The PlayStation Classic reportedly references a number of games in its code which aren't playable including Street Fighter, Tony Hawk and Silent Hill

Posted by Dakota 'DarkHorse' Hills • December 5, 2018 at 12:01 p.m. PST

The PlayStation Classic released earlier this week to mediocre reception at best due to its performance and lack of selection for some, but the latter issue might have been much different if the system featured more of the games which were just discovered in its code.

There are 20 different titles available on the mini retro system including Tekken 3 and Battle Arena Toshinden, but the PlayStation Classic's source code has reportedly already been extracted and posted online with some interesting findings lurking within.

References to 30 or more different titles not present in the final release were allegedly uncovered though it is unclear whether they may have once been intended to be included in the roster or if they were simply used to test the hardware before Sony looked into licensing as video game developer Frank Cifaldi suggests.

Street Fighter EX Plus Alpha, Ehrgeiz, Silent Hill, Parasite Eve, Suikoden, Crash Bandicoot, Toy Story 2, Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver, Street Fighter Alpha 3 and Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 among others are some of the games / files found within the PS Classic's code.

This discovery came after owners of the system were able to access the console's debug / settings menu by simply connecting a keyboard and hitting the escape key where certain options could be found which are not normally usable on the system like filters and multiple save states. PAL versions of games can even reportedly be switched to their NTSC releases this way including for Tekken 3 — though Digital Foundry believes Sony may have chosen those versions due to the hardware not being powerful enough to emulate certain titles smoothly.

The PlayStation Classic was also quickly found to have not used Sony's own in-house, proprietary emulation like on the PS3 or PSP, and it instead uses the unofficial open-sourced PCSX-Rearmed emulator like those found on PCs and smartphones / tablets. It's impossible to say whether any of these games were planned for the final release before hitting licensing roadblocks, but you can take a look at the reported full list of games found in the code below.

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