Sony's PlayStation Classic uses popular PC open-source emulator

Donna Miller
November 10, 2018

The impending release of Sony's attempt got us thinking, so we sat down to chat about the respective advantages and drawbacks of the PlayStation Classic and Super NES Classic. While the move was hardly a surprise, what helped its conception certainly was.

We're not fully understanding the backlash really, though - surely the most important thing is that the games run correctly, and our understanding is that the PCSX ReARMed emulator is more than up to the task.

Emulators are basically software made to run games made for a specific platform on a different platform, particularly on the PC. And it can even be included in a retail product, as is the case with the PlayStation Classic.

The latest gaming forum controversy pertains to the PlayStation Classic and the fact that it's running open source software named PCSX ReARMed, an emulator which was first conceived all the way back in 2000. Like we've seen with Nintendo's classic line of consoles, the reset button is used to access the main menu.

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Emulators by themselves are technically not illegal, but their function allowed for a certain form of video game piracy.

So yeah, before complaining you console gamers about PC gamers pirating the console games via emulators, know that the mini console you are about to buy is actually using the very same emulator you have criticised.

This is an interesting development if you're a fan of emulators and ROMs.

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