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Close-up image of a PolyStation with a cartridge inserted (Ganbare Goemon! Karakuri Dōchū)
Also known asPolyStation II, PolyStation III, Super PolyStation, PolyStation 2, PolyStation 3; PS-Kid, Game Player, Extra TV Game, Play and Power, FunStation, PSMan, FunStation 3

PolyStation is the popular name given to any shanzhai counterfeit video game console and Nintendo Entertainment System hardware clone that closely resembles a Sony PlayStation, particularly the PS1 variant.[1] The cartridge slot of the PS1-clone systems is located under the lid which, on an original PlayStation, covers the disc drive.


It is not known for sure who created and manufactured the PolyStation. What is known is that the clone is a shanzhai console produced in China.[2][3] Lebanese-Paraguayan trader Ali Ahmad Zaioum reportedly went so far as to register the console's brand and design to extort other sellers of the clone.[4] However, he was accused by the Paraguayan court of falsifying documents and information in order to obtain registration with the Ministry of Industry and Commerce of Paraguay.[5]

The console was very popular in the 2000s in many Latin American countries, mainly because it was sold at a low price.[6] In 2015, PolyStations proved to be popular in parts of Costa Rica.[7]

Variations of the PolyStation[edit]

PolyStation consoles are sold under many different names, including PS-Kid, Game Player, Play and Power, FunStation, Extra TV Game, and PSMan;[7] there are also a number of variations on the PolyStation name, such as PolyStation II, PolyStation III and Super PolyStation.[8][9]

Some of these consoles resemble the original PlayStation, others the PSone redesign, and others the PlayStation 2. Recent variations of the PolyStation resemble the PlayStation 3, some of which sold under the name FunStation 3.[10] Some variations include built-in unlicensed games, and in many cases these games are modified copies of licensed games.[11]

Other versions of the console include the PolyStation 2[12] and 3,[13] which are small versions of the PlayStation 2 and 3 and come with an attachable controller. They have a small LCD screen, and are playable handheld games.


  1. ^ Kanellos, Michael. "PlayStation vs. PolyStation". CNET. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 22 January 2019.
  2. ^ "Opinión: ¿Por qué muchos sufrieron con las PolyStation?". Vrutal (in Spanish). 27 January 2014. Retrieved 27 January 2023.
  3. ^ Lacort, Javier (22 January 2022). "PolyStation, la consola que arruinó los sueños de una generación". Xataka (in Spanish). Retrieved 27 January 2023.
  4. ^ "Cae policía en el caso intento de asesinato de Ali Zaioum". UltimaHora.com (in European Spanish). 18 February 2010. Retrieved 27 January 2023.
  5. ^ "PolyStation: conheça o videogame que decepcionou muita criança". Tecmundo (in Brazilian Portuguese). 27 March 2022. Retrieved 27 January 2023.
  6. ^ Faria, Rodrigo (10 May 2013). "UOL Jogos testa o Polystation, videogame que mais 'engana' os pais". UOL Jogos (in Brazilian Portuguese). Retrieved 27 January 2023.
  7. ^ a b "La Polystation es la reina de las copias". La Nación (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 10 February 2022. Retrieved 10 February 2022.
  8. ^ GameVicio (2010-01-05). "Os famosos video games piratas". GameVicio (in Brazilian Portuguese). Retrieved 2023-07-21.
  9. ^ Thiago, por. "Você conhece o Polystation?". Retrieved 2023-07-21.
  10. ^ Saltalamacchia, Brandon (2019-07-04). "Polystation - Why & How Does This Fake Playstation Exist?". Retro Dodo. Retrieved 2023-10-04.
  11. ^ Justin Towell (2014-08-05). "DOALSHOCK? The most ludicrous game hardware knock-offs". gamesradar. Retrieved 2023-10-04.
  12. ^ "Mini PolyStation 2 PS2 knock-off". Engadget. Archived from the original on 2022-02-10. Retrieved 10 February 2022.
  13. ^ "Inevitably, the PolyStation 3". Engadget. Archived from the original on 2022-02-10. Retrieved 10 February 2022.

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