Emulation is a complicated subject matter but there is no doubt that it brings a lot of enhancements for games that were released years ago. Metal Gear Solid 4 is one of these games that badly needs a remaster for the current generation consoles. It suffers from a low resolution on the PS3 however the complicated nature of its development means it has remained as a PS3 exclusive for now.
RPCS3 is the first and only functional PlayStation 3 emulator. The developers have made some major progress in 2017 by making some of the games work on it including Demon’s Souls and Persona 5. However, when it comes to PlayStation 3 first party exclusives like Uncharted, they are still having trouble making them run.
Metal Gear Solid 4 is one of the major PS3 exclusive that has yet to release on any other platform, and with the departure of Kojima from Konami, the series is currently stuck in a rut. The first 3 Metal Gear Solid games are all playable in HD but Metal Gear Solid 4 is perhaps the only one that hasn’t shown its full visual beauty in emulation or with a remaster.
The folks behind RPCS3 shared a major update on the progress for running the game on their emulator, confirming that it can now go into the menus. This might seem like a simple step for now, but it matters a lot in term of progress because the game wasn’t even booting in the emulator. If the progress for the emulator is steady, perhaps we might get to play this classic in a better resolution with the other image quality improvements. Unless Konami changes their mind and releases a full HD remaster for it on PS4 and Xbox One.