RPCS3 – The Working Playstation 3 (PS3) Emulator


Is there a working Playstation 3 (PS3) emulator for Windows is one of the most common questions asked at Home Media Portal. With so many fake PS3 emulators on the scene it is very difficult to know who to trust. PS3 games would be a fantastic addition to a HTPC media centre with some fairly recent titles and the ability to upscale the already good graphics would be a great thing. The answer to the question is yes there is a working PS3 emulator for PC but that is heavily under development.

RPCS3 – The Working Playstation 3 (PS3) Emulator

RPCS3 in an open source PS3 emulator for Windows hosted at Github. This means that the project has multiple developers working on it all contributing different skillsets. The Playstation 3 uses a Cell microprocessor and the RSX Reality Synthesizer GPU. At the time of its release the PS3 could rival some of the top gaming PCs out there and it is not really surprising it game with a hefty £500 price tag on release in the UK. It was for these reasons that it was thought that PS3 emulation would not be possible and certainly a challenge to do so. It was thought that it would be some years off before anyone would achieve anything even remotely close. There is however finally a working PS3 emulator for PC!

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The RPCS3 team first came onto the scene early 2015 with their PS3 emulator for Windows already showing promise. Now, half way through 2016 their site shows videos of the emulator playing commercial games such as Ice Age 3: Dawn of the Dinosaurs with few glitches and at a fully playable speed! The RPCS3 compatibility list is still limited and there is much work to do but there is daily progress. My understanding is that the RPCS3 PS3 emulator has the ability to launch PS3 Images in the form of ISO files of the original PS3 Blu-ray disks and launch games from a Blu-ray drive itself. Videos of the emulator in operation show thumbnails of each game in a PS3 ROMs folder in the same way that Dolphin does for Wii. [Read: Dolphin – The Gamecube / Wii Emulator]

RPCS3 Working PS3 Emulator for PC Releases – How to Compile RPCS3 PS3 Emulator

In terms of RPCS3 downloads, unless you have coding skill you are going to have to wait. The last full release was sometime ago but as this is an open source project various source code bundles of the emulator are uploaded and available on GitHub on an almost daily basis so if you are familiar with compiling these then you can give it a try. The next full RPCS3 download release should be a decent emulator so we wait in anticipation. The RPCS3 emulator forum has a lot of additional information on the emulator and discussion on future project plans. This application is for Windows and at present there are no PS3 emulators for Mac or Android.

RPCS3 PS3 Emulator Compatibility List & Peripherals

The RPCS3 emulator page does not yet have an official compatibility list and as its probably too early. As soon as they do we will provide more information. The RPCS3 working Playstation 3 emulator for PC is compatible with XInput controllers. You best option is to hookup an [easyazon_link identifier=”B003VD56KC” locale=”UK” tag=”racirhyt-21″]XBOX 360 Controller[/easyazon_link] with the [easyazon_link identifier=”B000MGVAAQ” locale=”UK” tag=”racirhyt-21″]XBOX 360 Wireless Gaming Receiver[/easyazon_link]. This is the best controller for the majority of emulators.

RPCS3 PS3 Emulator Screenshots

The below screenshots show the RPCS3 PS3 emulator in action.

God of War 2 on RPCS3 – The working Playstation 3 Emulator for PC

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RPCS3 Playing God of War

Tekken on RPCS3  – The working Playstation 3 Emulator for PC

RPCS3 Emulator for Windows
RPCS3 Playing Tekken

Integrate RPCS3 PS3 Emulator With Kodi or Emulator Frontend

Once the RPCS3 emulator becomes available it is inevitable that you are going to want to integrate it with your HTPC media centres. It’s too early to say but it is expected that RPCS3 will be no different to other windows based emulators. We should be able to integrate it with Kodi, Launchbox and Hyperspin etc.  We will know when it is fully released. For the best emulator frontend see our Launchbox review. [Read: Launchbox & Big Box Emulator Frontend Review]

Support the RPCS3 PS3 Emulator

As I have already stated the RPCS3 emulator is an Open Source Playstation 3 emulator project and many coders give up their free time to bring PS3 emulation to the Windows PC. Visit their site support them now! RPCS3 is the only working PS3 emulator for PC and at present all others are likely fake.

So, you have your working PS3 emulator, Why not try the XBOX 360 emulator Xenia Project [Read: Xenia Project – The Working XBOX 360 Emulator for PC]

RPCS3 PS3 Emulator Download

To download the latest full version of the RPCS3 working Playstation 3 emulator for PC or for information on the builds visit the RPCS3 official site @ http://www.rpcs3.net.