Say Hello to the PlayStation Classic
Just over two years since the release of Nintendo’s NES Classic Edition console, and just shy of one year since the SNES Classic Edition, Sony has officially joined the party with a surprise announcement for the PlayStation Classic: a new version of the iconic original PlayStation that boasts HDMI output and 20 pre-loaded games, inside a console nearly half the size of the original. According to the official announcement on the PlayStation Blog:
“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.”
Included in the pre-loaded game library are classics like Final Fantasy 7, Tekken 3, and more—but with the notable absence of thumb sticks on the two PS1 controllers that come with the console, many PlayStation fans are left wondering if iconic games like Ape Escape and Metal Gear Solid will also be available. Making an appearance at the Tokyo Game Show this week, fans got to see exactly how the PlayStation Classic compares to the original in size, and got a look at the box art similarities as well.
At a slightly higher price point than the Nintendo classic consoles ($99.99), the PlayStation Classic will be released worldwide on December 3rd, the 24th year anniversary of the original console’s Japanese release. If history is any indication, it’s sure to sell out fast.