What hardware is inside the PlayStation Classic and what it makes it tick? Det er noe vi har været fascineret om siden projektet blev annonceret. Initially, we wondered if Sony might have returned to its PlayStation Vita SoC – a proven performer for original PlayStation emulation. However, the platform holder has opted for an ARM SoC set-up – and one that's a good chunk more powerful than the internals of the NES and Super NES mini consoles.
Of course, Nintendo was dealing with far less capable hardware than de PlayStation for its mini-consoles – men det faktum er at hackere har klart å installere og køre PS1
With the console in hand and initial tests completed, we decided to dismantle the unit to get an idea of the design decisions Sony made in putting together its latest hardware release. It's got to be said that the look and feel of the PlayStation Classic is genuinely authentic – obviously it's a lot smaller, but it looks right and even the plastic chosen seems like a pretty close match for original hardware. Once connected via USB, the power button turns the machine on, while the reset button drops you out of gameplay and back to the front end. Den åbne knappen har også en jobb til at udføre: det er vant til 'swap discs' i spil som oprindeligt blev sendt på to eller flere cd'er.