The Nintendo PlayStation was formed out of an ill-fated partnership between Nintendo and Sony in the early ’90s. The unreleased device — all of which were rumored to be destroyed — was slated to play games both from a typical SNES cartridge and the Sony-built CD drive. After one was discovered in 2015 at an estate sale, it has taken endless hours of patient hacking and tinkering, but finally Ben Heck has gotten the actual CD-ROM drive to work on the gaming console by using a modified SNES emulator.
Instead of running off a cartridge ROM like in typical SNES cartridges, the games need to be read into the machine’s limited RAM. With the consoles minor mismatches between how the emulator and actual machine accesses the CD, developers are already on the case. Watch the video above.