Sony Seeking Software Engineers for Virtual Machines, PS3 and PS Vita Emulators Incoming for PS4?

Several references to PS3’s Cell technology listed as preferred skills.

Posted By | On 24th, Apr. 2014 Under News

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Sony has posted job listings for Software Engineers to work on Virtual Machines for the PlayStation brand, with team members being a “part of extending and improving the virtual machines which SCE currently uses across many platforms.”

Virtual machines essentially function as software-based emulators of computers, allowing a machine to think and act like a different platform. This is especially useful when running multiple operating systems on the same system but has also found use in video game emulators to allow a current console to run software from previous generations’ devices.

What’s especially interesting is that the required skills include “Understanding of low-level PlayStation 3 system, PS Vita system, and PlayStation 4 system” and “Experience writing and debugging low-level code for PlayStation 3, PS Vita, and PlayStation 4”. Preferred skills also include “Experience with PlayStation Edge Geometry”, “SPU coding and optimization” and “Assembly-level optimizations (i.e. PPU/SPU)” – all which have to do with the PS3’s Cell technology.

Sony has stated before that it will offer PS3 games for the PS4 via Cloud streaming through PlayStation Now. However, what does that say about the requirements for PS Vita experience? Is it possible that Sony could be looking to develop PS3/PS Vita emulators alongside PS1/PS2 emulators for the PS4 some time down the road?

This is far from confirmation for the same, but it’s definitely intriguing. To back it up there was a report not too long ago about Sony working on emulation for older games on the PS4. What do you think? Let us know in the comments.

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  • Jewy McJew

    I will eat my hat if Sony is able to create a PS3 emulator on the PS4! It would almost be worth it!

  • Reason Freeman

    Sony spending a lot of time and effort on making old games play on a new system. I’m just hoping we hear about some NEW games for the NEW system soon. I left the 90’s and last gen to go to next-gen.

    • cozomel

      “I left the 90’s and last gen to go to next-gen.” On X1, so why do you care what Sony is doing? Oh yeah, that’s right, to troll it.

    • Jake Maze

      Oh geez looks who’s back the troll haven’t be fed lately bahhaha dam you are lame here -1

    • cozomel

      Your second response proves your crazy. I didnt even say anything and you’re over here saying im back? You’re straight up nuts kid. Have fun being a loser and have fun with your more expensive and inferior box. -2014

    • guest

      Guy, you’re as big a troll or bigger troll than cozomel. So you should talk. Grow up man, and stop acting like a manchild all the time. Say something of substance for once, that is if you even can. Cuz im seriously starting to think that you cant.

    • Jake Maze

      Ummm pubert it’s on failstation 4 and that’s all you guys will play is remastered games that one year old enjoy bahahhaa Sony can’t afford new Ip’s on that failed console

    • Michael Norris

      Dude you are a elite troll…..don’t fake it..

    • You are flat out wrong

      Guess you weren’t paying attention last year when they announced more games than MS did.

  • ruefrak

    Or are these virtual machines related to PS Now? You could have PS1, PS2, and PS3 virtual machines running on servers to stream the games.

    • isdjan

      This is exactly what I thought, ruefrak. Though I’d definitely would prefer emulation for PS3 directly on PS4.

    • ruefrak

      I’ve come to learn that when you see something like this, and all these exciting possibilities start running through your head, the reality is always going to be less exciting.

  • TDR25_Forever

    Would love for the PS4 to be able to either stream or emulate (the preferred option IMO) all of Sony’s past systems. Sony has the potential to make the PS4 the greatest console, or even product that they’ve ever made. Note, I said potential. How they follow through with the PS4’s current success and the consoles abilities itself is fully on them to realize.

  • Jake Maze

    Geez Sony know’s in case Playstation now will fail ( and it will)this will be it’s back up plan good luck lol

    • Michael Norris

      I will use Playstation now….

    • You are flat out wrong

      You sound scared, Demetre.

  • Steven Solidarios

    Having a system that plays all playstation games would be unbelievable! Now if they can upscale to HD and look decent looking good is another story. Im hoping they can pull this off.

  • They do at least need to allow local emulation for PS1 and PS2 discs on PS4 without having to re-download. The reason I say this is because there has to be a way of playing those old games discs without having to get out your old PS1 or PS2 consoles for practical reasons and the PS4 is powerful enough to emulate those old systems. It’s demoralising to have to pay to download a game which you already own on disc.


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