The Playstation Classic was released December 3, to mostly negative reviews — partly due to the lackluster lineup preinstalled on it. Last week it was discovered that the Classic ran off the open-source emulator PCSX ReARMed, and that the menu for this emulator could be accessed by simply plugging in a keyboard.
Once that fact was out there, we figured it wouldn’t be long before the end goal — loading other games onto the Playstation Classic — would become a reality. Such a feature is now possible, but not perfected.
Turns out the device has incredibly weak security — the encryption key Sony used to secure the most sensitive parts was included in the code for some reason. The whole thing is an open book, and according to Ars Technica, within a day or two it became possible to simply plug a flash drive into the Playstation Classic and play new games.
However, it works differently than on the NES or SNES Classic. Currently, the biggest hurdle to putting new games onto Playstation Classic is that you have to uninstall the old ones. The menu on the device is not currently malleable — its graphics only allow for 20 games to be displayed. It won’t be long before they figure out a way to alter that, though — either from an altered menu or a replacement menu altogether.
For now, we can say there IS a way to do it. Here’s a video of Crash Bandicoot running on a PS Classic: