Thanks to what appears to be weak cryptography in the security of the plug-and-play console, console hackers madmonkey1907 and yifanlu were able to get access to the dinky console code through its UART serial port. The underlying code that runs on game console is encrypted to prevent people from tampering with it, but in this case the tools to unlock and start changing how the console operates were available to anyone who dug through the code by copying it onto a PC.
What this means is Sony is selling the PlayStation Classic with the means to modify how it can be used within the device itself.
"There really isn't any security on the device at all", yifanlu told Kotaku.
The reason behind SNES Classic being a better emulator could be the fact that PlayStation Classic Edition features PAL versions of the original PlayStation titles. "Sony managed to accidentally include their firmware update private keys on every console".
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One homebrew developer, Pat Hartl, is now working on a program called BleemSync that would be the PlayStation Classic's equivalent of hakchi, the software used to install ROMs on the NES and SNES Classics. The PlayStation Classic does come with fan-favorites, like "Metal Gear Solid", "Resident Evil" and "Tekken 3", but it's also missing games like "Crash Bandicoot" and "Spyro the Dragon".
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This has, according to Ars Technica, allowed for open source projects that let PlayStation Classic owners use a USB drive in the right format to run PS1 games that weren't preloaded on the system. One such example is the program called BleemSync.
In any case, the nearly total lack of functional security on the PlayStation Classic itself probably means we're only seeing the very beginnings of what hackers will be able to unlock on the ARM-based system. By using an external USB drive, the hackers were able to utilize their own software.