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Provenance Emulator Set to Arrive in the App Store, Expanding iOS Support for PlayStation Games


In a surprising move that has revamped its App Store guidelines, Apple now permits retro game console emulator apps on its iOS and tvOS platforms. Riding on the coattails of the successful launch of Delta, the team behind Provenance announced plans to launch their emulator in the App Store, introducing PlayStation game emulation to iPhone and iPad users.

Provenance Brings PlayStation and More to iOS

Already accessible through methods like AltStore, Provenance is an emulator that goes beyond the capabilities of Riley Testut’s Delta—which recently debuted on the App Store. It supports a wide array of classic gaming systems from Nintendo (including NES, SNES, Game Boy, Nintendo 64, and DS), as well as consoles from Atari, Sega, and PlayStation.

Joseph Mattiello, the project leader for Provenance, confirmed this development in an interview with iMore. He mentioned that while Apple has opened the door for game emulators, there are numerous guidelines to adhere to before Provenance can be officially submitted for App Store review.

This development is a boon for fans of game emulation, as it will allow them to play PlayStation games on iOS devices without the need to sideload. Mattiello also hinted at future updates that would enable Provenance to support SEGA Dreamcast and Sony PlayStation 2 games.

Legal and App Store Guidelines

Historically, Apple’s App Store guidelines prohibited emulation software on its platforms. However, recent changes influenced by the DMA antitrust legislation and the creation of App Marketplaces in the EU have prompted Apple to revise its stance, now permitting such software on the App Store globally—though only retro console emulation is allowed.

The legality of emulation often sparks debate, largely because it frequently involves downloading pirated game copies, known as ROMs. Nonetheless, Apple’s guidelines clearly state that developers are responsible for ensuring that their software, including any emulated content, adheres to these guidelines and all applicable laws.

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