PS2 emulator development halts after death threats

PS2 emulator development halts after death threats

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The sole developer behind AetherSX2, a PlayStation 2 emulator for Android devices, has announced that it is ceasing development of the app due to the “endless” online exposure, complaints, requests and death threats it has received.

“AetherSX2 was always meant to be a fun hobby for me, not a profit driven one. There’s no point in continuing to do a hobby that’s no longer fun,” said the developer in the short post on the AetherSX2 website announces suspension of development. “Thanks to everyone who hasn’t been ad*ck this past year.”

Before AetherSX2, the only viable emulation option for people who wanted to play PS2 games on their Android devices was DamonPS2. However, people in emulator circles appreciated having AetherSX2 as an alternative as DamonPS2, a for-profit closed-source app, was accused of stealing source code from the team behind the free and open-source PS2 emulator PCXS2 in a now-deleted post that you can view via the Wayback Machine.

Leading up to the developer’s decision to end work on AetherSX2, the folks at r/EmulatiotnonAndroid subreddit expressed concern about the pressure the AetherSX2 developer was dealing with while being overwhelmed with user requests. In a screenshot post on Discord, the developer of AetherSX2, who goes by the name Tahlreth, explained why they disabled their Discord channel. According to the screenshot, “some idiot” requested that the emulator run on iOS.

“Congratulations guys, you pushed and pushed another dev too much and they are seriously considering just quitting for good,” Tahlreth wrote in the Discord screen post.

my city reached out to Tahlreth for comment.

According to the developer’s post on the AetherSX2 website, people can still download and use current builds of AetherSX2 “for the foreseeable future.” As a footnote, the developer warned people to practice “good security hygiene” and not install Android package files from random corners of the internet.

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