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Sony Announces the PlayStation Classic

September 19, 2018

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By: Max Cannon

Obviously taking a page from Nintendo's playbook, Sony recently announced the PlayStation Classic which will offer up 20 games from the original console's lineup, though we don't know the full library quite yet. 

Returning to the Classics

Following the new standard set by Nintendo, the PlayStation Classic is a smaller version of the original console that it's based on (45% smaller according to PlayStation) and plugs into your TV via an HDMI cable and is powered up through USB, though it doesn't include a brick alongside the cable to power it. This miniature console will also include 2 replicas of the original PlayStation controller, but there's no sign of the original Dualshock controller which was the first controller to have two analog sticks and came to the PlayStation further into the console's lifecycle. The inclusion of two controllers suggests that we could be seeing some quality multiplayer games coming to the console and speaking of games...

The PlayStation Classic, on the left, compared to the original PlayStation, on the right.The PlayStation Classic, on the left, compared to the original PlayStation, on the right.Courtesy of PlayStation

There are going to be 20 games pre-loaded onto the PlayStation Classic but there were only 5 announced so far, Final Fantasy VII, TEKKEN 3, R4: Ridge Racer Type 4, Jumping Flash!, and Wild Arms. While there are 15 more games to be announced, this is an interesting list. Final Fantasy VII is a must have and TEKKEN and Ridge Racer make sense but as awesome as Wild Arms is, it's an odd addition to the lineup considering there's such limited space and I doubt anyone was hoping for Jumping Flash! on there. There's more to come so don't worry, but this is an interesting list to announce the console with.

The back of the console, though there's really no information to what that section on the left side is.The back of the console, though there's really no information to what that section on the left side is.Courtesy of PlayStation

Coming This Holiday

Just in time for Christmas, the PlayStation Classic is set to release on December 3rd for $129.99 in Canada and an even $100 in the US. I'd imagine that more games are coming in hot for announcements up until launch, so if you're hoping to see Crash Team Racing or Metal Gear Solid or some other iconic PlayStation game I'd suggest keeping an eye on some inevitable game reveals that are coming down the road. For a clearer look at the new miniature console, check out the video below! 

Introducing PlayStation Classic

While this console certainly feels like it's following in Nintendo's footsteps that's not a problem if you have a deep love of those classic PlayStation games. Of course, there are a few small features I'd wish for like the ability to sign into my PlayStation account and earn trophies, connect online to add more PS1 games to the library, and it'd be awesome if these controllers could be used wirelessly though I understand the love for recreating that classic wired PlayStation experience.

Everything in the box for the PlayStation Classic, no news on how long the controller wires are though.Everything in the box for the PlayStation Classic, no news on how long the controller wires are though.Courtesy of PlayStation
 
Tell Everyone What You Think!

Are you excited for the PlayStation Classic? Have you tried out the NES Classic Edition or SNES Classic Edition? Leave your thoughts below!