The PlayStation Classic Has Been Hacked Really Quickly
The PlayStation Classic has been troubled by a list of bugs nearly since its inception. Being exposed with just 5 of the included 20 games know led many to raise a suspicious eyebrow. The addition of the original PlayStation digital-only controller over the Dual Shock analog controller left much thinking about why. The final game list had many detractors over the complete lack of actual “PlayStation Hits” like Castlevania Symphony of the Night, Tomb Raider, Crash Bandicoot, and Spyro the Dragon. Worst of all was the final realization that nearly half the games on the PlayStation Classic were inferior performing PAL region releases.
The thing didn’t get much better for Sony’s micro-console upon release last week as it was quickly discovered the emulation quality was phenomenally subpar. Many inaccuracies in both sound and video quality could be easily detected. Worse yet the play in some games was worse than a 20-year-old computer emulating the same game. The worst part of this story is that the hardware added in the PlayStation Classic is more than able of delivering a capable and pleasant emulation experience for Sony’s first console. Loss of optimization with Sony’s fork of the capable open-sourced emulator PCSX RE-armed has managed to seriously gimp this once hopeful system.
All hope is not lost for the PlayStation Classic, however! Famous Vita hacker Yifanlu managed to blow the PlayStation Classic wide open all on a live stream. Yifanlu was able to sideload games from USB. While the method Yifanlu wouldn’t be useful for the common user, since it needed soldering, payloads have since been made to allow the method to work straight from USB. While this is excellent to allow users to change up the game list on there new mini console it doesn’t yet fix the bad emulator. But, the fact the system is now wide open and easily changeable means it is only a matter of time before community developers and hackers fix all the errors found on the PlayStation Classic. If you want to try out the hacks for yourself keep in mind there is a small chance you can brick your gaming console.