Yes, the PS1 boot logo is actually a 3D model, not a static image
The PlayStation logo that appears in the iconic PS1 boot sequence is actually a 3D model, not a static 3D image like many of us thought. It’s not something an average user pays attention to, nor something that makes much of a difference (at least not now, anyway) but it’s still a cool revelation.
Last week, Twitter user Scuttlepunk posted his discovery.
the ps1 bios logo is actually a 3d model, you can see it from some really damn forbidden angles pic.twitter.com/2u2Pa0GEOd
– Em (@Scuttlepunk) June 30, 2021
You can actually move it around using Unreal Engine to see it from different angles as shown below.
– Lilymeister: Off Hiatus & Tired BLM ACAB (@ b0tster) June 30, 2021
If you insert an unsupported disc into your PS1, you will get a boot error which will cause the system to hang after the SCE logo appears on the screen as usual. This causes the screen to go black with the PS logo missing while the rest of the visual turns off and fades. In other words, this beloved 3D logo only appears after the disc has passed authentication.
Called “Fearful Harmony”, the aforementioned problem is best explained by the author of this PlayStation Wiki, who wrote:
The reason the PS1 logo is never present during Fearful Harmony is because the template is meant to be played from the game disc, which is missing on an invalid disc. This is similar to the Nintendo logo that appears at the start of every Game Boy game, which was required in each cartridge’s ROM as copy protection.
We learn something new every day!