New Horizons Probe Uses Original Playstation CPU

PlayStationNine years after launch, the New Horizons space probe that NASA launched has just passed Pluto. With this, scientists have got some of the best information so far of the far away planet and it’s five moons. But how does this relate to gaming? Well, we all know that our modern gaming systems and mobile devices are more powerful then the computers used to get astronauts to the moon. As it turns out, your devices are also more powerful then the computer in this probe.

The processor used in this probe is the same processor in the Playstation 1. That’s right. The MIPS R3000 CPU that was used to run classics like Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, Final Fantasy VII, and Metal Gear Solid is the same processor used to get the New Horizons probe to Pluto. It’s pretty cool that they could use the PS1 processor for something like this.

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