This hack is life changing for Playstation fans.
I know it has been some time since my last proper post and I know some time has passed since the community started hacking the Playstation Classic, but I have been holding out on trying out anything until a program was released that I felt was a worthwhile (and safe) time sink. I had received the Playstation Classic as a Christmas present from my Dad (and I’ve enjoyed it so far, feel free to check out my thoughts here) but now that I’m able to put more games on it, my enjoyment of the Classic has gone next level. Seriously, every night I’m playing a new game. The work that was put into this program called Autobleem is fantastic (thank you Screemer) and what is great is it runs separate from your Playstation Classic, so it isn’t messing around with the original software. I feel like Neo taking the red pill in The Matrix. I have become “The Hackerman”.
Currently, the build of games I’m running on my Playstation Classic (as you can see above) consists of Brave Fencer Musashi, Chrono Cross, Chrono Trigger, Dino Crisis 1 & 2, Final Fantasy Origins, Final Fantasy IV, V, VI, VII, VIII & IX, Final Fantasy Tactics, Grandia, Lunar Silver Star Story 1 & 2, Xenogears, Resident Evil 2, Mega Man Legends, Legend of Mana, Jersey Devil, Tomba!, Ehrgeiz, Pocket Fighter, Tony Hawk, Vagrant Story, Crash Bandicoot, Crash Team Racing, Spyro the Dragon, Diablo, and Croc 1 & 2. It feels great to play all these favorites of mine again. I know there are builds out there that have 200+ games on them (and I will definitely be adding more to my growing roster since there are some games I’ve never played before) but honestly, the assortment I’m playing right now is overwhelming. Autobleem has custom themes as well, so I’m rocking a Final Fantasy VII one (complete with the menu sounds from the game), as opposed to the standard version. (Update 07/28/19! I’ve since upgraded to the Playstation Anniversary theme which looks amazing, you can check it out and download it here). Even saving your games is exactly like the original Playstation Classic software, with the ability to save each game to its own memory card, as well as having the option to create a save state to continue from where you left off.
So now that I’ve praised it, I guess I should explain what is needed. In order for you to do this, you’ll need a USB that is 2.0 (I’m currently using a 64gb Sandisk Cruzer, which apparently works for everyone that is using the hack). This version of Autobleem is currently the best build (they are continually updating it as well), and I can absolutely see why. Downloading games to my USB and starting up the program is a cinch. It runs exactly like the core version of the Playstation Classic except, you know… it carries an enormous library of games to choose from as opposed to the original 20 that were released on the console. Honestly, the program is fool proof (if I can use it, you can) and I’m going to let Patton Plays explain how to do it. I’ve just recently subscribed to Patton and seriously he is extremely helpful and has made installing the program easy to follow. His video below is the one I followed.
The one thing that I wasn’t aware of is that in order for the games to work (and the program itself), you need to extract them. If you have used Retroarch (which also can be used on the Playstation Classic with this build of Autobleem, but I’ve yet to try that yet) you can just download the games, put them in a folder, and you’re good to go. With this hack, you’ll need to use a program to create a .bin file for each game (I used 7-Zip). This is most likely just standard protocol for this type of thing and I’m just a dumbass, but I’ve never done anything like this before so if you’re in the same boat as me… well now you know what to do.
The cherry on top to this whole endeavor I’ve started is the 8BitDo PS Classic wireless adapter I purchased off of Amazon. This little device will let you play wireless with any PS4 controller and allows use of the left analog stick to play your games. It even has the PS1 gray color which fits nicely with the system. The downside to this is that the analog stick is mapped to the D-pad, so you can’t play a game like Ape Escape that requires both sticks to function properly. Here’s hoping they update the adapter in the future to accommodate us. I’ve emailed 8BitDo to see if this is a possibility, so I’ll be sure to let you know.
If you already own a Playstation Classic this is a great way to get even more hours of enjoyment out of it. If you’re on the fence about purchasing one, I’d have to say only buy it if you’re willing to hack it. While the 20 games included are fine, being able to add your own makes the price of the system almost unbeatable. Now I know there are some home brew systems out there that are great, but the aesthetic of the Playstation Classic combined with Autobleem and the 8BitDo wireless adapter makes the tiny console the perfect choice for me to play these games on. – NVJ