In a shock to no one, except our wallets, Sony has announced a mini PlayStation.
With the success of the NES and SNES Classics before it, and the many, many, many Atari consoles before that, Sony is jumping into the heritage device arena. The PlayStation Classic will pack 20 PS1 games into a diminutive form factor, scaling in at 45% of the size of the original PlayStation, to let fans of the brand relive the glory days of the original Sony console. While that original was a CD-based system, this PS Classic will have all the game loaded internally. Yes, much like Nintendo’s offerings, it’s not much more than a glorified USB stick with controller inputs, but it sure does look pretty.
The mini console will come with two controllers (NO ANALOG STICKS?!) and HDMI cord, a USB cord (sans AC adapter) and instruction guide. The device won’t be upgradeable, so don’t expect to change or add games later. Of the 20 games included, here are the announced: Final Fantasy VII, Ridge Racer 3, Wild Arms, Jumping Flash, and Tekken. More will be announced soon.
While the NES and SNES Classic felt right at home visually on our big screens, this era was much muddier, as developers struggled with the jump from 2D to 3D images. It’ll be interesting to see how the PS1 looks on a modern 4K TV. Either way, the collectors in us will undoubtedly scoop it up. For reasons.
The PlayStation Classic launches on December 3, 2018 for $99.99 USD (MSRP) / $129.99 CAN (MSRP). It’s available to preorder…. NOW.