Project Eris on Playstation Classic (2023)

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See also: Modding the PlayStation Classic

Two issues I’ve had with the modded PSC was the lack of a carousel, which meant it was not user-friendly for Minnow, and the inability to use MAME. I’ve been doing a bit of retrogaming lately on the Switch and I decided to revisit AutoBleem to see if changes had been made–and indeed they have! AutoBleem 0.9 now supports Emulation Station and Bleemsync has evolved into Project Eris, which also supports ES. These two appear to have relative parity, so for me the choice is ease of use and I originally decided to go with AutoBleem 0.9.

Per the AutoBleem 0.9 Instructions you can brick your PSC if you don’t uninstall a Bleemsync modified kernel. It’s been more than 2 days since I originally modded the PSC so I had to review my notes. I installed Bleemsync 1.2.0, put the USB aside, and switched over to AutoBleem. I have no idea where the Bleemsync USB is (I have a sneaking suspicion I wiped it a few weeks ago when I was spring cleaning, because of course I did) but I have backups of the EPB files.

Since I don’t have the original USB with files preserved I had to hunt down a copy of BleemSync1.2.0.zip. The official hosted copies were no longer hosted on ModMyClassic (confirmed), but fortunately a copy has been archived (shout out to DanTheMan827).

(Video) Playstation Classic & Project Eris Complete Guide

ModMyClassic advises us to create an “UNINSTALL” file with no extension in USB:\bleemsync\flags\

This did not work for me. I noticed Patton Plays has LBOOT.EPB in root, so I made that change but my PSC just boots to stock. Since AutoBleem 0.71 did not impact the kernel at all I decided to switch gears and work of the existing modified kernel by updating to Project Eris instead.

I downloaded the full package and extracted it to root. The first part of the installation went as expected, then Eris informed me I needed to reformat my FAT32 drive and recopy the files to it. I reformatted to exFAT and did so. The installation finished but Project Eris fails to launch. That’s because my files are a mess.

Project Eris Desktop App

I used the Eris Desktop app to clean up my one (1) PSP game, Harmful Park, and regenerate the database. You have to manually edit PSX games but you can look up metadata via database, which helps a lot.

I quickly found I could not scrape my additional roms through the Eris Desktop tool because the scraper window is cut off. It’s just as well, I decided to have only PSX games in the original carousel. For this the tool is really excellent, the error messages walk you through any issues and I had no trouble setting up PSX games.

(Video) The Ultimate PlayStation Classic - 2021 Modding with Project Eris

Basic Project Eris Setup

Eris automatically added all my roms to the rom folders, but I don’t have the cores loaded, so I downloaded cores and put them here:

USB://project_eris/opt/retroarch/config/retroarch/cores

BIOS go in

USB://project_eris/opt/retroarch/config/retroarch/system

I had a ton of folders cluttering up my USB and wasn’t sure what could be kept. Looking at a still from one of restalgia’s videos I figured out the structure was something like

  • games
  • logs
  • OLD_bleemsync
  • project_eris
  • roms
  • transfer

There are a ton of preloaded rom system folders, as well as some I figured were there by accident (a second “roms” folder, a “ram” folder).

MAME & Neo Geo Notes

I was able to improve MAME compatibility by downloading roms from an emulator reference set. I ended up going with FinalBurn (it was researching this that I learned FB Alpha was abandoned because of its illegal use in Capcom Home Arcade). I had some issues with Mame2000/2003 but so far everything runs in FinalBurn Neo without issue. It currently runs less games but I feel the performance is worth it.

(Video) Playstation Classic Softmod with Project Eris

The ArcadeItalia arcade database is useful for understanding the naming conventions of arcade ROMs, which ROMs are parents, and so on.

