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RPCS3 screenshot july 2014.png
RPCS3 running on Windows 7
Developer(s) RPCS3 Team
Development status Active
Written in C++, C, Objective-C
Operating system Windows, Linux, OS X
Platform x86-64 with SSE2
Size 5.3 MB
Type Video game console emulator
License GNU GPLv2
Website rpcs3.net

RPCS3 is a free and open-source in-development emulator for Windows, Linux, and OS X that allows PlayStation 3 games to be played on a computer.[1] As of March 9, 2014, the emulator is capable of reaching the title screen of some commercial games and can run Arkedo Series - 02 SWAP! and Disgaea 3: Absence of Justice at a very low frame rate with bugs present.


The March 2014 developments of RPCS3 come shortly after the release of an emulator for the Xbox 360 by the Xenia project, which has made significant advances in Xbox 360 emulation.[1]


As of a March 7, 2014 release, RPCS3 is capable of emulating Arkedo Series - 02 SWAP!, Disgaea 3: Absence of Justice, and some homebrew projects to varying degrees of playability,[1] with several bugs present.[2] The emulation suffers from low framerate, but the developers have worked to reduce the bugs present when emulating Arkedo Series - 02 SWAP!.[3] The release features little in way of optimizations, but one of the developers notes that the team is working on a PPU recompiler to help with the speed issue.[1]


Cinema Blend's William Usher wrote that "A lot of gamers originally thought that the complexity of the PlayStation 3's Cell architecture would have prevented it from being emulated", but the development of RPCS3 shows that emulation is possible, and is moving faster than emulation of the Xbox 360 gaming console.[1]

Eurogamer's Elio Cossu wrote that the emulation, even at such an early stage, was "a remarkable achievement, considering the complexity of the hardware of the PS3."[2]

See Also[edit]

  • Xenia, the first Xbox 360 emulator

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e Usher, William (Mar 9, 2014). "PS3 Emulator Can Now Run Commercial Games". Cinema Blend. Retrieved Mar 9, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Cossu, Elio (Mar 7, 2014). "RPCS3, ecco l'emulatore PS3 per Windows". Eurogamer (in Italian). Retrieved Mar 9, 2014. 
  3. ^ Simons, Hadlee (March 7, 2014). "First PS3 game running on emulator". iAfrica.com (Primedia). Retrieved March 9, 2014.