how to add games, change regions and more
When all is said and done, the retro consoles that seem to have appeared quite recently become the same. This is an emulator packed in a pretty box with nostalgic controllers. Based on the fact that the software is very simple, there are many options when it comes to hacking or modifying.
The PlayStation Classic, made by Sony, is very simple and very difficult to modify. When it was released, Sony made some strange omissions, in particular the encryption key remained on the device it encrypts and uses what appears to be an open source emulator in action. All this gives a lot of opportunities for the implementation of some tricks.
This article provides an overview of what modding can do for your PlayStation Classic.
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What you need to mod your PlayStation Classic
Apart from Windows PCs, there are only two things you need to modify your PlayStation Classic. USB flash drive and PlayStation Classic itself. That’s all you need. The PlayStation Classic is a little self-contradictory. Sony has released a lot of great stuff. For example, controllers that plug into the most common USB ports are great choices. Among other things, the updated version of the console no longer has a CD drive, and the button to open it serves somewhat different purposes. Game library is poor. Luckily, Sony has left a lot of backdoors left for the modding community to load whatever games we like into it.
Sandisk Ultra Flair – perfect for the PlayStation Classic mod. It can be formatted to FAT32, and thanks to USB 3.0, everything is transferred quickly and easily.
How to add games to PlayStation Classic
And yet PlayStation Classic has some great games: Final Fantasy VII, which somehow lacks the attention of fans and fans alike. The Tony Hawks Pro Skater series was among the best among many fans of the original PlayStation, but never made it to Classic. But there are dedicated people like the BleemSync team. They found a way to hack game images onto a USB flash drive and run them on Classic.
The hacking process is very simple and does not have much risk. It is quite possible to do it yourself using a little computer secrets. You will need a working USB flash drive. Having played enough of 20 original games, you can satisfy your gaming desire and curiosity, using the usual flash drive mentioned above.
To add this or that toy to your “brand new” PlayStation, you will need to follow the instructions below.
- Insert the USB stick into the USB slot of your PC.
- Open your file manager.
- Right click on your USB stick
- Click the Format button. Make sure the format type is set to FAT32. If the specified format does not correspond to FAT32 or EXT4, then nothing will work.
- Rename your flash drive to SONY in capital letters, otherwise it won’t work.
- Click on the Start button to format the USB stick. This will prepare her to record games.
- Download the latest version of BleemSync from ModMyClassic, but don’t download it to your stick yet.
- Extract the ZIP file to a USB flash drive labeled SONY. The archive will print multiple folders.
- Remove the USB stick from the PC.
- Disconnect all cables from the PlayStation Classic.
- Insert the flash drive into Joystick Port 2 on PlayStation Classic.
- Plug the Micro-USB cable into the correct socket on the Classic.
- Wait for the orange indicator on your Classic to turn on. Then press the power button on the console.
- The LED will change color when changing files on the console – orange, green and red.
- When the indicator on the console turns orange again, BleemSync is installed correctly.
- Disconnect the Micro-USB cable from the PlayStation Classic and the power supply.
- Plug the Micro-USB cable into your computer.
- Make sure your USB stick is in joystick port 2 on the console.
- Connect the Micro-USB cable to the set-top box. Drivers should be installed automatically.
- When the LED turns orange, turn on the console normally.
- Wait 10-20 seconds.
- Open any browser (not Internet Explorer) and visit Bleemsyncui.com to start adding games.
- On the game manager screen, press the file selection button to open the file manager.
- Use .bin and .cue files to load games. You don’t need to worry about the image or other details, they will be added automatically.
- After you install all the games, turn off your console.
- Disconnect the Micro-USB connector from your PC and console.
- Connect the HDMI and Micro-USB cable to your console.
- Turn on your console. And you will see the LED flickering when the system boots.
- On the splash screen, select BleemSync as the launcher.
The nice thing about this hack is that restoring the original console is very easy and not difficult. After you remove the flash drive from the device, the Classic will revert to its original settings.
How to access the hidden menu
Initially, PlayStation Classic has a hidden menu for the game. Unfortunately, this requires gamers to use a Corsair or Logitech mechanical keyboard, which costs a lot of money to purchase. Many different keyboards have been tried in the hopes of getting them to work with the PlayStation Classic, but all attempts have failed. There was reason to be happy, however, because the people who were the first to hack Classic got a secret menu running on the controller.
#! / bin / sh
#Access Esc Menu from Select + Triangle on controller
export PCSX_ESC_KEY = 2
cd / data / AppData / sony / pcsx
/ usr / sony / bin / ui_menu –power-off-enable
Using this code and some other shenanigans, which will be described below, it becomes possible to gain access to all the additional functions of the emulator that could not even have been thought of.
How to add bitmap lines
Adding bitmap lines will allow games to take on a retro look, recreating the look and feel of older TVs, when 32-inch TVs were meant only for the wealthy and required three people to transport them, but the retro style sometimes gets boring, thankfully. there is a guide that tells you how to turn them on and off.
- In the game menu, select the one where you want to add bitmap lines and press X.
- During gameplay, hold both Select + Triangle buttons to enter the hidden menu.
- Once in the menu, go to the “Options” section and press the Cross to enter it.
- Select “Display Options” and press Cross to enter it.
- Go to the Bitmap Lines section and use the left and right D-pane to turn this feature off or on.
- Go to the Raster Scan Luminance option and reduce the luminance to about 10 or lower. The default 20 is too large for you to play the game with this option.
- Press the square button four times to exit the menu and return to the game.
How to change the region
Regional blocking became the bane of disc-based video games and DVDs as soon as they appeared. This problem has moved into the modern world along with the new retro consoles. After you hack the game, it becomes possible to “import” some games from Japan or Europe, but for this you need to change the region to which the PlayStation Classic is tied.
Also, Region Lock reduces the number of potential frames per second that a game could reach, since 50Hz games or PAL games were capped at 50fps, as opposed to 60Hz games or NTSC games, which are capped 60 frames per second. With the help of the hack below, all games will be able to run at 60 FPS, which of course will please your eyes a lot.
- Navigate to the game of your choice and press Cross.
- Press both the Select and Triangle buttons at the same time to access the hidden menu at any time during the game.
- Select PCSX to enter the main menu settings.
- Select the options menu and scroll down to select the regions option.
- Use the left and right D-panels to change the region selection from automatic to NTSC. You will get a refresh rate of 60 Hz, which will provide the maximum responsiveness to your games.
- Press the square button four times to return to the game and enjoy great graphics!