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The Play Station Classic's internal USB removed and picked at as part of the hacking effort

Enlarge The Play Station Classic's internal USB removed and picked at as part of the hacking

Console hackers yifanlu and madmonkey1907 discovered that the most sensitive parts of the PlayStation Classic's codes are signed and encrypted using a key that's embedded directly into the console.

The job's been made easier, the hackers claim, thanks to Sony reportedly housing the key to decoding the PlayStation Classic's firmware on the device itself, rather than utilising a private key held by Sony. Just one week after its launch, hackers have managed to break the encryption built to prevent users loading whatever they wanted onto the system. In essence, Sony distributed the PlayStation Classic with the key to its own software lock hidden in the device itself.

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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. Examples of these are SNES Classic, NES Classic, and PlayStation classic.

KitGuru Says: While I adore the nostalgia that all of the Classic devices bring with them, I can't help but dislike the limitations of a locked-down system where I'm unable to purchase more games if I choose.

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These initial efforts have led to the creation of open-source software appearing online that allows PlayStation Classic owners to download the required data payload to a USB flash drive, which can then be injected during the console's start-up operation. Though its external design is a great mini mimic of the original groundbreaking console, its pre-installed game library is missing out on some of the "classics" to make it justify its name.

Making matters worse, hacker yifanlu streamed his deeds on Twitch, explaining that there was no further security on "signature checks", which means it was possible to load pretty much anything onto the device using USB, as he shows with a video of Crash Bandicoot running on the Classic.

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So far they've been able to play unincluded PS1 games like Spyro using a thumb drive and are now working on getting other emulators working on it as well.

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