Remember the MediEvil remake released on PlayStation 4 at the end of 2019 – which we told you about during its review – and one of its most famous bonus content? But yes, let's talk about the possibility of unlocking (and being able to play!) the original game for the first PlayStation directly from its copy of the remake (it is ironic that a game that has a skeleton as the protagonist allows us to resuscitate a great classic, isn't it?).
Over the past few days, interesting details have emerged about how this possibility has been implemented. To give us some information about it is Lance McDonald, a well-known name within the modding community of the PlayStation 4 games, which has found a real PS1 emulator within the MediEvil remake code. The emulator allows you to run the titles of the first PlayStation in 4K – as long as you use a PS4 Pro – and it seems to be fully functional and independent compared to the task for which it was inserted, to the point that other games can also be run.
Oh wow, do youse remember how in the PS4 remake of Medievil you can unlock the original PS1 version of the game? Turns out there's a whole PS1 emulator in there. Silent Hill running around 4K on a PS4 Pro is … not perfect 🤣 pic.twitter.com/tM3pSTaDjq
– Lance McDonald (@manfightdragon) July 18, 2020
Unfortunately, as McDonald himself points out, the build is not optimized at best when using titles other than the first MediEvil, which may have some graphic glitches or unexpected blocks. This does not surprise us, as the original purpose of the emulator is to allow the execution of only one specific title. In addition, the ordinary user does not have the ability to access this option, so the necessary optimization work would have been wasted.
In any case, this is an interesting curiosity that lets us understand how it could be relatively simple for Sony to make a PS4 emulator capable of allowing the execution of some historical titles. This however could be the path taken by PlayStation 5, at least according to what emerges from some recent patents that seem to suggest the intention to offer a complete backward compatibility towards all previous Sony consoles.
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