We truly live in the age of the classic mini retro console as Sony has joined the club with its new PlayStation Classic. Seemingly following in the footsteps of Nintendo's NES Classic and Super NES Classic, the PlayStation Classic is a small PS1 console with twenty built-in games, HDMI output, and two non-DualShock controllers selling for a MSRP of $99.99 with a release date of December 3, 2018. The PlayStation Blog has the news.
Today, we are excited to announce that we are bringing back the original PlayStation experience in a new miniaturized version – PlayStation Classic! The console will come pre-loaded with 20 classic titles, including fan-favorites such as Final Fantasy VII, Jumping Flash, Ridge Racer Type 4, Tekken 3, and Wild Arms.
The mini console is approximately 45% smaller than the original PlayStation, and it emulates the original’s look and feel by featuring similar controllers and packaging. Long-time fans will appreciate the nostalgia that comes with rediscovering the games they know and love, while gamers who might be new to the platform can enjoy the groundbreaking PlayStation console experience that started it all. All of the pre-loaded games will be playable in their original format.
I'm curious how this will do in the marketplace. While the pixel graphics of the NES and Super NES have aged well due to their iconic visual style, early 3D games from the era of the PS1 and the Nintendo 64 have not fared as well. Nobody fondly remembers low resolution textures and a limited draw distance. Nostalgia is a powerful draw though, as I've seen comments online today about people yearning to revisit the PS1 as it was their first console or the console they spent a lot of two-player nights with in college. I didn't grow up with a PS1 and didn't play a PS1 game until well into my years owning a PlayStation 3 after college, so I'm not in the market for one of these, but I say play whatever makes you happy no matter how well or poorly its aged.