PS4 Emulator Spine v20220517 Released – Promises to Improve Compatibility


Earlier this week, an update for the PS4 Emulator Spine, dubbed as 20220517, was released by Spinedev.

This brand new emulator release, while it remains quite experimental at this point, promises to improve compatibility with a variety of different games.

Not only that but it also seemingly offers a number of other enhancements that can take your experience to the next level as well.

With that being said, what exactly is Spine PS4 Emulator?

To put it simply, Spine is a PS4 emulator that runs on Linux and is still considered to be in private development, although the demo has been available to the public for quite a while.

The developer describes it as the very first publicly available emulator for the PS4 that is able to launch commercial games, as opposed to other projects currently in development such as Orbital.

Keep in mind that Spinedev has decided to keep their emulator closed source for the time being in order to avoid the spread of forks which can dilute their efforts at such an early stage of development.

However, at the same time, it’s important to note that parts of the source can still be found on the demo github.

So what does the new release bring to the table?

As mentioned before, this version promises to improve compatibility.

Furthermore, it doesn’t contain a Readme file so users are trying to figure out all the changes all by themselves.

Sure enough, however, some of them, such as Zecoxao, have already shared a couple of comments, screenshots and videos detailing the changes they have identified.

John Godgames has also posted videos showcasing the games currently running on Spine, including:

  • Adventure Pop, Ash of Gods: Redemption, Dead Island Retro Revenge, Bombing Busters, Ziggurat, Tiny Troopers: Joint Ops, The Take Over, Little Dragons Café, Tad and the Lost Scroll, Aegis of Earth: Protonovus Assault, Hellpoint, The Smurfs: Mission Vileaf, Ginger: Beyond the Crystal, Bomber Crew, I am Setsuna and more.

It may all sound really convenient and exciting but you should still keep in mind that you are likely to encounter many glitches and rendering issues that can be so bad they will make some of the games unplayable.

All in all however, there is no denying that PS4 emulation is here and it’s here to stay.

Besides, some of the glitches can contribute their own unique flavor to the games, making them at least interesting if nothing else.

Ionela Ghergus
Ionela Ghergus has been writing for multiple publications since graduating university in 2015. She strongly believes learning is a lifelong process so she has many interests and knowledge about a variety of topics she loves to share through her product reviews and guides. She is especially passionate about technology and how it constantly transforms the world we live in, which is why covering tech news and compiling best gadget lists is currently her biggest focus as a journalist.