Nintendo’s successful and sought-after line of “Classics” including models replicating both the Nintendo Entertainment System and the Super Nintendo has inspired multiple companies to try to enter that same marketing; including Sony, with their PlayStation Classic. We have now learned that the “mini” PlayStation is running off of the open source emulator PCSX.
Frank Cifaldi, founder of the Video Game History foundation, released a thread of tweets expounding on the finding, including a very adamant stance on the debate of companies using emulation. “Lesser educated people might see this as a cause of frustration”, Cifaldi stated, “but here’s the reality: it’s an acknowledgement that an ‘amateur’ emulator can be just as valid as an ‘official’ one (and they’re usually better!)”.
The PlayStation Classic uses an open source emulator, PCSX. Lesser educated people might see this as a cause of frustration, but here’s the reality: it’s an acknowledgement that an “amateur” emulator can be just as valid as an “official” one (and they’re usually better!). pic.twitter.com/zJztoiYiwT
— Frank Cifaldi (@frankcifaldi) November 8, 2018
Cifaldi also makes reference to the media giant’s past history of legal battles, including its unsuccessful attempt at suing an early Playstation emulator almost two decades ago. In 1999, Sony ultimately lost a legal battle between now defunct company Connectix over its Mac-based PlayStation emulator, Virtual GameStation. Months later, the company ended up being bought out by Sony and having the emulator shut down, but now it seems that the company is open to using consumer made software for their own devices.
“There’s been this decades-long myth that emulators a company makes and sells you are somehow better. Now we have acknowledgement from THE PEOPLE WHO MAKE PLAYSTATION that a free emulator is good enough to be official” Cifaldi continued. While this seems to be an issue with most large console companies, there has been a small, but positive shift occurring betweens consumer-made software and the official producers. In recent years, Sega has proudly supported fan made products and titles using their software and IPs, even bringing in creators of said projects to work on developing official Sega produced games, including 2017’s critically acclaimed Sonic Mania.
The PlayStation Classic is set to launch on December 3rd, 2018, with 20 games pre-loaded onto the console, including Metal Gear Solid, Grand Theft Auto, Final Fantasy VII, and Resident Evil: Director’s Cut. The system will retail for $99.99, and is currently available for preorder.
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