The latest gaming forum controversy pertains to the PlayStation Classic and the fact that it’s running open source software named PCSX ReARMed, an emulator which was first conceived all the way back in 2000. The common sentiment in online message boards is that Sony’s being “lazy” by not writing its own emulator, which is something Nintendo did for its line of micro-consoles.
We’re not fully understanding the backlash really, though – surely the most important thing is that the games run correctly, and our understanding is that the PCSX ReARMed emulator is more than up to the task. Video Game History Foundation founder Frank Cifaldi agrees: “Should we expect Sony to spend the time and money making something that is probably not going to end up being as good as PCSX? Why?”
There’s nothing illegal occurring here, as the software has been correctly licensed and credited. Some people think this is a hypocritical move from the PlayStation maker, after it famously took Bleem! to court over its development of a similar emulator – but it’s perhaps worth remembering that it was intended to be a commercial product, and thus already in murky waters.
Maybe we’re making apologies for the organisation, but we’re not sure we see the issue really – heck, the PlayStation 4’s operating system is built upon open source software, and we’ve never heard a word said about that. As far as we’re concerned the most important thing here is whether or not the games run correctly, and not how they’re reaching the end goal.