Playing in the comfort of your room without having to set up a console is a desirable situation and that is where Emulation comes in. Emulation is the reproduction of the function or action of a different computer or software system.
An emulator can be a hardware device or software which one can use to mimic functions of another system. Emulation consists of two parts – a host system and a guest system. As part of the mimicking functionality, the emulator enables the host system to run the software and use devices made for the guest system.
A home-console that has its fair share of emulators is Sony’s Playstation and this article will talk about some of the best emulators out there for Android and PC.
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Most emulators have simplified user interfaces for interaction but Mednafen uses a command line interface which may be difficult to for people unfamiliar with code and directories.
The emulator is available here – for PC
It has support for up to 8 simultaneous people playing and net-play traffic is handled by a central dedicated server that helps keep things synced. There is also private game chat support and public chat to speak with people outside your game room.
The emulator is available here – on PC
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The Android version can be found here
It also emulates the PSN versions of the PlayStation Classics.
The emulator is said to improve every month and has Patreon support set up for it.
It is available for PC here
It is available on the Playstore here
The emulator is available for download here
Orbital: An emulator for the Playstation 4. It can only boot the firmware as of now and not play any commercial games.
Vita3K: This is an emulator for the PS Vita which was built after much deliberation. It can play only a few commercial games but does support homebrew games.