One of the most memorable aspects of the original 1995 PSX was its distinctive grayish tone. However, did you know that there was a black version of the PlayStation? It was called Net Yaroze and, in addition to being aesthetically attractive, it had a unique feature for the time: it facilitated game development.
Net Yaroze was a reality that, as expected, debuted first in Japan.
At first glance, it looked like any other PS1 black, but it greatly simplified game programming for the console. Any programmer with a drive could work without needing a development kit. PlayStation.
In fact, as they point out in 3D Games, many amateur programmers used it to develop their own titles. They only needed the console itself and a dedicated PC ready to write the game code. To do this, the console was connected to the computer and the raw game was sent to be run in this black version.
Net Yaroze: Intriguing but difficult to obtain
However, not everything was so simple. In addition to the inherent difficulties of programming a game, the Net Yaroze It did not dominate the market and it was not affordable either. Although its current price is reasonable compared to Sony and Microsoft consoles, at the time It reached a value of 750 dollars.
This is more than double the price of the original console, which was around the 299 dollars Americans. And, although it was an option to consider, since it did not require a hard-to-find development kit, it also had its limitations.
For example, the Net Yaroze was not able to play self-recorded CDs. In addition, its hardware was not advanced, having only 1.5 MB of additional memory compared to the base model and lacking software, libraries, various tools and extensive technical support from Sony.
On the other hand, the only way to acquire it was through a direct order from Sony, which meant depending on stock and shipping availability. The number of models offered for sale is unknown.