Now here is a pleasant surprise. The RPCS3 team has announced that the best Playstation 3 emulator, RPCS3, now supports online play via PSN emulation. Yeap, you read that right; you can now play some of the PS3 games online via RPCS3.
Going into more details, GalCiv has been working on a private PSN server replacement called RPCN. According to the team, this is a free and open source private server that can act as PSN. So basically, we’re talking about an emulated PSN network, and not the real PSN network. What this means is that you won’t be able to play with your PS3 friends via the official PSN network.
This server code, along with the hefty amount of improvements made to RPCS3 enables users to play in multiplayer and co-op modes in games that don’t require a custom server in addition to PSN, or already have one. Thus, PC gamers can now play Demon’s Souls online. As the RPCS3 noted, Demon’s Souls fully works in multiplayer with RPCN as the private PSN server and DeSSE (by ymgve) as the private DeS custom server, with every feature intact.
Do note that RPCN is far from being finished yet, so only a very small number of games work at the moment. In the team’s current testing, Bomberman Ultra and Demon’s Souls are the only ones that work reliably. Still, the team believes that more games will be playable online in future releases.
Below you can find a video, showcasing Demon’s Souls and Bomberman Ultra in online mode.
It’s really incredible witnessing the progress of this emulator. Earlier this month, the RPCS3 team released a version that brought major improvements in Metal Gear Solid 4, inFamous 2 and Ninja Gaiden, Naughty Dogs’ games, The Last of Us, Uncharted 2 & Uncharted 3, also received major performance improvements. And let’s also not forget that you can unlock the framerate on specific Playstation 3 games.
You can download the latest version of this Playstation 3 emulator from its official website.