For those of you who can’t afford or find a console to play those hawt games from yesteryear on, there’s always been a morally grey area to fall back on. The emulator has come a long way since the days of the VisualBoy Advance, giving gamers a backdoor into those games. Xbox 360 and PS3 emulators have been notoriously unreliable in the past however. That could, theoretically, change with the latest consoles.
Thanks to the fact that the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 had abstract hardware that would leave many a hobbyist crying in a corner, playing those games on PC was a nightmare of buggy design and crashes. The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One however, have a more mainstream design built into the hardware, bringing those platforms closer to PC.
And that’s something that software engineer Ben Vanik reckons could be exploited in order to create proper emulators for those systems. Speaking to Slashdot Vanik, who makes emulators in his own spare time, said that the hardware setup of those boxes could herald a change;
It would be easier to create a PS4 or Xbox One emulator within the next year or so than it would be to create a PS3 or Xbox 360 emulator that ran at the speed of the device.
Still, Sony and Microsoft need not unleash the lawyers of war just yet. In order to get those games cracked and circulating on the various pirate bays out there, those folks would need to be able to hack the console. Which no one has been able to do…yet.
As Geoff surmised, the only way to get through that Pandorica of security layers would be for teams of hackers to to co-operate and do some teamwork. Good luck getting that level of co-operation off the ground. At least we know that Microsoft already has emulators of their own on the Ryse.
Last Updated: December 10, 2013