I had issues getting Mame and Neo Geo to run from ES. The Neo Geo BIOS needs to be present in the ROM folder and I added it to the retroarch bios folder for good measure. But I also found I needed to edit /opt/emulationstation/.emulationstation/es_systems.cfg as it was pointing to cores I didn’t have, namely fbalpha2012_libretro.so. I set these to fbneo_libretro.so (in the case of mame, I moved my fbneo roms from the Mame folder to the fba folder).

Scraping with Skraper

Thanks to Restaglia’s helpful video, Scrape Artwork and Change Themes for Emulation Station on Playstation Classic, I was able to do just that utilizing Skraper. This is a fantastic community-supported tool that offers a lot of media customization with very little effort.

The only issue I had was my first pass I noticed many of my games weren’t scraped. That’s because they were .7z roms. Skraper does not have .7z listed as an extension by default. I found that I needed to add this extension to each system (adding as global was not enough.)

Skraper allows user-submitted media mixes. I looked at the templates in /Mixes and modified one for my purposes. This is a simple 2 image template that centers the logo below the screenshot rather than offsets it. I wasn’t able to do quite what I wanted, which was to have the wheel rotated 270 degrees on horizontal screenshots only. I ended up setting it so all MAME games would have the logo rotated.

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I’d also like to figure out a way to give the wheel a thick white border so I can move it farther into the screenshot and retain visibility, but I’m pretty sure I’d have to grab the wheels separately, batch apply that effect, then use them as custom images. For now, this is close enough to what I want.

<ImageComposition xsi:noNamespaceSchemaLocation="https://www.skraper.net/ImageComposition.xsd" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance"> <Information ShortName="Mix3 HD 4:3" LongName="Custom Mix" Description="Screenshot + Wheel" Author="yo mama" /> <Viewport Color="#00FFFFFF" Width="1280" Height="960" /> <Drawings> <Item Type="Screenshot" IfOrientation="IsLandscape"> <Display X="50%" Y="0%" Antialiasing="None" Width="100%" Height="78%" Anchor="TopHCenter" /> <Fallback Type="ScreenshotTitle"> <Fallback Type="SystemWallPaper"> <Children Reference="Parent"> <Item Type="Text" Text="No Screenshot!" TextColor="#FFFFFFFF" FontFamilly="Arial" FontStyle="Bold Italic" /> </Children> </Fallback> </Fallback> </Item> <Item Type="Screenshot" IfOrientation="IsPortrait"> <Display X="50%" Y="0%" Antialiasing="None" Width="100%" Height="100%" Anchor="TopHCenter" /> <Fallback Type="ScreenshotTitle"> <Fallback Type="SystemWallPaper"> <Children Reference="Parent"> <Item Type="Text" Text="No Screenshot!" TextColor="#FFFFFFFF" FontFamilly="Arial" FontStyle="Bold Italic" /> </Children> </Fallback> </Fallback> </Item> <Item Type="Wheel" IfSystem="IsNotInTheList:75"> <Display X="50%" Y="100%" Width="100%" Height="25%" Anchor="BottomHCenter" /> <Fallback Type="Text" Text="%name%" TextColor="#FFFFFFFF" FontFamilly="Arial" FontStyle="Bold Italic" /> </Item> <Item Type="Wheel" IfSystem="IsInTheList:75"> <Display X="0%" Y="50%" Width="50%" Height="50%" Anchor="BottomLeft" /> <Rotation XOffset="50%" YOffset="100%" Angle="270" /> <Fallback Type="Text" Text="%name%" TextColor="#FFFFFFFF" FontFamilly="Arial" FontStyle="Bold Italic" /> </Item> </Drawings></ImageComposition>

I noticed a lot of my games were scraping Japanese logos. Under the miscellaneous tab you can set region priority and verify the ROM by CRC. Setting region priority us,eu,wor,jp,ss ensured I always got the English-language logo when available.

Skraper throws an error if you remove system folders, even if they are empty, so after I’m done scraping I stash empty folders in a subdirectory so it’s easier to navigate the rom folders in Retroarch.

