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Amidst a Spine PS4 Emulator for Linux rumored to be in development by devofspine (YouTube Channel) come conflicting reports from both Reddit users labeling it as an old April Fool's joke and fake to established PS4 scene developers who state the SpineDemo is indeed legitimate containing PS4 symbols and function names (resolver). :unsure:

Previously we've seen an Orbital PS4 Emulator in development, but according to @zecoxao (notzecoxao via Twitter) on this latest PlayStation 4 emulator to quote: "Megaman Legends runs at steady 60 fps in my ryzen 5 1050 ti (although no audio)" followed by confirming "We are doomed also works."

Download: SpineDemo / GIT

To quote from the NOTE This repository contains sources of a Flatpak package for spinedemo. Spinedemo is a demo version of spine which is a Wine-like PS4 emulator for Linux that is being developed in private.

See releases for binary downloads.

spine - PS4 emulator for Linux
spinedemo version 20190609

1. Requirements
2. Installation
3. Running
4. Controls
5. Changes

1. Requirements

Linux installation with working OpenGL acceleration (3.3+). Preferably native
for better performance but at least one VM is known to work.

  • native installation
  • VMware Fusion
  • VirtualBox
2. Installation

Default version is packaged using Flatpak (
> flatpak --user install flatpak/spinedemo.flatpak
Alternative version was built on Fedora 29 and statically linked. It requires only OpenGL and SDL2. It is provided in the static directory.

This was done because version built with flatpak runtime doesn't seem to work with Nvidia drivers.

Supported games (md5 of executable, other dumps may also work):
  • Mega Man Legacy Collection
  • 6911087c37fde29034c1d9ef2950684a eboot.bin (ELF)
  • 38c82774d44373cf24f84401eec97623 eboot.bin (SELF)

  • We Are Doomed
  • 01fc7a91797a2debda8d0f14b4b0fa55 eboot.bin (ELF)
  • 6cf309f131434bcff7d8737664b45c8e eboot.bin (SELF)
Releases are currently tested on:
  • desktop computer with Nvidia GTX970, Fedora 29 - binary version works, flatpak doesn't
  • laptop running Fedora 29 under VMware Fusion - both versions work
3. Running

Dump the game on your PS4 and copy the resulting files to your PC.

To run flatpak version:
flatpak run --filesystem={dump directory}:ro org.devofspine.SpineDemo {path to eboot.bin}
To run binary version:
> spinedemo {path to eboot.bin}
4. Controls
  • ESC - exit

  • arrow up - dpad up
  • arrow down - dpad down
  • arrow left - dpad left
  • arrow right - dpad right

  • w - triangle
  • s - cross
  • a - square
  • d - circle

  • i - leftstick up
  • k - leftstick down
  • j - leftstick left
  • l - leftstick right

  • keypad 5 or t - rightstick up
  • keypad 2 or g - rightstick down
  • keypad 1 or f - rightstick left
  • keypad 3 or h - rightstick right

  • 1 - L1
  • 2 - R1
  • 3 - L2
  • 4 - R2
  • 5 - L3
  • 6 - R3

  • 9 - touchpad press
  • 0 - options
5. Changes
  • 20190609 - One more down, 9998 to go. Additional rightstick keys for laptop keyboards.
  • 20190607 - Statically linked binary with no dependencies except GL and SDL2
  • 20190605 - Initial release
While PlayStation 4 scene developers continue to debate and determine the authenticity of this rumor, those interested can check out the demonstration video below and share your thoughts in the comments.

spine - PS4 emulator for Linux

Spoiler: Related Tweets

Spine - Still Alive
Spine PS4 Emulator for Linux Rumored, Demo Video by DevOfSpine.jpg



It's a HLE PS4 emulator similar to Wine for Linux (High Level Emulation, it translate PS4 API calls to Linux equivalent, a different approach than Orbital), most recent release can run PS4 Megaman Legacy and We Are Doomed, not only there's a video but the emulator itself can be downloaded in the GitHub page if someone want to test it.

The developer wanted to push out an early build/demo to be on record as the first PC emulator able to run PS4 commercial titles.

From what I can tell it's legit, I've tried We Are Doomed (I copied the files straight from my PS4 to my PC) and if you don't consider some render glitches, it works surprisingly well.


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i think i buy ps4 to play modern games, retro game like that can be played through android device

and i think by making this emulator for ps4 is a another step stone to create better emulator for ps4 console like psp, ps vita, nds, 3ds since ps4 hardware is muchh more capable emulating those device rather than emulating like 386 dx retro pc i think it would be waste if final emulation ps4 project is only aiming for 80's 90's retro hardware
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