According to VentureBeat’s Jeff Grubb, Sony may launch a PlayStation 3 emulator in the PlayStation 3 to support PS3 games, rather than play in cloud games. “I’ve been looking, I’ve been asking since discussing this for a week… It sounds like Sony might be working on simulating PS3 games on PlayStation 5. It might take some time,” he said.
Earlier this week, Sony announced a new PS Plus premium subscription service, bringing classic games to its latest PlayStation 5 console. The service will launch in June for $17.99 a month, and subscribers will be able to play 340 games from the PlayStation, PS2, PS3, and PSP eras. However, most of these games will be downloadable and playable on PlayStation 5 via simulation. Furthermore, Sony confirms that PS3 games will only be played via cloud gaming.
Many believe that because of the PS3’s unique architecture and its infamous Cell processor, emulating the system in the PlayStation 5’s software would be extremely difficult. ModernVintageGamer, a YouTuber and developer of Night Dive Studios, tweeted after this week’s Sony announcement that emulating the PS3 on the PlayStation 5 is “absolutely possible,” but that “Sony has never been interested in investing millions to make it happen”.
At present, many classic PlayStation games can only work on PlayStation 3. This includes the likes of “Metal Gear 4” and “Killing Zone” and other works.
Sony PlayStation 5 console will support VRR variable refresh rate “within a few months”
Sony recently announced that the VRR variable refresh rate will be available for PlayStation 5 in a few months. On PlayStation 5, Sony has brought UI improvements to the [Game Base] and [Trophy] tabs, as well as helper features like Headphone Mono. Sony will gradually roll out the ability to host or participate in open and closed parties for PS App users. The company has also updated the PS App [Game Base] UI to make it easier to access [Friends], [Party], and messaging features. This will provide a more consistent PS5 player experience.
PS Remote Play mobile app users can automatically turn on “Dark Mode” according to their mobile phone settings. They can also choose new [Screen Assisted Reading] languages on both iOS and Android. Some of the available languages include Portuguese (Brazil and Portugal), Finnish, Swedish Chinese, Turkish, Greek, Thai, and Chinese (Traditional and Simple).
According to Sony, pre-existing PlayStation 5 games will support VRR. Also, future games may support VRR at launch. Users can also choose to apply VRR to PS5 games that do not support this function.