PlayStation embraces emulation for PS5 as Nintendo battles against it

playstation invests in emulation nintendo fights it
Credit: Naughty Dog

playstation invests in emulation nintendo fights it
Credit: Naughty Dog


  • PlayStation is investing in emulation company Implicit Conversion
  • Nintendo recently shut down two major emulators for Switch and 3DS
  • Implicit Conversion retracts statements about working with PlayStation, claims they're working with Xbox and Switch too

With Nintendo always doing whatever they can to stomp out emulation, it’s good to see Sony’s PlayStation brand embrace the concept a bit. Implicit Conversions is reportedly working with the PlayStation company to bring more PS1, PS2, and PSP games to PS4 and PS4.

During an interview with Time Extension, it was implied that the company is officially working with Sony to bring more classic PlayStation games to PS Plus. However, the interview has since been edited, with the website apologizing for making this error and confusing fans excited over the news.

Fans on Reddit check out the LinkedIn page of Implicit Conversions (via PlayStation Lifestyle), where the page previously stated it was bringing PS1, PS2, and PSP games to PS4 and PS5. However, it has now been updated, with the statement saying that they are working on bringing these PlayStation games to Switch and Xbox, in addition to PS4 and PS5.

Confusing interviews and statements aside, it’s clear that PlayStation does care a bit more about emulation, at least when compared to Nintendo. Many gamers are rightfully angry at the company for removing Yuzu and Citra from the web, resulting in other apps getting deleted out of fear. Sony’s not perfect here either, previously tried to remove jailbreak apps for the Vita and PS3, but it looks like they’re trying to compromise a bit.

PlayStation might need some of those retro releases soon, as Sony previously said that they wouldn’t have any major game releases for a while. The company also said that they consider the PS5 to be halfway through its lifecycle already, which is crazy since this console is still a pain to get.

It will be interesting to see how Sony implements emulation of older PlayStation games in the future. Currently, PS Plus Premium does give fans access to certain PS1, PS2, and PSP games. PS3 games are still limited to streaming, explaining why millions of fans still own the older system.

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