The Perfect Way To Play Original PlayStation Games

The Perfect Way To Play Original PlayStation Games

You can keep your crisp clear emulators or your PlayStation 2 backward compatibility. The best way to enjoy original PlayStation classics is with the tiny PSone and Sony’s plucky little LCD attachment.

I was cleaning one of my cable drawers the other day, pulling out the massive tangle of wires and sighing sadly before stuffing them back inside, when I uncovered this beautiful gaming hardware combo. I was so inspired by the discovery that I pulled the cables back out, untangled the PSOne power cord and original Dual Shock controller, and re-stuffed them once more with feeling.

Watch me play.

Sony’s made smaller versions of the PlayStation 2 and PlayStation 3, and there’s no doubt the current model will get similar treatment in the near future. But none of those were as beautiful as the PSone. Compared to the angular original, the 2000 redesign’s soft curves looked like they came from the future to help us play older games.

This is a replication of the manger scene from that one book. He-man brought the myrrh.
This is a replication of the manger scene from that one book. He-man brought the myrrh.

The five-inch display Sony made to compliment the PSone tied the whole console together. The rounded attachment looked as if it was born atop the console, even though in reality it was taking the PSone from behind. Its speakers were not the best in the world, but the combined package was so light and portable there was plenty of room in my backpack for headphones.

I call this one “For The Love Of God Clean Me.”

Sony’s left the display add-ons to third parties since the PSone, not counting the external display they made for the PlayStation 3 back when everything was going to be so 3D we couldn’t stand it. Probably for the best. It doesn’t get any better than this.

Actually it gets a lot better than Evil Zone.
Actually it gets a lot better than Evil Zone.


  • How much would that set you back these days?

    Would be a pretty pricey item to pry away from the fanboies & collectors.

    • I’ve been trying for ages to get one, either people aren’t selling them or they want too much for them these days

      • Found a US model on eBay for $150 with screen but was $150 postage, so that’s a no.

        Am sure you can get a screen in Akibahara or similar game otaku places in Japan but that would require going over there to do it.

  • I’m pretty sure that there was a battery pack available as well, making this truly the ultimate portable gaming experience.

  • I always thought the PSP was the best way to play PS1 games.

    The built in PS1 emulator on that is amazing.

    • Judging from your name, I actually had trouble running some things, such as Koudelka & Megaman Legends 2.

      • I had trouble running a lot of things on older firmware but on the newest ones most things just worked.

        Have you tried it recently?

        • Nope, I was thinking of throwing some cash down & just grabbing the GPD Q9 PSV.

          I spent so long modding & hacking & remodding & rebuilding (after I dropped it screen first) my psp. I’ve had enough of it & I don’t have the time anymore.

  • I really dig strapping my phone to my PS4 controller and rocking a PSone emulator. So worth the small price of a tiny OTG cable (and equally tiny usb cable so it’s not super long)

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