PlayStation Is Launching A Mini Version Of Their Original Console With 20 Classic Games Included ?

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.

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.

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.

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.

Of course for a select group of fans, this is all moot.

H/T – Business Insider, The Verge


Written by Dennis Matthew Livesey

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