Emulation Station Themes

I told myself I wouldn’t get weird about themes but of course I did. Theme installation is simple, just drop the folder into

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project_eris/opt/emulationstation/.emulationstation/themes/

I wanted clean, simple menus that Minnow could easily navigate featuring a large screenshot of the game with the logo. I ended up going with the aptly-named simplebigart theme, but these are the ones I narrowed it down to.

Performance

The PSC is not perfect, but it has been a solid emulator for me. I’m not too worried about accuracy, so long as games are playable, and most have been, and ES makes the collection playable by my kiddo. ES kicks the player out to Retroarch when exiting the game, which is not ideal, but that’s a comparatively minor issue.

I recently tested Castlevania: Symphony of the Night emulated on the PSC and as a PS1 disc in my PS3 (I apparently got rid of my PS1 because the PS3 is backwards-compatible. :( ). I couldn’t tell the difference.

FAQs

How do you get Project Eris on PlayStation classic? ›

How to Install Project Eris
  1. Download the Project Eris zip package to your computer.
  2. Format a USB drive (USB 2.0 preferable) to FAT32 and label it SONY (must be in all caps). ...
  3. Extract the zip package to the root of your newly formatted USB.
  4. Make sure your console is unplugged from power.

How do I upgrade from Project Eris to BleemSync? ›

Migrating from BleemSync or an older version of Project Eris

Download the Project Eris zip package. Extract the package to your current Bleemsync or Project Eris USB drive. You should now have both a project_eris and bleemsync folder on your drive (overwrite files when asked).

Where do you put cores in project Eris? ›

Simply drop your rom files into the proper console folder in the 'roms' folder. Ensure you have the correct BIOS for any cores that require them and put them in USB:/project_eris/opt/retroarch/system.

How do I put games into PS Classic? ›

Your usb pull it out of your computer. And then plug it into the second usb slot on your playstation

Can you play discs on PlayStation classic? ›

The PS Classic is 45% smaller than the original PlayStation and does not have a disc drive.

How do I uninstall Eris from PlayStation classic? ›

  1. Go to your USB:\project_eris\flags.
  2. Create a file called UNINSTALL.
  3. Plug the usb back on your PSC and boot normally.
  4. Wait until the you see the message that is safe to shutdown the console.
  5. remove power cord.
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What can PlayStation classic emulate? ›

The PlayStation Classic isn't powerful enough to emulate a Switch, but it can emulate Nintendo 64 and Dreamcast games — to a certain extent and results will vary per title. Emulation Station is a graphical user interface that runs on top of RetroArch.

How do you mod a PlayStation classic Mini? ›

The Ultimate PlayStation Classic - 2021 Modding with Project Eris

What can project Eris do? ›

What is Project Eris? Project Eris is a fully fledged modification tool for the PlayStation Classic Mini. It allows users to add games, mods and ports whilst also including a large array of extra features and quality of life improvements. Please note: The desktop app for Project Eris will be made public at version 1.0.

How do I uninstall BleemSync? ›

You can remove BleemSync from your usb simply by reformatting the usb or deleting the files. BleemSync 1.1 or later: Create a file called UNINSTALL in USB:\bleemsync\flags\ . Note: The file is case sensitive and must not have a file extension.

Where can I download RetroArch cores? ›

To access these, go to RetroArch's main menu, select 'Online Updater', and then select 'Update Cores'. You don't need to download a new version of RetroArch in order to be able to run new or updated cores!

Is there a PS2 Classic? ›

The PS2 Classic Mini (Or Playstation 2 Classic Mini) is a Miniature Console produced by Sony. It is a remake of the classic Playstation 2 system made by Sony, and comes with 60 PS2 games preinstalled. the PS2 Classic Mini allows users to connect to the Playstation Store and purchase other Playstation 2 titles.

How do I transfer games from Eris to project? ›

After running the Project Eris payload for the first time you should see a transfer folder on your USB (USB:\transfer). If you have not yet run the payload you can create the transfer folder manually. To transfer games all you need to do is copy a game in a supported format (see below) to the transfer folder.

