System Requirements for Sony PS3 Emulators

Being one of the most powerful (and popular) consoles of the 7th Gaming Generation, the Sony Playstation 3 is known for its high-definition graphics, easy control interface and its slew of popular games. For PC gamers, there is the option to install a Sony PS3 emulator to get the chance to play games exclusive to the PS3. However, the emulator requires a certain level of technical specifications in order to mimic the console’s performance. Below are the optimum technical specifications to get to use the emulator fully.

CPU Processor

The Playstation 3 runs on very different processor than the other consoles of its generations. Since it was considered revolutionary at its time, the PS3 processor has no existing or superior counterpart other than what would be found in its successor.

However, this does not mean that the PC cannot imitate, or even surpass, the PS3 Processor’s performance. The best chipset needed to run any PS3 Emulator is the Intel Core i7 running at 2.67 GHZ. This chipset boasts the strongest performance out of any existing process which enables any computer to easily mimic the PS3’s performance.


Even the strongest processor out there will experience problems with an emulator if it lacks the right amount of memory. Without the right amount of memory in your hard drive, you’d best prepare yourself to stare at loading screens for a long time. For games that seamlessly load as you play (like God of War 3), this would that the PC will freeze from time to time.

The minimum requirement to properly play an emulator would be at 2GB. However, the best gameplay experience would require a 4GB RAM. This will allow players to seamlessly go through PS3 games with minimal lags and loading screens. Also, this will decrease the chance of the PC crashing mid-game.

Graphics Card

The astounding graphics found in the PS3 are made possible with a very powerful graphics card exclusive to the console. The intense pixel shaders, high-definition resolution and crystal clear textures in the best PS3 games all run on a very powerful graphics card developed only for the console. In fact, most PS3-exclusives are theorized to not run properly if put in other consoles due to their graphical demands. This is also perhaps the reason why a lot of PS3 games like the Last Guardian and Final Fantasy XV are taking a long time to be released to the public.

To get maximum graphical performance in the emulator, you need to have an AMD Radeon 7970 Graphics Card or better. Currently one of the best graphics card in the market, the Radeon 7970 will allow for impressive graphical quality without experiencing decreases in PC performance.

In addition, Direct X11 has to be installed so there would not be any graphical problems even if everything is set at maximum levels. If the PC is experiencing performance issues graphics-wise while running a Sony PS3 Emulator, it is necessary to download and install the latest DirectX Driver.