RPCSX Emulator Successfully Runs First PS4 Game, Sonic Mania, Ahead of Official Release

RPCSX Emulator

The gaming community is abuzz with excitement as the highly anticipated RPCSX emulator, developed by the creators of the acclaimed RPCS3 PS3 emulator, has achieved a significant milestone by flawlessly running its inaugural PS4 title – Sonic Mania. Notably, the RPCSX PS4 emulator was also recently spotted booting up another game Bloodborne.

A remarkable achievement for the emulation community, the recent development was showcased in a video uploaded by YouTuber ‘BrutalSam’. The footage unveils RPCSX flawlessly executing the popular 2D game, Sonic Mania. Although Sonic Mania is not known for its demanding graphics and can even be played on the Nintendo Switch, the accomplishment of the RPCSX team in such a short span of time is undeniably commendable.

It’s worth noting that while Sonic Mania may not push the boundaries of hardware, running it on RPCSX necessitates a robust setup. In the featured gameplay video, ‘BrutalSam’ employed a Core i7 6700K CPU, 8GB of RAM, and an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 GPU. Despite this hardware configuration, the game maintained an approximate framerate of 10FPS, with the entirety of the CPU’s capabilities put to use. This achievement, albeit modest in performance, provides a glimpse into the hardware requirements that will be indispensable for running more demanding AAA PS4 games. Nevertheless, the gaming community is sure to relish this captivating gameplay preview.

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As outlined on the RPCSX GitHub page, the emulator is an “experimental emulator for PS4 (PlayStation 4) for Linux written in C++“. Those intrigued by this groundbreaking project can access the latest version of the PS4 emulator via the provided link.

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A nod to the classic Sonic games, Sonic Mania was released by SEGA in 2017. Serving as a prelude to Sonic Forces, the game found its home on various platforms, including Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. For those interested, here’s our previous coverage of the game’s Plus version, which debuted in 2018.

Enthusiasts and gamers alike are now eagerly awaiting the further progress of the RPCSX emulator project, which holds the promise of unlocking a trove of PS4 gaming experiences on new platforms. The emulation community’s dedication and innovation continue to reshape the landscape of gaming, and RPCSX’s feat with Sonic Mania serves as a testament to their relentless pursuit of pushing the boundaries of technology.