The PlayStation Classic uses the PCSX ReARMed emulator

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The upcoming PlayStation Classic has been found to use the open-source PCSX ReARMed emulator to run its games. The emulator has been developed by retro gaming enthusiasts, not Sony. It's curious that Sony opted to use an emulator rather than develop their own system for the retro console.
Sam Medley,

Miniature retro-themed consoles are all the rage. Ever since Nintendo’s NES Classic Edition, it seems like every gaming company is trying to cash in on the nostalgia. However, some of them may cut corners with production in an effort to jump on the bandwagon before it pulls out of town. Sony may be one of those. As it turns out, the gaming company is using the open-source PCSX ReARMed emulator for their upcoming PlayStation Classic.

Chris Kohler pointed this out in an exclusive hands-on report published by Kotaku earlier this week. PCSX ReARMed (PCSXR) is a PlayStation 1 (PSX) emulator based designed for ARM-based machines. PCSXR is based on the uber-popular PCSX Reloaded emulator, one of the most widely distributed PSX emulators.

It’s interesting that Sony has resorted to using an open-source (read: not made by them) emulator for their commercially-sold console. PCSX Reloaded has been the basis of countless homemade retro machines since its release years ago. It is rather telling that Sony would build a commercial product on the work of members the retro gaming community rather than develop a system in-house, but they likely have their reasons.

On the plus side, this may make it easier to hack the PlayStation Classic and load your own games on it.


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Sam Medley, 2018-11-10 (Update: 2018-11-10)
Sam Medley
Sam Medley - Review Editor - @samuel_medley
I've been a "tech-head" my entire life. After graduating college with a degree in Mathematics, I worked in finance and banking a few years before taking a job as a Systems Analyst for my local school district. I started working with Notebookcheck in October of 2016 and have enjoyed writing news articles and notebook reviews. My areas of interest include the business side of technology, retro gaming, Linux, and innovative gadgets. When I'm not hunched over an electronic device or writing code for a new database, I'm either outside with my family, playing a decade-old video game, or sitting behind a drum set.