Recently Sony announced the PlayStation Classic, a redesign of the original PlayStations 1 that
started it all. The company introduced the device on its blog saying:
“Almost 25 years ago, the original PlayStation was introduced to the world. 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
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.”
As you can get so far, the upcoming console will serve for the most part as a nostalgic collectible,
that you can get for $99.99 starting December 3 rd . It’s 45% smaller than the original PlayStation 1,
but it looks identical to that latter other than that.
We also know that the console will sport an HMDI and a USB port while it will also support 2
DualShock controllers that will be included in the package. At this point it is worth noting that there
will be no charger or adaptor in the original package. There will also be a RESET button. Once
pressed, this button will allow the player to automatically save their progress and turn off the game.
When they come back to the game they will be able to pick up from where they left it.
What we didn’t know up until today however is how certain system features will work and how they
will differ from Nintendo’s NES Classic and SNES Classics. To answer that, IGN has contacted Sony
which confirmed that just like the old consoles, the original titles list will be final. There are no plans
to add content to the PlayStation Classic after its circulation.
In addition, it has been confirmed that the anticipated system won’t have online features and it
won’t connect to a PSN account in any way, which means that the titles we’re expecting to see will
not come with any ‘Trophies’ lists.
As for the console’s library, Sony hasn’t revealed yet the rest of the titles that will be intergraded.
Titles such as Crash Bandicoot and Spyro the Dragon will most likely be absent since they were
subjects of recent remakes. Nonetheless, a Sony spokesperson mentioned that the 20 titles in the
list have been chosen based on popularity between the PlayStation 1 fanbase.
All in all, Sony has made it clear that the PlayStation Classic is an individual initiative that will not
affect future remasters or remakes in any way. It becomes clear then that the customer base the
company is targeting, is old fans that have been there since day one. The Classic’s role will then be
rather commemorative than anything else. All that is left now to see is if the rest of titles that will be
included will add up to the $100 value that the upcoming Classic console will cost.