If you visit Push Square, you are no doubt familiar with the memorable boot sequence of the original PlayStation. Awe-inspiring music plays as the old Sony Computer Entertainment logo appears, followed by the appearance of the iconic PS emblem, accompanied by mysterious, magical and sparkling sounds. Looking at it again today, it’s still a powerful thing. But did you know that the PS logo that appears is actually a 3D model, not a flat image?

To be honest, it’s not something we’ve ever thought about. You start up the PlayStation and play Croc: Legend of the Gobbos like everyone else, right? We assume that the general assumption is that this is just a pre-rendered 2D image, but it turns out that the logo is rendered in 3D every time you start a game .

On this interesting wiki page, there is talk about an issue that occurs when you try to play a non-PlayStation disc on your PS1. The SCE logo will appear as usual, but the PS icon will not appear and you will see some weird lines and shapes instead. The reason the PS logo is missing is that it only appears if the disc passes an authentication test to verify that it is a PlayStation game disc. If the disc is recognized, the 3D PS logo is loaded onto the screen from the disc itself.

Here are a few people who use Unreal Engine to recreate the logo and make fun of it. There is something very strange about seeing the PS symbol from the back:


So this is it. When you start up your PS1, this colorful logo we all know and love is a real-time 3D model, not a flat graphic. Fresh!

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