The RPCS3 team recently put out their March progress report, showing off what they've been working on and progress as usual seems to be good.
Firstly, the amount of games being classed as "Playable" continues to grow at a decent pace. As of the latest report 1,188 titles are now fitting that description, up from 1,174 previously so it's improving quickly.
This time around they noted some interesting improvements to texturing systems and lighting, resulting in multiple games now looking a lot more like they should. Take The Last of Us for example, the improvements are quite striking:
You can see more improvements again with Ratchet & Clank: A Crack in Time, now having much improved water rendering:
They also noted work on the SPU Interpreter, which was overhauled into a LLVM-based Interpreter, this unifies some back-end code and simplifies some parts. In addition, the new interpreter saw massive performance improvements with some titles seeing a "20%" improvement in FPS when compared with the legacy implementation. Two titles were mentioned to give an example of this, Sengoku Musou 4 and Dynasty Warriors: Gundam 3 where the performance went from around 10FPS to 50FPS which really is massive.
One other point I found interesting, is that they discovered an issue on Windows where God of War 3 was performing notably poorly. The issue was due to "frequent file cache buffers flushing by the game", which Linux handled a lot better. They have a fix in place now but I just thought it was interesting, that having RPCS3 on Linux helped them track down a Windows performance issue.
When talking about specific games they noted there's a bit of a theme going to start with: Gran Turismo HD Concept is now playable; Gran Turismo 6 can now get in-game although it suffers some graphical issues; Absolute Supercars, Supercar Challenge, Ferrari Challenge: Trofeo Pirelli and Ferrari: The Race Experience have become "comfortably playable"; Ridge Racer 7 is now playable; NASCAR Unleashed is also playable; Doom 3: BFG Edition is playable; College Hoops 2K7 can get in-game and finally Move Street Cricket I & II are now also playable.
They also noted DualShock 3 support in RPCS3, although they're saying this is only for the Windows build "for the time being" so hopefully that will improve in future. I've no doubt it will, just like every other part of RPCS3 continuing to get better.
See the full report here.