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It looks like PS4 Parappa Remastered is the PSP game running under emulation

Would you believe that the PlayStation 4 remaster of Parappa the Rapper is actually the PSP version running under emulation? That's the remarkable claim put forward by hackers using compromised PlayStation 4s to examine game code, first revealed by 'KiiWii' on the GBATemp forum (with a tip of the hat to Ars Technica for its write-up of the story so far). The actual remastering - such as it is - appears to come in the form of a high resolution texture pack that swaps out the original PSP assets for renditions more becoming of a current-gen system.

The evidence here is compelling, with several hackers providing proof of a small number of other PSP titles running on PlayStation 4 using the same emulation wrapper. Essentially, within the PS4 package, a configuration file points to a PSP UMD disc image, which - in the case of Parappa the Rapper - apparently has the same MD5 hash as the original PSP game, confirming that it's original, untouched code. The configuration file itself suggests that Parappa is running under an all-purpose emulator, with a number of options including the ability to choose between multi-sampling and super-sampling anti-aliasing, plus a toggle on the L3 button to swap between original textures and any remastered replacements.

Further research from hackers has led to a small number of other PSP games running on PS4, apparently confirming that it is a general emulator working behind the scenes here, as opposed to any code bespoke to Parappa only. Compatibility does seem to be highly limited at the moment though. The implication is that further PSP titles released on PS4, such as Loco Roco and Patapon, may also be using the same technique, as injecting the original PSP code for those games into the emulator seems to work fine. Since the original Parappa revelation, 'injector' tools have been released that swap out the Parappa UMD image for one of the user's choosing, with the resultant files only able to run on compromised PlayStation 4 consoles. The list of games running on the emulator seems to be very limited, however.

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Struggling Kickstarter Project Rap Rabbit finally shows prototype gameplay

Kickstarter hopeful Project Rap Rabbit has released a slice of prototype gameplay footage in an attempt to bolster its faltering crowdfunding campaign.

The rhythm-action project, a spiritual successor to cult classic Parappa the Rapper, launched via Kickstarter last month but has so far only raised 136k of its 855k funding goal

But even a sudden reshuffling of stretch goals to make a Nintendo Switch version more attainable has failed to spike interest.

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PaRappa the Rapper Remastered release date set

PaRappa the Rapper Remastered is now slated for a 4th April release on PS4.

It will cost ‎11.99 / $14.99, though PS Plus members will receive a 20 per cent discount.

There's a free demo of it already available. You can also pre-order the game to get a 20th anniversary background theme.

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FeatureI hate freedom

Sarah Ditum would ramen have fun.

I am not a real gamer. I'm just putting that out there now, in the spirit of Fat Amy, to spare anyone the trouble of investigating whether I am in fact a real gamer. I'm not. Not that I imagine those investigations would be especially time-consuming: as I understand it, the conjunction of controller and vagina is usually considered sufficient to make the diagnosis, leading to no end of false positives in the detection of not-real gamers. But in this case, it's true. I'm as not-real as they come.