The world of Emulation is pretty interesting and progressing faster than we’d anticipated, with older generation consoles being emulated to near perfection, and recent and current emulation already on the way, it seems an Experimental PS4 Emulator called Orbital is already making progress as well.
Youtube Alexandro Sanchez has uploaded the first video for Orbital, where he demonstrates the early stages of the emulation, and it results, check it out below
Now, a lot of what’s going on here is quite technical, and relevant to people who are more familiar with how these consoles are programmed, but here is the current state of progress, that has been made
All drivers initialize correctly.
VFS is successfully loaded.
First userland application, /mini-syscore.elf, is decrypted and launched successfully.
Shortly after /SceSysAvControl.elf is launched which successfully handles system events.
Simultaneously, mini-syscore detects an issue with the HDD, which is to be expected during first-time boots, and launches /safemode.elf.
The system enters Safe Mode successfully but gets frozen while rendering the safe mode menu.
Now, Alexandro Sanchez has mentioned in his video, that the emulator, is not ready for end-users and is currently only relevant to programmers and developers, but this does mean, that work has already started on PS4 Emulation.
Currently, the RPCS3, which is a PS3 Emulator, is capable of running a good amount of games, and is able to boot plenty more as well, provided you have the specifications, progress and improvements are being made on a monthly basis, as the developers are getting Patreon funding as well, from their fans.