PlayStation fans were ecstatic when the PlayStation Classic was first announced, but some may be disappointed that the nostalgic console runs the games via an open source emulator, and not through the classic console itself. Like many PC players, this console uses the open source PCSX emulator to run its list of games.
Now, it's worth mentioning that other classic consoles such as the SNES Classic do the same, but ultimately, some may argue that the overall emulation may not be as "authentic" or worth the price tag. This may add further frustration to those already disappointed by the hit-or-miss game list coming to the classic console.
Of course, as noted below, this does speak validity to the credentials of the open source emulator, but it seems to also be a free workaround for Sony. There is also a bit of irony in the fact that Sony once sued a PlayStation emulator, and is now using emulation technology to power the PlayStation Classic.
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 the Last (@frankcifaldi) November 8, 2018
For those unaware, about 19 years ago, Sony sued a PlayStation emulator and lost the case, but then it wound up buying the company and shutting it down. Now that it is using an open source emulator for its own profit with PlayStation Classic, many have been critical of the company for doing so, but it doesn't necessarily have to be a bad thing. After all, it's safe to presume most players are not likely to care that much as long as it runs the nostalgic games like Final Fantasy 7 well enough. Not to mention, the PCSX itself is known as a quality emulator.
With the console launching in the coming weeks, many may want to look at putting in a pre-order for the PlayStation Classic to secure it for the holiday season. Other classic consoles such as the SNES or NES Classic can still be difficult to find, so it seems likely that the PlayStation Classic will meet the same fate. Regardless of some of the drawbacks of this plug-and-play console, it is still likely to be a major seller for the upcoming holidays.
The PlayStation Classic releases on December 3, 2018.
Source: Frank Cifaldi – Twitter