Sony Job Listing Points to "New Emulators" for "Classics" PlayStation Plus Lineup

The dream of PS3 and Vita games on current-era consoles may not yet be dead after all.
Sony has a new job listing which specifies the possible development of "new emulators" for its Classics service.
Sony has a new job listing which specifies the possible development of "new emulators" for its Classics service. Sony

The new and improved PlayStation Plus was released last month. While it was a welcome competition to Microsoft and its Xbox Game Pass service, some feel that the service overall is lacking, especially in terms of its offers for old games in the back catalog. That said, if a new listing is to be believed, Sony may be ramping up its efforts, as the publisher has posted a new job listing which will work with the "Classics" team on adding new features and developing new emulators for the service. Check out a snippet of the posting via LinkedIn below, as highlighted by a user in a gaming forum.

Our Software Development Engineer position works on the Tools and Technology team at PlayStation Studios to support the newly relaunched "Classics" for PS4 and PS5. Classic games run via emulation of legacy PlayStation platforms. As a Classics engineer, you would work closely with a group of other engineers, producers, and QA teams to fix bugs, add new features, and develop new emulators.

While it may be a case of reading too much into a simple job posting, the fact that “develop new emulators” is even mentioned is very much worth noting. At the moment, the current PlayStation Plus Classics lineup features games from the original PlayStation, PlayStation 2, and PlayStation Portable eras, which is a great deal. However, many players are disappointed in the lack of games from the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita consoles, both of which include an underrated library of titles.

That is not to say that you cannot play some PlayStation 3 titles with the new service, though. With the release of the revamped PlayStation Plus, Sony also bundled their PlayStation Now streaming service that allows players to stream select games, including PS3 titles. However, streaming introduces latency issues for some, making it not the most optimal experience, especially in regions that do not have the best internet connection. A dedicated PS3 emulator for the PlayStation Plus Classics service is sure a welcome to the player base, and this job listing may make that possible.

The new PlayStation Plus subscription service is now available, and you can check out its various tiers and pricing models here.

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