PS3 Emulation Is Reportedly In The Works For PlayStation 5, Insider Says

The biggest weakness of PS5 could finally be resolved.

Story Highlights

  • PS3 emulation is seemingly still in the works for PlayStation 5, as clarified by an insider.
  • Jeff Grubb clarifies that it could be announced in the future, but not much else is known.
  • Another insider earlier said that Sony was working on native PS3 backwards compatibility.

The PlayStation 5 has been around for many years but still lacks commendable emulation features. That could soon be changing, however. As per the accredited insider, Jeff Grubb, PS3 emulation could be in the works for the current-gen console. The leaker spoke about the rumor in detail during the latest Game Mess Mornings podcast episode (around the 59:38 mark). It has apparently been in the works for “quite some time.

It’s something that I’ve heard has been in the works for quite some time. I thought it was going to get revealed earlier this year when I first heard about it. That clearly didn’t happen, but that doesn’t mean it will never happen—maybe it does,” says the insider.

The insider expected the anticipated feature to be revealed earlier this year when the rumors started spreading. However, Sony has kept silent about it so far. The insider is also unable to confirm when or whether it will ever be announced in the first place.

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Native PS3 Backwards Compatibility Could Come To PlayStation 5

It’s worth noting that another prominent insider, Shpeshal Nick, also earlier said in the latest episode of The XboxEra Podcast that Sony was working on native PS3 backwards compatibility. In other words, certain PS3 games would come to current-gen consoles that could run natively without the hiccups of cloud streaming services, although PS2 discs would not work on the PlayStation 5. Not much else is known at the moment.

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All in all, it is best to take this series of rumors with a huge grain of salt. There’s no official confirmation that PS3 emulation is in the works for the PlayStation 5. We also do not know whether Sony is developing native PS3 titles for the current-gen console. I reckon we could learn more in the coming months if there’s any substance to these speculations.

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