Following in the footsteps of Nintendo and Sega, it seems Sony has decided to join in on the nostalgia gold rush by releasing a new version of the console that started it all, the original PlayStation.
Sony says the miniature version of the 1994 console called the PlayStation Classic will be 45% smaller and come pre-loaded with 20 “genre-defining” titles such as Final Fantasy VII, Tekken 3 and Ridge Racer Type 4.
Sony plans to release a revamped model of its original PlayStation, called PlayStation Classic, in December. The new version is 45% smaller than the original and ditches CDs in favor of 20 pre-loaded games. https://t.co/h7enC99S4G pic.twitter.com/cUQlV43Y3j— CNN (@CNN) September 19, 2018
The Classic will ship globally on December 3rd, but is available for preorder now. Along with the mini console, buyers will get two classic PS1 controllers.
Although to actually play the thing, buyers will need to shell out extra for an AC adapter which won’t be included in the PlayStation Classic’s $100 price tag, a decision from Sony that many fans weren’t happy about.
However, complaints about the price tag and what’s included in the box didn’t seem to bother nostalgia seekers who were already lining up to get their hands on the Classic.
this takes me back to when life was less stressful. i want to be a kid again pic.twitter.com/ew4FLIRsWE— G.Lane (@G87Lane) September 19, 2018
@zemprini looks like i'm spending a benji— Benjamin O'Neill (@bplus0) September 19, 2018
The decision maker for many, though, will be the games.
Sony has revealed only five of the twenty pre-loaded games included with the Classic, and there’s no word yet on whether owners will be able to expand the game library in the future.
For now, it’s “wait and see” for those sitting on the fence.
I'll only buy this if Legend of Dragoon is on it.— N7AVEN6ER (@markfontana56) September 19, 2018
If it doesn’t have ape escape, it’s not worth my time. Also Parapa the Rappa— Steve ⚾️??? (@steveo6924) September 19, 2018
If this has FFVII on it I’m copping ASAP— Pablo (@Richie_RlCH) September 19, 2018
I hope that Silent Hill is included in that list of 20 games.— DjinK2 (@DjinK2) September 19, 2018
I'm gonna say the same thing I said about the NES classic And SNES classic. If I can't expand the library, I'm not interested.— Val Blade (@blade_val) September 19, 2018
Who else wants silent hill on this ?— Arif Davis (@arif98360one) September 19, 2018
They haven't showed all of the games that are included yet, and they want me to preorder? I think not.— Nick (@Kryptiic_v2) September 19, 2018
This is mostly why some of us are on the fence.— Mr Got No Chill (@Paynen_Sahrow) September 19, 2018
But for others, it’s already a hard “no” on the Classic.
Since retro games can be easily emulated on portable devices like smartphones and Sony’s own PS Vita many don’t see the point in stand-alone systems with fewer features, especially when cheaper options are available.
No Dualshock? Nor a home button to go back to the menu? Way to one up Nintendo guys. You didn't have the decency to even confirm the entire lineup either huh? #PlayStationClassic https://t.co/HRO16XKZXS— SoulfulChris (@SoulfulChris) September 19, 2018
So one potential "yikes" I'm seeing with the #PlayStationClassic already is the fact that the controller ain't the DualShock version (with the analog sticks). RIP games that need the analog stick, I guess. But hey, #MegaMan Legends 1 might make it. https://t.co/ey0b41zOtY— ShadowRock (@ShadowRockX) September 19, 2018
The Playstation Classic:— Norman Caruso (@GamingHistorian) September 19, 2018
- no DualShock controller ?
- only 5 games announced ?
- no USB AC adapter ?
Jar of Miracle Whip:
- tangy and delicious ?
- goes great on sandwiches and desserts ?
- A bargain ?
Pretty much any game worthwhile is available via steam, PSN or Xbox Live. Out of all the classic systems the PS1 holds up the worst.— Randell Leonard (@Randell_C) September 19, 2018
I guess this is Sony’s way of putting ps1 games on the ps4? Or the closest thing we can expect. I’ll try to pick this up. However $100 is insane! Also only 20 games you could buy a used one cheaper. Seems like a cash grab. At least att something to add more games please!— ThunderOfLoki (@ThunderOfLoki) September 19, 2018
I bought an original with two controllers, a memory card, and 8 games for fifteen bucks a couple of months ago. Now if they put some games like Tomba and Suikoden II onto the list then it would be totally worth it!— Zack (@Zackattack1013) September 19, 2018
Of course for a select group of fans, this is all moot.
i still have mine. ?— Melissa rivera (@newnaples30) September 19, 2018