4K, which in consumer terms means a resolution of 3,840 x 2,160 pixels has been long known for movies and TV shows and is now slowly appearing on new gaming hardware as well. But, the well-known RPCS3, which is a free and open-source in-development video game console emulator for the Sony PlayStation 3 has added support for two features that is said to change your gaming experience all-together. Also Read - PlayStation Now adds Nier: Automata, Ghostrunner, Undertale for PS4, PS5 playersAlso Read - Sony PlayStation 5 games launching in Aug, Sept that we are excited to play
The emulator has recently received an updated after which it now supports high-resolution rendering. The emulator can allow you to play PS3 games at up to 10K resolution. Though gaming at 10K resolution isn’t something we are ready for today, the creators say emulation is all about preserving for tomorrow.
The creators have put together a video demonstrating the new resolution. The video was released with a PS3 title Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch, Demon s Souls, Yakuza 4, Catherine and Tekken 6 running at 4K. You can watch the footage, along with the 720p resolution to compare the results.
Explaining the performance side of RPCS3, the team, in their blog said: “Rendering a game in high resolutions such as 4K, while beautiful, is quite taxing on your hardware and there is often a massive hit in performance. However, since most of the workload for RPCS3 is on the CPU and GPU usage is low, there is a lot of untapped performance just waiting to be used. All processing is done CPU side, and as far as the GPU is concerned it is simply rendering 2006 era graphics (yes, the PS3 is 11 years old now). We’re happy to report that anyone with a dedicated graphics card that has Vulkan support can expect identical performance at 4K.
Nintendo very conveniently ignored the 4K gaming with the Switch, but Microsoft‘s Xbox One X supports it, and the Xbox One S and PS4 Pro do as well. ALSO READ: ASUS gaming hardware top favorite in India: Poll
While Xbox One S developers aren’t given the option to add any extra code or assets for 4K upscaling, the PS4 Pro is capable of rendering games at a full 4K resolution. Unlike the Xbox One S, developers for the PS4 Pro do have the option of tweaking their code to play the game in 4K resolution.
If the latest rumors are anything to go by, the latest PlayStation 5 could be launched as soon as the second half of 2018. While we still await the details of the PlayStation 5, we can expect the console to come with full support to 4K resolution for gaming.