When the PlayStation Classic was initially released, I, like many of you were pretty dissapointed with all the negative reviews online, especially relating to the UK version of the unit that had itsoriginal display setting of 50Hz, which was reported to make the games look really jittery when playing.
I ended up cancelling my pre-order, which looking back was a good thing. I managed to finally get my hands on a PS classic at a small gaming expo and I know exactly why people were complaining – they had every right to!. When my niece played cool boarders on it I couldn’t believe how bad it played, it just looked like I could see almost every frame taking place right in front of my eyes. It was a total mess.
Thankfully though, as most of you are probably aware by now, especially those of you how own a PS classic mini – BleemSync has come to the rescue! You can install this piece of software onto a USB stick and load your own PS1 games onto it plus a whole lot more, blowing the back-doors off your PS mini. For us UK owners, we can finally change the gameplay display frequency from 50Hz to 60Hz which makes the games run a hell of a lot smoother. I managed to bag a PS classic in the Prime Day sale here in the UK for £15, less with the rest of my discount I had, so I ended up paying about £11 or so for it.
Without further adieu then, lets talk BleemSync, what is it?, what does it do? and how do we get it up and running on the PS Classic Mini ? Click ”continue reading” below to find out….
What is BleemSync?
In a nut-shell, BleemSync is a software mod that goes onto a USB stick which then allows you to expand your PS classic library with an array of PS1 Roms, its also got RetroArch included so you can also run and play other Roms on the device such a SNES, Mega-drive, GBA, PSP games and tonnes more. You can also install custom themes and music onto the PS Classic with BleemSync giving you full control of how it looks and what games you can play on it.
How to install BleemSync
Video install (Courtesy of ”Restalgia – YouTube” – Check out their channel ! )
How to transfer Roms from your PC to your PS Classic Mini
Video install (Courtesy of ”Restalgia – YouTube” – Again, go check out their channel ! )
Text installation alternative:
For a written guide instead, on how to install BleemSync and load games, go to https://modmyclassic.com/bleemsync/#Where_to_Download
Overall thoughts and tips:
I was able to install BleemSync 1.1 by purchasing the SanDisk Cruzer Fit 64GB 2.0 USB stick – none of my USB 3.0 sticks worked for the initial install or backup of the OS. Stick with a USB 2.0 USB stick and then once the initial setup has completed, you can load your games and the final version of it onto a USB 3.0 if you wish. Keep in mind if you want to have 2 of the controller ports accessible for 2 player games, you’ll also need a OTG USB adapter.
To unpack your Roms if they are zipped, you’ll need a program like 7zip or WinRAR to unpack them correctly.
Another tip here, if any of your PS1 Roms are in .bin.ecm or .img.ecm format, you will need this tool (ECM tools – the file is 100% safe)
Simply drag your .img.ecm or .bin.ecm files into the root of the ECM tools folder and then drag the .bin.ecm or .img.ecm files onto the ”unecm” application, this will then convert your files into non-ecm versions of the bin or img file to this folder. Once the .ecm part is removed, you can then drag and drop the .img or .bin file into your ”transfer” folder on the PS classic USB stick.
I’m super happy with this, and a massive thank you to Restalgia for his two YouTube videos on this, they helped out a lot. Really easy steps to follow in a clear and concise way.
I’ve loaded a tonne of games (105 in total, so far ! ) onto my PS classic now and its been an absolute treat being able to play some classics again. Die Hard Trilogy for example, after all them years. Its a game I’ve been wanting to go back to since I had it way back on the original PlayStation. What games have you guys been revisiting ?
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