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PS4 and Xbox One emulators could arrive as early as next year

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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


  1. Got to love some of the tags you guys think of.


  2. Kensei Seraph remembers Madiba

    December 10, 2013 at 13:43

    In honour of that GTA V on PC tag I give you Trevor in real life


    • That Tall Twit

      December 10, 2013 at 13:57



    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      December 10, 2013 at 14:03



  3. That Tall Twit

    December 10, 2013 at 13:45

    Off topic: I have never played any of the Witcher games on the 360. Worth the money?


    • Lego Witcher of the Squirrels

      December 10, 2013 at 13:46

      Got The Witcher 2 on the 360 recently (when it was on special on Xbox marketplace) and I say, yes, worth the money. Even though I’m not very far into the game.


      • Admiral Chief of Souls

        December 10, 2013 at 13:47

        Past the prologue at least?


        • Lego Witcher of the Squirrels

          December 10, 2013 at 13:48



          • DrKiller

            December 10, 2013 at 13:56

            Did you get your achievement? lol

          • Lego Witcher of the Squirrels

            December 10, 2013 at 13:59

            lol! I got a few already actually.

          • DrKiller

            December 10, 2013 at 14:00

            Good man, then you are doing it right!

          • Lego Witcher of the Squirrels

            December 10, 2013 at 14:01


      • That Tall Twit

        December 10, 2013 at 13:49

        Trying to locate a pre-played one from BT games.


      • TiMsTeR1033

        December 10, 2013 at 14:14

        Really think I gotta get W2 aswell! but right now getting killed by skeletons in Dark souls, game is Bliksim HARD!


        • Lego Witcher of the Squirrels

          December 10, 2013 at 14:27

          Think I’ll get further into W2 tonight 🙂


          • kuwaz23

            December 18, 2013 at 20:26

            Just bought the witcher 2 from gamestop for the 360 last week. Only twenty bucks brand new and came with the game guide. I gotta say it’s a hard game but well worth the effort.

      • That Tall Twit Norm

        December 11, 2013 at 08:11

        Thanks for the feedback on The Witcher 2, managed to buy a preplayed enchanced edition of it from BT @ R180. Controls are quite something to get used too but enjoying it!


        • Lego Witcher of the Squirrels

          December 11, 2013 at 09:22

          Yeah, but it’s even better once you get used to them.

          I’m really loving the game, getting to the stage that I’m totally addicted.


    • Mathias

      December 10, 2013 at 13:53

      Yes. The Witcher 2, Dragon’s Dogma DD and Dark Souls will always be worth the money.


    • Lego Witcher of the Squirrels

      December 10, 2013 at 13:55

      Let me clarify though… I have The Witcher 2 on PC as well, and it’s brilliant on there, I just can’t play it because my PC lags at a certain point. I’m already beyond that point on the 360.


    • HelterSkelter

      December 10, 2013 at 16:28

      Hmm what can I say? Witcher 1 and 2 are really good games. The story. dialogue is all top notch. The gameplay isn’t that amazing though. Witcher 3 will most likely improve on that. Also, the choices you make in the game really can change the outcome of the games in a huge way. I don’t wanna give any spoilers but lemme just say that wrong choices can screw up the world in certain ways.


    • Willem Swanepoel

      December 11, 2013 at 09:05

      CD Project’s Witcher game is worth 5 times the money … actually, if they put a R1000 price tag on The Witcher 3 game, I will still pre-order it. It is a great series …


  4. Alien Emperor Trevor

    December 10, 2013 at 14:02

    If they can hack the planet, they can hack the console.


  5. Panga

    December 10, 2013 at 16:13

    Hmm I think this will be highly
    unlikely that this will happen not even the first xbox has been emulated and it
    was based on x86 architecture


  6. HelterSkelter

    December 10, 2013 at 16:24

    If this is true, then my whole reason to get a PS4 is gone!!!!!!!!!!!


  7. J_Joestar

    December 10, 2013 at 21:42

    They just need some incentive,
    Look at the 3DS, while it still hasn’t been truly broken into yet (at least nothing substantial that Hackers have been willing to openly spread to the masses), Once Pokemon hit there seems to have been some substantial increase in effort.
    They just need a truly a truly nerdgasmic game or something like that to get them all focused on breaking into the 4/One


  8. Big Wentz

    December 11, 2013 at 00:58

    There’s already an open-source project for a Playstation 4 Emulator on SourceForge: http://sourceforge.net/projects/playstation4emulatorx8664pc/


  9. Willem Swanepoel

    December 11, 2013 at 09:09

    You will be surprised how well hackers work together to achieve a common goal. Some will buy the console just to understand it, reverse engineer the software and build an emulator so that other people can play the console games on their PC for free and they wont charge a cent.


  10. CypherGate

    December 11, 2013 at 09:28

    I actually dont like what im hearing as much as i know its bound to happen. Thing is many people pay legally to play these games and help game publishers etc etc, but with this. If this happens in a year or two max then the next gen software sales will drop fast and its sad cause the ones who actually prefer the legal route will suffer just as much.


  11. Ashley James

    December 11, 2013 at 11:38

    The truth is PS4 is much better than Xbox one , i know it sounds false but here is the proof



  12. JasonKiddFan

    December 13, 2013 at 23:28

    There already is a Playsation 4 Emulator; don’t know about Xbox One tho:



  13. Erik Paul Vasquez

    January 6, 2014 at 10:17

    This is actually common sense since it runs on x86 architecture


  14. Ryan D

    February 22, 2014 at 00:48

    The thing is I would still buy the games but I want to play the exclusive content games and I am not buying the spybox one.


  15. Pablo

    March 21, 2014 at 21:41

    PS4EMX and Excbo, both latest generation emulators in the works:


  16. Aman Shams

    April 7, 2014 at 20:10


    Ps4 emulator has been released and published on this site
    I downloaded and working for me great
    Ahhhh ,I need to download ps4 games from torrent ,guys any one have link of bf game of ps4?


    • Yuki

      December 23, 2014 at 20:42

      me too


  17. gimpweener .

    January 27, 2015 at 23:38

    Sir your completly wrong right after your first paragraph. Emulators take years to even emulate correctly at full 60 FPS or smooth FPS take to example dolphin emulator can play 97% of nintendo GC and WII GAMES but that took years to accomplish. The same example with pcsx and pcsx 2 both ps1 and ps2 emulators. Also don’t forget there is a woking PS3 emulator but depends on what you call working. Emulators take lots time specialy one factor they are made for FREE FOR FREE BUT WHEN they earn a helping community that can help with work and when finally finished they won’t fail you


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