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 justgoing 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?to see if it's worth your nostalgia.