The RPCS3 PS3 emulator has managed to run Red Dead Redemption on it. The creators showed this off in a video reel highlighting more games it brings to desktops, which also showcased the various tweaks and rendering improvements it makes to the games. This is the same emulator that has brought PS3 exclusives like Persona 5 to PC.
For those wondering why a PC might have trouble emulating console games even though a PC is definitely more powerful, it all comes down to the architecture. Console games simply aren’t built to run on PC. The interpretation of instructions on both systems is different. Which is why you need an emulator to emulate the instruction interpreter. So instead of a single step, your system has to take two steps (double the work), and when there a lot of instructions to interpret well.. you see where we’re going.
The tweaks supposedly apply to well over a hundred games, as said by the creators of the emulator. They’ve rewritten Texture Instruction which fixes Bloom and Shadows in games running on Unreal Engine 3, as is mentioned in the video description.
Games other than Red Dead Redemption showcased in the reel feature Silent Hill: Downpour, Drakengard 3, Uncharted and Dante’s Inferno.
Emulators are usually a shady topic, the debate is still on whether emulators are completely legal or not. While emulation itself and emulation software isn’t exactly illegal, emulating games on them may or may not be illegal depending on the country you live in. In some cases it’s alright if you owned the game prior to emulating them, in others it’s a complete no-no.
You can read more about the RPCS3 PS3 emulator here.
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