Nintendo has seen a lot of success from its NES Classic and SNES Classic. Unsurprisingly, Sony is now following Big N’s example, announcing plans for its own PlayStation Classic, a miniature console based on the original PlayStation.
The original PlayStation first hit the scene on December 3, 1994 in Japan, followed by a North American release on September 9, 1995. Arriving ahead of systems like the Nintendo 64, the PlayStation made a huge splash in the gaming world and forever cemented Sony’s position as one of the kings of the gaming industry. Naturally, Sony wants to help us relive the glory days while making a nice little profit in the process.
Just like with the Nintendo Classic series, the PlayStation Classic is a miniature replica console packing built-in games and HDMI connectivity. Here’s everything you need to know about the Sony PlayStation Classic console.
Why a PlayStation Classic?
Nintendo introduced the NES Classic Edition on November 11, 2016 for $60, a miniature version of the original Nintendo console complete with a single miniaturized controller, two controller ports, HDMI output and 30 built-in games. Nintendo followed up with the Super NES Classic Edition on September 29, 2017 for $80 with a controller, HDMI output and 30 built-in games. Both are still hard to find, quickly selling out when stores receive a fresh supply.
Creating a PlayStation Classic console in the same fashion just makes sense.
What’s in the box?
According to Sony, the PlayStation Classic console is 45 percent smaller than the original model. Appearance-wise it’s identical save for its overall size, complete with a reset button, power button and an open button, indicating that the lid possibly pops up despite not having CD-ROM components. The controller ports appear identical as well albeit smaller while Sony added an additional USB port and HDMI output on the back, eliminating the old-school video jacks.
Note that the PlayStation Classic is not based on the PS one, a miniaturized, redesigned version of Sony’s first console released on July 7, 2000. Sony released a version of this model with a built-in 5-inch LCD screen too.
In addition to the miniaturized console, the package includes two PlayStation controllers based on the original models, not the Dual Analog versions released in 1997. You also get an HDMI cable, a USB-A to USB Micro B cable and an instruction manual. What you don’t get is a power brick to actually give the console juice. Go figure.
“A compatible USB AC adaptor (not included) is required to use this console. Use an AC adaptor that supports 5 V, 1.0 A USB (Type A) output,” the company states.
The PlayStation Classic will sport the same colors, logos and packaging as seen with the original model.
What’s under the hood?
Sony doesn’t provide any hardware information, but it has modern components supporting HDMI output and USB-based input. By comparison, Nintendo uses an ARM-based four-core processor, 256MB of system memory and 512MB of storage in the NES Classic while the Super NES Classic includes similar hardware. Expect Sony to use a similar albeit beefier design given the PlayStation console handles polygons, not just sprites.
“Developed by Sony Computer Entertainment, it was the first home console in video game history to ship 100 million units worldwide, offering consumers a chance to play games with real-time 3D rendered graphics in their homes for the first time,” the company says. “All of the pre-loaded games will be playable in their original format.”
Tell me about the controllers!
Just like the originals, the two supplied controllers have ergonomic grips for an easy hold during heated gameplay. On the left you have the D-pad, the Select and Start buttons in the middle, and four action buttons on the right. You also have two shoulder buttons and two trigger buttons… just like the originals.
What’s different outside their obvious size reduction is that these controllers are based on USB-A connectivity despite the visual old-school design. The memory card ports don’t open or support external cards either. Sony says the console includes a virtual memory card to save your game progress.
What games are included?
Right now, we know that Sony will include 20 built-in games. Five of those will be Final Fantasy VII, R4:Ridge Racer Type 4, Tekken 3, Wild Arms and Jumping Flash! Sony will reveal additional games as the holiday season grows near.
It’ also possible that you’ll be able to unofficially add your own games using “hacking” methods similar to what is found with the Nintendo Classic series. Of course doing so with the NES Classic is a gray area matter at best and illegal at worse. It’s also unknown if Sony will have learned any lessons from Nintendo to prevent flashing methods like this.
When will the PlayStation Classic launch?
How much will it cost?
You’ll be able to get the Sony PlayStation Classic for $100 USD / $130 CAN. That’s a little pricey for 20 games, but it still may be more than worth it for those looking to relive PlayStation games without resorting to ROMs or breaking out your old system.