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 (PS4) 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

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

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

Potential Roadblocks

Due to the PS4's x86 architecture and FreeBSD-based operating system, emulators for the device will by and large be very unconventional. Despite the x86's instruction set being huge[1], a trait that would typically lead to years of development time by emulators, it opens the ability for pre-existing hypervisors to do the heavy lifting, eliminating the need for a recompiler. There is also, as of writing this, little to no documentation on the GPU (a modified Radeon 7970M with disabled stream processors) used in the PS4's APU, and it will require a complete re-implementation by emulator developers. End-users may wish to preform a preliminary dump of the required files from their PS4 using the Orbital Dumper

References

  1. X86 instruction listings