The world of video game console emulation is fascinating.
While most emulation communities focus on what most would consider retro consoles, including systems of yesteryear like the Dreamcast, Nintendo 64, Super Nintendo (SNES), and Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), in 2019, a new emulator Linux based called Spine appeared on the scene.
Like all emulators, the app essentially mimics Sony’s PS4 hardware through software, allowing it to run games designed for the console. Fast forward to now and the team behind Spine say that roughly 300 games are compatible with the software, but that they are mostly 2D titles that don’t require significant hardware power; From the looks of it, a lot of games look pretty. glitchy too. This means that you will not play God of War or Spider-Man: Miles Morales through Spine in the short term.
After taking a look at the list of supported titles, there are really no notable titles that I’m personally interested in playing, but that’s not really the point of the emulation in the first place – the goal is the preservation of video games, by less in theory. 👀.
With all this in mind, it is also important to note that Spine does not have a user interface, firmware or game files (you will have to * acquire * that data yourself).
Still, as the video game industry continues to move towards digital stores, emulators like Spine will become increasingly important because, at least in some cases, they might be the only way to preserve certain titles.
Via: Tom Hardware