Fans should lower their expectations of Sony New Game Preservation Team, At least for now. News that a dedicated game archiving team had been formed suggested it was working on it PS3 emulation on PS5. However, Senior Build Engineer Garrett Fredley, who broke the news about the preservation team, clarified that he is not currently working on the emulation and that his work is only focused on archiving.
Will the PlayStation Game Preservation team work on a PS3 emulator for PS5?
TBD on whether I’ll personally play a big part in the emulation work, although I’ll share what I can if it comes to that. It’s only my second day 😅
— Garrett Fredley (@SomeCronzaGuy) April 26, 2022
At the moment, it doesn’t appear that Sony’s game preservation team is actively working on a PS3 emulator for PS5. However, that doesn’t mean a project to emulate PS3 games on PS5 isn’t in the works. Fans carelessly believed that the team would have anything to do with emulation since it’s just a (crucial) part of the game’s preservation effort.
When a company wants to archive a game, it goes beyond just storing a ROM or an ISO on a server. Various builds including alphas, betas, release candidates and updates need to be documented and stored. Uncreated assets and documentation must also be cataloged. Depending on the game, this can be a grueling process that requires archivists to sift through tons of data. However, the end result will be a well-organized overview of the game’s development along with the source code at various stages, making it much easier to port or emulate to another system.
While the preservation team may not develop a way to emulate PS3 games on PS5, their archival work will support any effort to do so.