I’ve had a pair of Playstation 1 consoles sitting around my home for many years now, and I thought it would be nice to donate them to the ACMS as they are now getting to an age where people appreciate their chunky design and chunky graphics.
One of them is the first-edition model with built-in A/V plugs, and as I don’t have a multiport cable any more I thought I’d try that one first:
I hooked it up to the TV and switched it on. I couldn’t find an original controller but the PS2 ones are compatible so I used one of those:
It booted up just fine, but I don’t have any PS1 games so I tried an audio CD. It read the track listing but wouldn’t play, so I opened up the console and turned the gears on the read head mechanism back and forth with my finger until it moved freely. I plugged the console back in and it is now playing CDs!
Does anyone have any PS1 games they’d be willing to donate or loan to the museum to make this console usable? There are a lot for sale online but I’d rather test it out before buying more discs for this system.