PlayStation 4 emulators

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PlayStation 4
PS4.png
Developer Sony
Type Home video game console
Generation Eighth generation
Release date 2013
Predecessor PlayStation 3
Emulated

The PlayStation 4 is an eighth-generation console produced by Sony Computer Entertainment in 2013. Notably, it is the first PlayStation console to use the x86 architecture, making it easier to program for than the PlayStation 3 while also having the same architecture as PCs.

Emulators[edit]

THERE ARE CURRENTLY NO EMULATORS FOR THIS CONSOLE THAT CAN RUN COMMERCIAL GAMES PLAYABLY YET.

Name Operating System(s) Latest Version Active
Orbital Windows, macOS, Linux Git

Emulation issues[edit]

Even though the PS4 has an x86 CPU like normal PCs, that doesn't mean it'll be easy to emulate as the x86 instruction set is huge.[1] However, nearly all of the x86 instructions are well documented (though some other specifics aren't) so the possibility is there. Another thing is that there is currently no documentation on the GPU (a modified Radeon 7970M with disabled stream processors) used in the PS4's APU. While the console has been hacked, efforts are as of now preliminary and not to the point of being able to run backups or pirated games - please don't even ask about PoC emulators until it's hacked. All that said, don't expect any functional PS4 emulators for a very long time, like 10 years.

References[edit]

  1. Why is XBOX emulation premature?

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