Gamers Reveal How To Hack Playstation Classic, Add More Games

Cryptography failure leads to easy hacking for PlayStation Classic

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Console hackers yifanlu and madmonkey1907 were able to dump the PlayStation Classic's code via the system's serial port in the days after its release.

Basically, as Ars Technica puts it, "Sony distributed the PlayStation Classic with the key to its own software lock hidden in the device itself".

Documenting their process online, the hackers noted that Sony had left the key to decrypt the console on the device itself - the equivalent of leaving your house key under the outside welcome mat.

"There really isn't any security on the device at all", yifanlu told Kotaku in an email.

The Play Station Classic is a smaller recreation of the original
The Play Station Classic is a smaller recreation of the original

The PlayStation Classic has mostly received mixed reviews from critics, but one thing that a lot of people can agree on is that its limited selection of games out of the box is disappointing. "Sony managed to accidentally include their firmware update private keys on every console".

The newly launched PlayStation Classic brings back the nostalgia of the PS1 with the original shape and some truly essential titles - but players are now adding more games by simply "hacking" the console. By using an external USB drive, the hackers were able to utilize their own software. Following Nintendo's success with NES and SNES Classic systems, Sony made a decision to release a miniature version of its own legacy hardware.

For yifanlu's part, they're more disappointed by the PlayStation Classic's lack of security more so than the fact that it's missing Crash Bandicoot.

These revelations have already led to a couple of open source projects that let PlayStation Classic owners load a USB thumb drive with a correctly formatted payload that can get the hardware to temporarily recognize and run new sets of PlayStation games. Not surprisingly, hackers have been hard at work trying to crack the novelty console as they've done already with Nintendo's NES Classic and SNES Classic.

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