RPCS3 0.0.0.5 running on Windows 7
|Written in||C++, C, Objective-C|
|Operating system||Windows, Linux, OS X|
|Platform||x86-64 with SSE2|
|Type||Video game console emulator|
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. As of March 9, 2014, the emulator is capable of reaching the title screen of some commercial games and can fully run others.
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, with several bugs present. The emulation suffers from low framerate, but the developers have worked to reduce the bugs present when emulating Arkedo Series - 02 SWAP!. 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.
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.
- Usher, William (Mar 9, 2014). "PS3 Emulator Can Now Run Commercial Games". Cinema Blend. Retrieved Mar 9, 2014.
- Simons, Hadlee (March 7, 2014). "First PS3 game running on emulator". iAfrica.com (Primedia). Retrieved March 9, 2014.
- Cossu, Elio (Mar 7, 2014). "RPCS3, ecco l'emulatore PS3 per Windows". Eurogamer (in Italian). Retrieved Mar 9, 2014.