Last week the Kotaku release they first hands-on review of the new $100 PlayStation Classic mini console which is now available to preorder and will be available to purchase from online retailers early next month from December 3rd, 2018 onwards.
Unfortunately their experience to find the console as a “barebones experience” but another finding also revealed that the PlayStation Classic uses the open-source PlayStation emulator PCSX ReARMed. “A listing of licenses for open-source software accessible in the PlayStation Classic’s menu said that it uses the open-source PlayStation emulator PCSX ReARMed”.
So instead of creating their very own technology Sony simply downloaded an emulator created by enthusiasts to load onto their new mini console which was created to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the PlayStation One classic game system. Let’s hope they put a slice of the profits from the game system back into the development of the emulator and the enthusiasts that have created it. Somehow I can’t see that happening but the use of the open source PlayStation emulator does allow for a few extras highlighted by Brad Linder over at Liliputing.
– You could get a similar experience by using PS1 game ROMS on the same emulator (PCSX ReARMed) on compatible devices with ARM-based hardware, or the related PCSX-Reloaded on devices with x86 chips.
– Maybe this means it’ll be possible to sideload games onto the PlayStation Classic.