Sony has announced the PlayStation Classic, their answer to Nintendo’s NES Classic and SNES Classic. It’s going to have twenty pre-loaded games from the original PlayStation, including Final Fantasy VII, Tekken 3, Ridge Racer Type 4, and others. It also comes with two controllers, because what’s the fun of Tekken 3 if you don’t have a friend cursing you out for using Eddy?
After the astronomical success of the NES Classic and the SNES Classic, it only figures that other gaming companies will start releasing their own miniature versions of legendary consoles. We’ve already seen Atari and Sega make some steps in that direction. However, it seems that the next big thing in selling what’s essentially ROMs in a pretty packaging will be the PlayStation Classic. It’s going to cost $99.99 USD / $129.99 CAN, according to PlayStation Blog. The launch date is December 3rd, 2018, which is the twenty-fourth birthday of the original PlayStation.
So, what do you get for your hundred bucks? Well, first off, the hardware. The system itself is about 45% smaller than the original PlayStation. It copies the look of the original to a T, as you’d expect. It has three buttons: the Power button, the Reset button (suspends games), and the Open button (changes virtual disc). You also get an HDMI cable, a USB cable, and two controllers, which, again, emulate the look of the original PlayStation controller. No word of any power adapter, so one assumes it gets its juice from the USB.
But, let’s get to the brass tacks here. You want to know about the 20 pre-loaded games. That’s what you’re paying for. Well, unfortunately, the announcement doesn’t give us the full list of games. They reveal only five: Wild Arms, Ridge Racer Type 4, Jumping Flash, Tekken 3, and Final Fantasy VII. Not a bad start. We’ll make sure to keep you updated on further developments. FOr now, here’s the introduction trailer for the PlayStation Classic.