Sony has announced that the company’s seminal PlayStation console will be joining the ranks of miniature retro reworkings, which includes the NES and SNES Classic Minis and the C64 Mini of Nintendo.
The PlayStation Classic is a micro version of the original design of the console. It comes with a complete of working buttons. It will also come with 20 games that are already pre-loaded onto the system.
The said package will also come with two (full-size) original PlayStation controllers to allow a two-player multiplayer on some of the titles.
Sony disclosed that the PlayStation Classic will be released in ‘limited’ quantities on the 3rd of December. It will be priced at £89.99.
While Sony has yet to announce the full list of games that are included with the PlayStation Classic. Reportedly, it will likely differ by region. It did reveal that some of the games to be included are Jumping Flash, Final Fantasy 7, Tekken 3, Wild Arms, and Ridge Racer Type 4.
Like the NES and SNES Minis, the 20 game list will already be pre-set and cannot be added to by means of download or others.
The package will come with an HDMI cable that will connect to your television and a USB cable that will power the console, however, the user will need to buy an adaptor to plug the PlayStation Classic into a wall socket since this is not included in the package.
The release date of the PlayStation Classic has a nostalgic value for Sony since its original release of the console in Japan on the 3rd of December way back in 1994.
Comfortably, Sony’s PlayStation is considered one of the most influential consoles of all time. Its 3D graphics, edgy marketing and targeting of older audiences played a huge part in bringing video games into the mainstream.
The original version of the PlayStation went on to sell more than 102 million units across the globe. It also established Sony as a major player in the gaming market.
Sony’s announcement of the PlayStation Classic comes after the successful venture of Nintendo into the industry.
Both the NES Mini and SNES Mini Classic consoles were in high demand. The limited run of the NES Mini even sold out almost immediately. It urged Nintendo to restore production, while the SNES Mini has sold more than 5 million units since its release in 2017.