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To build the PlayStation Classic, Sony turned into an open-source emulator



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The PlayStation Classic releases Dec. 3.


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Sony's PlayStation Classic will offer gamers a library of twenty classic PS1 games when it comes out on Dec. 3, men du vil ikke nødt til at skifte discs til at spille dem: Netop med NES og SNES Classic, dette mikrokonsol er faktisk en tiny computer, der kører emulation software. Unlike Nintendo's throwback console, however, the PlayStation Classic's on-board emulator was not made in-house by Sony. It was made by fans.

The software that beats at the heart of the PlayStation Classic is actually an open source emulator called PCSX ReArmed – as noted in licensing info in the PlayStation Classic menu, spotted by Kotaku. It is an ARM-based fork of the PCSX Reloaded project, and was originally designed to run on the Pandora handheld.

Believe it or not, the fact that the PlayStation Classic is using a fan-made emulator to run its games is actually pretty unique: Video game companies have butted heads with open-source emulators for a long time. Sony has just sued emulator makers in the past going as far as buying companies to shut down emulation.

Sony is not breaking any rules using the open source software – it's well within its rights to – but seeing the company use the work of emulation community to help build its new throwback console is a weird, ironic twist.

It's also a big win for the legitimacy of that community, as game historian Frank Cifaldi points out :

The PlayStation Classic will launch on December 3rd for $ 99.99. Interested? Check out our hands-on preview to see if it's worth your nostalgia.


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