Retro-gaming consoles have spread in recent years, leveraging both the nostalgic feelings of old gamers and the chance to try great classics, optimized for modern TVs.
The mini-consoles (which we have already examined in the article: the best mini consoles) are ready-made solutions that allow you to enjoy a certain number of games without too much difficulty and with intuitive and simple interfaces.
Sony has proposed a version of the historic Playstation 1, called Playstation Classic (or PS Classic / PSC) with 20 pre-loaded games. The console is very beautiful aesthetically and represents a faithful reproduction of the original dated 1994; unfortunately due to its list price (initially set at 99) and the small number of basic games present, it has not been very successful. For all the info on the Sony mini-console, read our in-depth analysis on PS Classic.
Fortunately now the Playstation Classic available at a much lower price (which has only cost 20 euros) and, thanks to the community of geeks, it is possible to add very easily, not only all titles in the Playstation catalog but turn it into one full rear console with the ability to play NES, SNES, Nintendo 64, PSP, Dreamcast, Gameboy, Gameboy Advance and more.
In this guide, we will see how to modify the Playstation Classic to play any PS1 game and use it as emulator for other consoles.
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How to edit PS Classic
The procedure for modifying the PS Classic described in the guide is based on AutoBleem and not the only way to make the change. We chose AutoBleem because it is very simple to install and the original console will remain exactly the same, without any change of internal files or payloads.
What is needed
- A USB stick of at least 2 GB or larger
- AutoBleem – available on the official website (see point 1 below)
- A computer with any operating system (Windows, Mac, Linux)
The same USB pendrive will be used for load games in the form of ROM, images or "backup copies" of the original games. It is also possible to use a USB Hard Disk but the support is currently limited.
1. Download AutoBleem
Download AutoBleem Ultimate from the official repository: AutoBleem repo
The version we're going to use autobleem-0.7.1_Ultimate-RetroBoot.zip which already has all the covers of the PS1 and RetroBoot games integrated (to emulate the other consoles).
2. Format USB stick
Use your operating system to format the USB stick in FAT32 (not ExFat or NTFS which are not supported by AutoBleem).
USB calls SONY. The correct basic name for start AutoBleem.
3. Copy files to the USB stick
Extract the archive downloaded in step 1 and copy all the files directly to the root of the USB stick, the drive you have just created called SONY.
4. Start Playstation Classic Modified
At this point, take the pen and insert in the door number 2 of the PS Classic. At startup, you will have a menu other than the standard Playstation mini menu.
To start the standard games included in the console or the ones we're going to add, just use the button start of the joypad.
Load new Playstation 1 games
Adding new PS1 games to the Playstation Classic is very simple: get the ROMs (see last paragraph) or dump your old original games.
Each new game is inserted into one subdirectory on the USB device Games NAME and usually consists of a .cue file and a .bin file.
Considering that the version we used of AutoBleem the one with all the covers of the games already available, you will have the possibility to start new games directly from the menu dedicated to PS Classic games (always start it with the button start on the joypad).
Load retro-console games on Playstation Classic
To start games of any other retro-console, such as N64, SNES, NES, Megadrive, Neogeo, etc., we will use the emulator RetroArch (in its Retroboot version) that you have already inserted following this guide.
The game ROMs of the other consoles are inserted in the roms folder on USB stick, having the foresight to first create a root folder for each emulator (core) you are using.
For example: roms N64 and roms SNES
Add the ROMs (also compressed in .zip) into their respective folders. To start these titles, you will need to use RetroArch directly:
- Start PS Classic and press the square button
- For add the ROMs in the list, only the first time you have entered them, scan the contents by going to the menu with the "+" and choosing "Scan Directory"> "Scan This Directory"
- You will have a new symbol for the rear console and the list of inserted games and ready to start on Playstation Classic
Where to find the ROMs
It is a very delicate topic and we invite you to do a simple Google search because there are many sources. If you want our advice, write: the-eye roms (without quotes) on Google and click on the first result.
Play with multiple joypads or joypads other than PS Classic
Changing the console works as long as the USB stick that you prepared while driving remains connected to port 2 of the Playstation mini. If you want to use more than one joypad, we recommend using one USB HUB which adds a USB port to the console, such as the one available on Amazon:
If you want, you can use any other wireless joypad via bluetooth, for example that of the PS4, Xbox One. To do this, get an adapter always on sale on Amazon: