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Sony Ceases Production of PSOne 159

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Gamespot has the news that Sony is no longer manufacturing the PSOne. From the article: "Despite the news, Sony representatives noted today that the end of production does not necessarily mean the end of availability. PS hardware and software are still selling in countries around the world. Even if original PlayStation systems and games are becoming slim pickings in the US, gamers likely won't be going without for long. As part of its PlayStation Business Briefing 2006, Sony last week announced that it is working on an emulator that would allow gamers to play PS titles on the PSP."
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Sony Ceases Production of PSOne

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  • Knowing Sony, you would have to pay for all the PlayStation titles again for a version that would work on the PSP.
    • Either that or a hybrid PSOne/Walkman disc player that connects to the PSP through a USB 2 cable, using the PSP as a controller, display, and speakers. But I will admit that PS1 games that use L2, R2, L3, R3, or the right stick might need to be retooled.

    • Too bad, too. I somehow doubt we'll ever see all my hard-to-find RPGs (Saiyuki, Hoshigami, Persona,etc...) available. Just more ports of FF7. *yawn*

      I'll just keep contributing money to Zodttd's gp2psx project.
    • No speculation is needed, from TFA: "As part of its PlayStation Business Briefing 2006, Sony last week announced that it is working on an emulator that would allow gamers to play PS titles on the PSP. Details haven't been released yet, but Sony Computer Entertainment president Ken Kutaragi said the games would be digitally distributed." SO... SONY!
    • I think that as far as sony is concerned, you'll probably have to pay. As I understand it, it's possible to play pirated stuff on the PSP. Maybe someone could design an emulator to play PS1, and then you could just put the games on flash memory.
    • Probably you will have to pay, but at least its possible. The PS2 can not only emulate the PSOne, but even do extra anti-aliasing on the emulation. The PSP isn't that much less powerful than the PS2, right? Plus, eventually someone will hack the emulator to play ROMs off of the MS slot.
    • Mmmhmm, because people loving nintendo totally doesn't already done that.
    • Knowing Sony's history of buying PSX emulators like "Bleem!" and "Virtual Gamestation", it will be an emulator that uses ISO files. One simply downloads the ISO files to the PSP or stores them on a memory chip.

      I am amazed that other PSX emulators like ePSXe [epsxe.com] haven't been ported to the PSP already.
  • Told you so (Score:4, Insightful)

    by tepples (727027) <tepples@gmaiBLUEl.com minus berry> on Saturday March 25, 2006 @11:26PM (#14996201) Homepage Journal

    Sony last week announced that it is working on an emulator that would allow gamers to play PS titles on the PSP."

    As I have been explaining since the PSP was first released in Japan, PS1 back-compatibility is the only way Sony can get the number of PSP-compatible titles anywhere near the number of titles compatible with its closest competitor, which can officially run 99 percent of GBA titles.

    • So uh, what's the other 1%?
    • Not to mention the GBA (still in the lead, IIRC), which can play all those, plus nearly all GBC and GB games, which makes for twenty years or so of games.

      I don't think that Sony is capable of beating Nintendo at the handheld back-combatibility game. Especially since you don't have to rebuy the games for GBA and DS.

      • Re:Told you so (Score:1, Interesting)

        by Anonymous Coward
        Slightly inaccurate, unless you're talking total install base. Nintendo DS is selling more than every other console (home and handheld) combined on a weekly basis in Japan. Completely selling out every shipment as they come in.
    • Re:Told you so (Score:1, Insightful)

      by Anonymous Coward
      As I have been explaining since the PSP was first released in Japan, PS1 back-compatibility is the only way Sony can get the number of PSP-compatible titles anywhere near the number of titles compatible with its closest competitor, which can officially run 99 percent of GBA titles.

      Not the same, though. Being able to play the carts you already own on the DS is a plus, as the DS plays legacy GBA carts. But PSP will not play PS1 disks, you'll have to buy them again on UMD. That'll give them a huge library a
      • There's a very simple solution to this, and I wonder if Sony's thought of it: Get into the software business. Pirated UMDs are already available. They can be burnt on a regular CD/DVD burner. Why doesn't Sony create some software that will let you copy from a PS1 Disc (which is just a CD anyway) and then burn it onto a UMD disc in your home burner? Sell it for 39.95 a piece. Make a fortune. Make people happy. Quadruple your PSP game library for the cost of developing one more title. Sound like a plan?
  • Wow... So, they would be coming up with this handy software to enable emulation of PSone titles on a PSP?

    How Thoughtful, and all I have to do is buy another version of the game should my PSone cease to function.

    ...perhaps a PSP as well...

    But that's all... Thanks again Sony.
    • Doesn't nintendo have a pantent concerning running an emulator on a console. Oh wait, Sony isn't using the patent, because they're running it on a handheld. Which is sufficiently different since Nintendo was granted the patent, and emulators have been around for ages.
    • It depends on how Sony plans to execute this emulation.

      Would it be a matter of copying a PSOne game from your old CD onto a memory stick, or would it be a matter of downloading (for a fee, of course) a MagicGate encrypted copy onto a memory stick?

      If it's the latter, thanks for nothing. Just more ways to get you to pay over and over for the same damn thing.

  • US customers! (Score:3, Insightful)

    by atari2600 (545988) on Saturday March 25, 2006 @11:27PM (#14996210)
    If you want a PS1, go get one at your local gamestop for ~40$ or less depending on the package. I went in and was almost tempted to buy but came out buying the slimline P2 :). Not sure why you would want to buy a PS1 (since the PS2 plays most games i believe) but if you want one for old times' sake, there's always a local store that sells used ones for dirt cheap. There's always Ebay too. Seriously though, time to make the PS1 a collectors' item ;).
    • For one, the PSone is small and had an equally slim LCD\speaker attachment that could be had for, last time I saw, $120 brand new. Add $15 for an official Sony car adapter and you can play FF7 on any road trip without even using your entire lap.
    • I love the slim PS2. It includes IR port on the front for a remote control. Cool part is, I can use Scientific Atlanta DVR remote (Time Warner Cable) and program in a universal Sony DVD code and it works. No need to by Sony's remote for the PS2.
    • There are a few PS1 games that don't work properly on PS2. I plan to pick up a Japanese PSone soon because of that. I'd like to play Gradius Gaiden (which has a level that runs in slow motion on a PS2), Toaplan Shooting Battle (two of the games included don't work on a PS2), and Metal Gear Solid Integral (which checks for modchips. I have a modded PS2, mainly for imports).
    • by Anonymous Coward
      A collectors item indeed! I would have scoffed at that idea just last week. That is, until I walked into a local pawn shop and saw an Atari 2600 system sitting behind the glass on the shelf. Fully operational, the sign said, with 6 carts. Asking price; $450!

      Sweet mother of God.
  • i had no idea they were still making these. does this mean i can buy a lisa [antelecom.net]? or at least an amiga [amiga.com]. it would be pretty dope if they always made everything that had ever been made. get me a new coleco! or a mccormick reaper!
  • Just emulate it! (Score:4, Informative)

    by dwbassett42 (752317) on Saturday March 25, 2006 @11:35PM (#14996235) Homepage
    Who cares if the actual PS one is no longer being sold? There are good emulators for the PSX out there, ePSXe being the best. Everything is freely downloadable and open-source, except for the actual BIOS files. (Which you'll probably end up getting via P2P) Once you're all set up, you can play any PSX game right on your computer, and it even supports linked play via inter/intranet.
    • Re:Just emulate it! (Score:4, Informative)

      by Cal Paterson (881180) on Sunday March 26, 2006 @05:37AM (#14997093)
      No! ePSXe is NOT open source!

      It's closed, and although the team haven't especially ruled out the possibility of making it Free Software, it is currently pretty much win32 only (although there is a GNU/Linux binary: it doesn't work very well).

      To my knowledge, the only Free PSX emulator is PCSX, but development has been dead a few years, and I have a feeling compatibility is poor.
  • by radiotyler (819474) <tylerNO@SPAMdappergeek.com> on Saturday March 25, 2006 @11:36PM (#14996238) Homepage
    "emulator that would allow gamers to play PS titles on the PSP."

    To me, this means:
    1. The games are downloaded and stored on you PSP. (Yay!)
    2. The games are repackaged and sold as PSP games. (Boo!)
    3. I'm completely missing the point of why this matters. (Likely)

    Considering all the titles available for the PSP and the ability to play PSOne games on your PS2 (acronym central) already, this seems kind of like a scare tactic towards Nintendo for offering free games on Revolution [joystiq.com]. The "Look! Look guys! We can do it too!" mentality, I guess.
    • this seems kind of like a scare tactic towards Nintendo for offering free games on Revolution.

      That, or it's a reaction to the Nintendo DS's back-compatibility [slashdot.org]. Or it's a reaction to homebrew emulation efforts [dcemu.co.uk].

      • Whatever their motives, it's the implementation of the games on the PSP that really interests me. I honestly cannot see Sony giving up any games for free, or making an inexpensive adapter to transfer games from PSOne to PSP. All signs point to reselling the games and downloading software emulation onto your PSP to play the games you just bought... again.

        Anything short of making the games available for download to the PSP seems like a terribly bad move, especially with third party solutions either alrea
        • Even if you could download, convert them, and/or run them from memory-stick, a lot of PS games are big, filling an entire CD(or more).
          • a lot of PS games are big

            And a lot of them aren't. Particularly, Zoop is about 3 MB, and the rest is CD audio that could be compressed for use on PSP. Sure, that's an edge case, but a lot of PS1 games are similar (under 100 MB data track plus lots of CD audio).

            • Yeah...and Sony is going to just give you access to all those games for free? Not to mention all the devolpers that just can't wait to repackage thier games for the PSP?
              • by tepples (727027)

                and Sony is going to just give you access to all those games for free?

                In the ideal world, I could stick a PS1 game in my CD drive and rip it, creating an encrypted iso that is locked to my PSP unit.

    • "1. The games are downloaded and stored on you PSP. (Yay!)"

      One game per memory card. Wee.

      "2. The games are repackaged and sold as PSP games. (Boo!)"

      The PSP has fewer control buttons than the PS1 controller. It also has a wider-aspect screen and stronger processing capabilities. I'd rather they repackaged it to make it more PSP friendly and smarten up the graphics a little bit.

      "3. I'm completely missing the point of why this matters. (Likely)"

      Actually, I'm missing the point as well. This smells an awful
  • I just woke up and for a second there I thought it said PSP. I was like no way, I just bought the freaking thing.
  • by MarioMax (907837) on Saturday March 25, 2006 @11:43PM (#14996252)
    Question: How will they be able to emulate the twin Dual Shock joysticks, as well as the L2, L3, R2, and R3 functionality.
    • How will they be able to emulate the twin Dual Shock joysticks, as well as the L2, L3, R2, and R3 functionality.

      In-game remapping for titles that support it, or in-emulator remapping. I'm guessing that Sony will just skip the more complex titles that require analog sticks. Besides, half of the PS1 game library (including such classics as Parappa the Rapper, Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo, and Final Fantasy VII) was made before the Dual Shock controller and thus doesn't know that L3, R3, and the analog st

  • by Anonymous Coward
    I knew it was inevitable, but in the end it means more rare titles and accessories in the used bins.

    Still a great little system. I've got over 200 titles so I don't have much of a need for the newer systems. However I will be continuing my collecting on the PS2 platform.

    Here's to more games!
  • by Konrad9 (784416)
    I'm confused. When was the last time ANYONE saw a NEW PSone in a store? I haven't seen one in years. :/
  • A better and worthwhile product would be an emulater drive gadget that let me play my PS2 games on PSP. Something the same size as a portable DVD player, that let you mount your PSP on top(say slide it into a PSP shaped cavity or something, and snap shut).

    They should realize that their UMD format is not going anywhere :p

  • Scissors (Score:4, Funny)

    by writermike (57327) on Sunday March 26, 2006 @12:03AM (#14996317)
    Sony last week announced that it is working on an emulator that would allow gamers to play PS titles on the PSP.

    Reminds me of the old technical support story of the person using a pair of scissors to make the 5.25 inch disk fit the 3.5 inch drive.
    • Re:Scissors (Score:1, Funny)

      by Anonymous Coward
      Don't ever do that! I did that years ago with my porn collection and lost everything below the waist. Man, I was so pissed...
    • Re:Scissors (Score:2, Funny)

      by KuRa_Scvls (932317)
      Really? coz the version I heard only involved folding!

      Makes more sense, actually...
  • get a freaking ps2 for 140 bucks. or apparently, a ps3 when they come out.

    if you still insist on a ps1, i can sell you mine call me :P
  • Upon hearing the news from Sony, Steve Ballmer declared victory, looking back to his pre-XBOX days when he made the following comment:

    I've done it before and I'll do it again! I'm going to Fucking Kill(TM) Sony!
    -Steve Ballmer, 2002

    Ballmer then spoke with his staff, who informed them that Playstation 2 has been out since 2001, thus making the PS1 essentially obsolete since before the XBOX was released. He then vowed to Fucking Kill(TM) his staff as he continued down the list of things to Fucking Kill(T

  • Sega (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Symp0sium (961148) on Sunday March 26, 2006 @12:09AM (#14996340)
    Sony last week announced that it is working on an emulator that would allow gamers to play PS titles on the PSP

    I'm still holding out for Sega to do the same with the Game Gear and Master System, Alex Kidd in Miracle world here I come!!
  • I think it would be even cooler if they just came out with an even smaller version. Like, a watch or something. That would be hawt.
  • Ironic (Score:4, Interesting)

    by rtobyr (846578) <toby@@@richards...net> on Sunday March 26, 2006 @12:47AM (#14996445) Homepage
    What's ironic is that Sony is discontinuing the PSOne not long after Atari started reviving the Atari 2600 & 7800 (http://www.atari.com/us/games/atari_flashback/780 0 [atari.com]).
  • by Psx29 (538840) on Sunday March 26, 2006 @01:22AM (#14996526)
    I can load as many games as I want on my 80GB hd (and now they have 120gb laptop drives even) and the graphics look better. Hell I can even plug in my playstation controller with a nifty adapter. Screw sony and their psp.
    • by Anonymous Coward
      Except you can't easily play a laptop on a bus, train or just standing/walking around. Also, any laptop using full system resources (ie. 3D accelleration, sound, etc.) is going to have even worse battery life than the PSP.
      • I play everyday on the bus, train and subway. My Centrino/Sonoma laptop has 6.5 hours of battery life when reading ebooks and using Gaim/Winamp, 5.7 hours when playing ePSX continuously (1600x1050 resolution, Ati X700, AC97 sound). An extra battery costs as much as a PSOne if I want to double my playing times.

        By the way, why would you like to play when walking around? I sure hope you don't live in a place where's other traffic too..

        The best thing about using an emulator with a laptop: not having to buy the
    • I dunno about ePSXe. I've not had the best of luck with it. While the higher resolutions are nice, ePSXe's emulation is far from perfect. No game seems to run without it's share of glitches, whether it be sound or graphics, and many games are so glitchy as to be unplayable, or at least unpleasent to play. Also ePSXe seems to suffer from tremendous slowdown, even on my relativly high powered system. In addition development seems to have died years ago, so these problems will likely never be fixed.

      I admit e

    • Of course, the same argument could be made about buying a GBA - there are PC emulators for that as well. If you consider a laptop to be portable gaming, more power to you. I don't.
  • by 6350' (936630) on Sunday March 26, 2006 @01:26AM (#14996539)
    In much the same way that Windows 98 became the world's operating system due to it's relatively slim install and memory use (ie, usable on bare-bones inexpensive computers that much of the developing world uses), the Playstation 1 has become the planet's game console.

    While the price for a PS2 has dropped considerably, the even cheaper PS1 is still the only real option for a person who has not much cash but want's a good console. Add in the vast pirated library of PS1 titles, and the PS1 will be an oddly vibrant video game platform for quite some time.

  • by Doomstalk (629173) on Sunday March 26, 2006 @02:28AM (#14996676)
    Please Stop Porting.
  • Please, let me be the first to say what we all are really thinking and feeling.

    Good riddance.

  • What?!?!?!? (Score:4, Funny)

    by Zaatxe (939368) on Sunday March 26, 2006 @07:49AM (#14997363)
    How come the headline isn't "Sony announces a PSOne killer"?

    Slashdot is losing its traditions...
    • by Anonymous Coward
      Slashdot is losing its traditions...

      I refuse to believe that until I hear Netcraft confirm it!
  • PS1 is cute and all, but I'd kill to run some PS2 games on anything other than a PS2. FFX, Frequency/Amplitude and Devil May Cry.. Mmmmmmm Mmmm Good!
  • The Emulator they make to play PS games will require you to rebuy those old games though

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