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When did that happen? The RPCS3 emulator now runs Uncharted: Drake's Fortune better than the PlayStation 3, on a Comet Lake i5-10400F

PC gamers with a legitimate copy of Uncharted: Drake's Fortune could finally enjoy a better-than-console experience thanks to RPCS3 (Image source: Naughty Dog)
PC gamers with a legitimate copy of Uncharted: Drake's Fortune could finally enjoy a better-than-console experience thanks to RPCS3 (Image source: Naughty Dog)
The RPCS3 PlayStation 3 emulator has improved considerably over the years. A recent YouTube videos shows an updated version of the emulator running Uncharted: Drake's Fortune at roughly 40 FPS on a Comet Lake i5: Ryzen chips like the 3600X and the newer Ryzen 5000 lineup should do even better.
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The RPCS3 PlayStation 3 emulator can now run Naughty Dog's seminal PlayStation exclusive, Uncharted: Drake's Fortune, at above 30 FPS. YouTuber Karan Benchmarks ran the emulator on a modest rig with a GeForce GTX 1650 Super and an i5 10400F, and recorded framerates in the 40-50 FPS range. This is a significant step up from the base console experience. We expect that gamers on higher-IPC CPUs like the Ryzen 9 5950X or upcoming Rocket Lake parts could shoot for a 60 FPS experience. 

The RPCS3 project was started back in 2011, but consumer CPUs have only gotten fast enough to deliver credible performance over the few years. As a result, we've seen something of a renaissance in the emulation space: the Yuzu emulator delivers a 60 FPS experience in top Nintendo Switch titles like Super Mario Odyssey. The Xenia Xbox 360 emulator makes a good fist of running Red Dead Redemption.

And for those us who didn't pick up a PlayStation 5 just to play Demon's Souls in remastered form, From Software's spectacular Souls debut delivers a pristine, locked 30 FPS experience on RPCS3, across a wide range of hardware configurations. 

Considering that the 8th-gen consoles are built around very weak CPUs, it'll be interesting to see how long it takes for the community to bring out PS4 and Xbox One emulators that offer playable performance. Projects Like GPCS4 are already in the works, so it's likely only a matter of time. 

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I've had a passion for PC gaming since 1996, when I watched my dad score frags in Quake as a 1 year-old. I've gone on to become a Penguin-published author and tech journalist. Apart from working as an editor at Notebookcheck, I write for outlets including TechSpot and Gamingbolt. I’m the Director of Content at Flying V Group, one of the top 5 digital marketing agencies in Orange County. When I'm not traveling the world, gathering stories for my next book, you can find me tinkering with my PC.
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Arjun Krishna Lal, 2021-02-14 (Update: 2021-02-14)