Is PlayStation Classic good? ›

The games list is actually a really interesting mix of classics, curiosities and rarities (but it's missing some fan-favourites). The games still play well if not perfectly, but ultimately this recreation of the classic PlayStation looks immaculate and showcases the ground-breaking design of Sony's first console.

How much power does a PlayStation Classic use? ›

Electricity Usage of Game Consoles
ConsoleWatts
Wii40
Playstation Classic2.3-2.5
NES Classic Edition2.3-2.5
SNES Classic Edition2.3-2.5
15 more rows

How can I play PS1 games without the disc? ›

You can play game without PSX CD by many ways such as iso,images,... or virtual CDROM. Let go to cnet to get more info about some lastest shareware virtual CDROM.

Does AutoBleem work with exFat? ›

AutoBleem PS Classic Linux Kernel

The new AutoBleem kernel includes support for OTG, RNDIS, easy WiFI setup and auto connect on boot (all Linux drivers), Ethernet (all Linux drivers), NTFS and exFat, and experimental Bluetooth support.

Can you hack a PS1? ›

The PS1 can be hacked with the tonyhax tool. A new software hack tool has been created that effortlessly fools the PS1 into accepting unlicensed copies of video games. Dubbed "tonyhax" for reasons we're about to explain, this tool is a dream for every nostalgic gamer/pirate out there.

Can you hack a ps4? ›

A newly-discovered hacking exploit has opened up the PlayStation 4 and Pro, and may work on a PS5 too. A trio of console hackers have released the hack, which works on consoles with firmware update 9.00 and earlier, and allows for homebrew apps and unauthorised copies of games to be played.

What games are on PS1? ›

Playstation

Is it easy to mod a ps1 classic? ›

Because of that, there are a lot of options when it comes to hacking or modding them. The PlayStation Classic made by Sony is both easy and difficult to mod.

How do I add games to Bleemsync? ›

BleemSync Adding PS1 ISO Games Onto Your USB! - YouTube

Is RetroArch legal? ›

Running ROM's and game images via RetroArch is a legal grey area depending on how you obtain such content, but RetroArch itself is not illegal.

Can RetroArch run PS3 games? ›

RetroArch can run on the usual platforms like Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. RetroArch also runs on Apple and Android for tablets and phones, as well as on game consoles like PS3, PSP, PS Vita, Wii, Wii U and more!

Can RetroArch play 3DS games? ›

Our first choice is RetroArch - an emulator for Android that lets you play Nintendo 3DS games. Open-source and ad-free, this emulator is ideal for gamers who love being immersed in their game. Is there any Nintendo 3DS emulator for PC? C'était Citra.

What is Project Eris? ›

Project Eris is a fully fledged modification tool for the PlayStation Classic Mini. It allows users to add games, mods and ports whilst also including a large array of extra features and quality of life improvements. Please note: The desktop app for Project Eris will be made public at version 1.0.

How do I uninstall BleemSync? ›

You can remove BleemSync from your usb simply by reformatting the usb or deleting the files. BleemSync 1.1 or later: Create a file called UNINSTALL in USB:\bleemsync\flags\ . Note: The file is case sensitive and must not have a file extension.

How do you add games to project Eris? ›

After running the Project Eris payload for the first time you should see a transfer folder on your USB (USB:\transfer). If you have not yet run the payload you can create the transfer folder manually. To transfer games all you need to do is copy a game in a supported format (see below) to the transfer folder.

What games are on ps1? ›

Playstation

Does AutoBleem work with exFat? ›

AutoBleem PS Classic Linux Kernel

The new AutoBleem kernel includes support for OTG, RNDIS, easy WiFI setup and auto connect on boot (all Linux drivers), Ethernet (all Linux drivers), NTFS and exFat, and experimental Bluetooth support.

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