.50 FW 4.78 For models CECHC and CECHE, doesn't emulate Graphics Synthesizer.
ps2_softemu FW 1.90 FW 3.72 First iteration of full software emulator. Had disc support. Was never enabled.
ps2_netemu FW 3.73 FW 4.78 Emulator for PS2 Classics downloads off PS Store and CFW. No disc support, only eboots packed in .pkg.

Compatibility Lists (Software)

Compatibility Lists (Hardware)

More info: PS3 Developer Wiki

PlayStation Portable[edit]

Emulator Release Use
psp_emulator FW 3.15 For playing games off the PSN store, and 'HD Remakes' of PSP games.
psp_translator FW 3.15 Unknown.

Compatibility Lists

More info: PS3 Developer Wiki

Emulators on PS4[edit]

PlayStation 2[edit]

Emulator Release Use
ps2_netemu variant Not included in firmware, but in game pkg For playing PS2 re-releases from the PSN store, e.g. Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas)

PS4 Developer Wiki Compatibility List

PlayStation Portable[edit]

Emulator Release Use
PSPHD Not included in firmware, but in game pkg For playing HD remasters of PSP games, e.g. PaRappa the Rapper Remastered)

PS4 Developer Wiki Compatibility List

Nintendo[edit]

Multi-System[edit]

Main article: Virtual Console
  • L-CLASSICS - NES and SNES emulator used for Nintendo Switch Online.

NES[edit]

  • Kachikachi - Emulator used for the NES Classic Edition.
  • flog - Emulator included in the Nintendo Switch firmware until v4.0.0. Plays only one game (Golf).
  • Heritage - Emulator used in the NES Remix series of games.

SNES[edit]

  • Canoe - Emulator used for the SNES Classic Edition.

GameCube[edit]

  • Dolphin - Emulator intended for debugging. Does not run commercial games.

Nintendo DS[edit]

  • Ensata - Emulator intended for quick debugging for developers. Can run a small number of commercial games.

Microsoft[edit]

Multi-System[edit]

  • Fission - Xbox 360 and original Xbox emulator for Xbox One and Series X/S.

Xbox[edit]

  • Fusion - Emulator for Xbox 360.

References[edit]