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Players find secret emulation menu hidden in PlayStation Classic


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A quick demonstration of the hidden emulation options on the PlayStation Classic.

 

In

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, we expressed dismay that the $99 plug-and-play device didn't offer much in the way of visual or emulation options, despite using
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. Now, some users have found those kinds of emulation options are easily accessible, provided you have the right kind of USB keyboard.

The YouTubers at the Retro Gaming Arts channel seem to have been

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that plugging certain USB keyboards into the hardware and hitting the escape key brings up a "PCSX menu" with an array of emulation options. Among them: additional RAM-based save states for each game; simulated CRT-style scanlines; modifiable "frameskip" settings; a frames-per-second display; and even the ability to change the emulation "region" to force 50fps PAL games to run at the 60fps NTSC standard.

While the video initially suggested any USB keyboard would be able to activate this hidden menu, further testing from viewers seems to suggest only certain high-end Corsair and Logitech keyboards (including the Corsair K70 and K95) can activate the menu. This limitation is possibly due to holes in the USB blacklisting in the hardware itself. Testing here at Ars' Orbital HQ found the Sleep button on an old Velocity Micro keyboard could turn the console off, but no other button on a couple of tested keyboards had any effect. Digital Foundry's John Linneman says he

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at a local shop with no luck.

In any case, this relatively easy-to-find hole into the inner workings of the PlayStation Classic's emulation makes it more likely that hackers will soon find a way to really dive in and take full control of the hardware, as has already happened with

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. We're just hoping someone figures out a way to hack a fake Symphony of the Night save onto the Metal Gear Solid virtual memory card, so Psycho Mantis can
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once again.

 

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Mmm I didn't know abort the crappy blacklist, thanks yon4hra.png 
Some of the source code has been made public so the blacklist should be hiding in there somewhere

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 (Games list... well more like all the games there where tested on the thing)
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 (Some changes made to PCSX ReARMed  for this thing)
Under GNU or what ever if you modify open source code you have to publish the changes. As "Sony" as modded PCSX ReARMed and embedded it into another system, the hole system is now one thing so it has to be open source at some point but most big companies drag there feet for as long as they can but we don't need source to hack the thing anyway :nepyah: but it just helps.

Also why you blacklist "Sony" :suspicious: you have 1 HID that needs to plug into it, whitelist that HID and block EVERETHING else... unless they do plain on launching a dual shock for the thing yon4hra.png 
But i'm still waiting for a PSone Classic with dual shock and a "new" game list next year some time.
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It's "Sony" as i'm still convinced they didn't make it. Some people where joking AT Games but I think it was outsourced to a legit company that handles outsourcing, Handed of to a intern or someones pet project 

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