While Sony’s new miniature replica console may not have had all the titles on it you would have hoped for, some hackers have already figure out how to add new games to PlayStation Classic. As expected, hackers have breached the new PS Classic and are playing all those games you wished were on there in the first place.
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The obvious complaints aside, we found the PlayStation Classic to be a faithful nostalgia trip despite some of the glaring flaws. Sony likely landed on some tough licensing issues when it comes to the built-in game library, but just the same as Nintendo’s miniature replicas before it, hackers are already beginning to “fix” that problem.
Glaring Security Flaws
As previously reported, hackers quickly figured out that Sony apparently left some firmware update keys on the consoles themselves. This essentially means there “really isn’t any security on the device at all,” according to hacker yifanlu, allowing them to add new games to PlayStation Classic at will.
While it looks as though it will take more time for hackers to fully take over the UI of the system, yifanlu and others are already playing games on it that weren’t included. Apparently the built-in library is just a series of ISO files that can be replaced or redirected at will. Due to the aforementioned security key issue, there are essentially no checks in place to stop keen individuals from running games on PS Classic using a thumb drive or something along those lines.
How to Add New Games to PlayStation Classic
Games like Crash Bandicoot 1, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2, and others have been successfully tested on Sony’s new replica. PlayStation Classic hacks are still in the early stages here though as it will take more time to have the console’s UI display box art and proper menu options for new titles.
Another individual by the name of Pat Hartl is working on a tool known as BleemSync that will aid you in installing ROMS on the PlayStation Classic. But as usual, you will be doing so at your own risk, considering tampering with these kinds of things could very well turn your PS Classic gaming console into a bricked miniature plastic model of a PS1.
For more details and a chance to win yourself a PlayStation Classic for free, head over to our Review/Giveaway post. If you have already locked one in, you might want to check out these 4 must-have add-ons for new mini PS1 clone. And the good folks over at 8Bitdo have already announced a new adapter that will add wireless Bluetooth controller support to your setup.