PlayStation Classic was a good idea that was disappointingly done. Not surprisingly, hackers have worked hard to blow up the news console as they have already done with Nintendo's NES Classic and SNES Classic.
Jobs have become easier, the claims claim, because Sony claimed to have the key to decoding the PlayStation Classic firmware on the device itself, instead of using a private key held by Sony. The underlying code running on game console is encrypted to prevent people from tampering with it, but in this case, the tools to unlock and start changing how the console works is available to anyone digging through the code by copying it to a PC. As previously reported by Ars Technica, console hacker yifanlu pointed it out to Twitter late last week between his attempt to break up the console's digital architecture at Twitch. So far, they have been able to play unrecognized PS1 games like Spyro using a thumbs up and currently working to get other emulators to work with it too.
"There is really no security on the device at all," said yifanlu Kotaku in an email. "Sony managed to accidentally include their private software update private keys on each console."
Although it may take some more time for homebrew developers to start changing how the PlayStation Classic menu system works, it shows new games and boxing art, simply playing them on PlayStation Classic was easy. "The 20 included games are stored on the device in standard ISO format," said yifanlu. "There are no extra checks, so you can only replace the files or redirect the mount to another location (like a USB drive)." You can actually get the PlayStation classic to download games and applications from other devices because it's not
In the past few days, yifanlu and others have tried out games like Crash Bandicoot 1 and Tony Hawks Pro Skater 2 some of PS1's most recognizable titles that never made it on PlayStation Classic.
Currently hackers have been able to download games of USB drives by replacing them for games already on the console. In fact, expanding the interface to display more than 20 games will require a little more fine tuning. A homebrew developer, Pat Hartl, is currently working on a program called BleemSync, which is PlayStation Classics equivalent of hakchi, the software used to install ROMs on NES and SNES Classics. Of course, playing with any of these things always brings the risk of losing the console.
For yifanlu, they are more disappointed with PlayStation Classics lack of security more than the fact that it lacks Crash Bandicoot . "My opinion is that Sony does not really care about this console," said Yifanlu. "Everything about it was cut corners, including safety. It was a bit too pity about how easy it was to hack, considering that Vita was one of the safest consoles ever released."
Sony did not respond to a request from Kotaku for comment.