The indication that a new gaming console is taking over the market is often reflected in the appearance of the first emulators for games of the previous generation of consoles. This is exactly what happened with Sony’s consoles as the PS5 came to market and slowly all the exclusives of the new gaming titles will be exclusively for it. The PS 4, on the other hand, still has some popularity, but a sign that the PS5 is slowly taking the lead is the emergence of a new emulator called Spine that is Linux-related and has been unveiled to the public for the first time these days. Spine was launched back in 2019, but it took almost two years for its work to be optimized and now its list of compatible games is above the number of three hundred titles.
Spine has the status of the first publicly available emulator for PS4 games and currently, its developers have decided to keep it as closed source software.
Needless to say, PS4 emulators are just in their infancy and it will be necessary to wait to get the ability to play some titles that have demanding graphics performance.
With Spine, we can’t expect to play graphically demanding titles like God of War or Spider-Man: Miles Morales for now, but the starting number of the 346 titles available is really impressive.
Included here are titles such as Watch Dogs, The Talos Principle, The Surge, Borderlands: The Handsome Collection, and many more. For now, users cannot expect high-level gaming with smooth visual presentations, an authentic color palette, and no occasional downtime. Spine is still in the process of being upgraded and a better gaming experience can be gained on slightly less demanding titles such as the Mega Man Legacy Collection, Undertale, or Hyper Light Drifter.
You can see exactly what some of the titles played with the Spine emulator look like in the following video:
Spine is currently limited to Linux and does not have a graphical user interface, so users will have to purchase the firmware and game files themselves. Purchasing games is certainly the harder part of using Spine to enter the gray area of legal provisions related to licenses.
Emulators are often equated with piracy, but they actually serve to preserve and “revive” old game titles or long-completed multiplayer modes, as is the case with the RPCS 3 emulator for PS 3, which with the latest update from August 2020 supports multiplayer games.
By: Olivia J. – Zexron