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Playstation 4 Emulator
Release: Spine, a PS4 Emulator for Linux that already runs some commercial games

There’s been a bit of a buzz around the release, a couple days ago, of “Spine”, a tool that claims to be a PS4 emulator for Linux. Turns out it’s the real deal, according to a few trusted members of the PS4 scene who have tried it.

What is Spine PS4 Emulator?

Spine is a PS4 emulator that runs on Linux, and according to its developer, the first publicly available PS4 emulator to be able to launch commercial games, beating Orbital to the punch.

There’s been a healthy level of skepticism surrounding the release of Spine: First, the tool is entirely closed source which makes it hard for people to trust the release is not some hoax or worse. Secondly, one of the first mentions of the emulator by its dev was a video published on April fools day this year. Last but not least, the initial demo binary was posted on some random hosting website rather than a typically more trusted site such as github.

But according to the developer, the project is serious and has been in the works since 2018. The main reason to not open source Spine seems to be that the author does not want to lose control of their code and see forks popping up left and right.

Spine PS4 emulator already runs some Commercial games at full speed

The few people who were brave enough to try the release have confirmed that this is the real deal. And it does indeed run commercial games to some extent (no sound for now), provided you’re lucky enough to try a game that’s not too demanding, and that you have a hacked PS4 lying around (or are able to get decrypted copies of your PS4 games another way). See details below.

Specifically, trusted PS3/PS4 scene veteran Zecoxao reports that Megaman Legends Legacy and We are doomed run well. Megaman in particular is reported to run at full speed on mid-spec gaming computers. Again, without sound for the moment.

It remains to be seen how far “devofspine” is willing to take this project and how it will compete with Orbital. But given that Spine runs some commercial games, it could gain some steam pretty fast.

Download and run Spine PS4 emulator

You can download the latest release on the developer’s github here. Again, do not expect to find the actual source code there.

In order to run Spine (from the author):
Quote:spinedemo – PS4 emulator for Linux


Primary version is packaged using Flatpak (https://flatpak.org).

> flatpak –user install flatpak/spinedemo.flatpak

Alternative version was built on Fedora 29 and binary is in fedora29 directory.
This was done because version built with flatpak runtime doesn’t seem to work
with Nvidia drivers.

The only supported game is Mega Man Legacy Collection. You need to dump it on
your PS4 and copy it to your computer. Only two files are strictly needed
(eboot.bin and data.pie).

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


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}


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 – rightstick up
keypad 2 – rightstick down
keypad 1 – rightstick left
keypad 3 – rightstick right

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

9 – touchpad press
0 – options

User 0x20man on reddit adds:

Quote:You need an exploitable PS4, launch the exploit, launch one of the titles supported, go back to the dashboard, grab the files you find on the “/mnt/sandbox/CUSAXXXX/app0′ (the eboot.bin and the data directory), put the files in a dir somewhere in your home (to run this emulator you need a Linux distribution so you have a home dir ^__~), finally launch the static binary or the flatpak as indicated on the README.

P.S. you can probably also find online a fake signed package of the titles supported, you could/should be able to extract the files without an exploited PS4 as scene fpkg use all zeroes as passcode (i.e. “0000000000000000000000000000000”)…

Source: http://wololo.net/2019/06/11/release-spi...ial-games/

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