September 19, 2018 — Sony Interactive Entertainment announces new retro console “PlayStation Classic” to be available for purchase later this year.
It feels like the nineties again
Earlier today I woke up to so see some exciting news in my inbox even before I got a cup of coffee. On their blog, the PlayStation Worldwide Marketing Senior Vice President, Eric Lempel, posted an article, introducing the PlayStation classic.
Sony Interactive Entertainment jumps on the retro hype train and releases a special version of their very first PlayStation console, and I feel like it’s 1995 all over again. The PlayStation classic is about 45% smaller than the original PlayStation, and it comes with controllers that look just the first ones.
The retro console is going to include 20 titles of a different gaming era, and since they are all pre-loaded onto the device, the disc drive might be there only to copy the original design of the product. But the “open” button can still load a different virtual disc. Of course, you won’t need to buy an old TV now – Sony has included HDMI cables with the box and fitting ports on the rear of the unit.
20 games included – but which?
Until now Sony has disclosed that among the 20 titles there will also be Final Fantasy VII, Jumping Flash, Ridge Racer Type 4, Tekken 3, and Wild Arms. We can still hope for more of our favorites from the 90s, but for that, we need to keep an eye on the news from Sony. If the games initially accounted for local multiplayer, they say that you will also be able to play those with two controllers on the PlayStation Classic.
In video game history the PlayStation is what Nintendo could have been if they didn’t jump ship last minute and left Sony with the idea of a new kind of console. Whether you’re a veteran gamer who wants to relive past thrills or introduce the “good old games” to their children, this should be an excellent opportunity. The same goes for gamers who were not yet born at that time or too young to play video games.
Pricing and release date information
The PlayStation Classic will be available on December 3, later this year ready for the holiday sales and they are planning to sell it for a price of either $99.99, €99.99 or 9,980 JPY, depending on the region you’re buying from. What do you think about this one? Share your thoughts below in the comments and let us know.
YouTube: Introducing PlayStation Classic
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Source: PlayStation Blog / PlayStation website