In the age of remasters and nostalgia for what once was, Sony has finally jumped into the fray. Today, the company announced the PlayStation Classic, a miniature version of the original PlayStation 1 console that’s arriving on store shelves later this year.
The news is undoubtedly exciting for many fans, especially those who grew up with the old school PlayStation console. While I knew people with the PS1 console and was fortunate to try some of those classic games, I grew up strictly Nintendo so I don’t have a real connection to this announcement. This may seem like a biased opinion after what I just admitted, but after seeing this announcement, I couldn’t help but immediately think of Sony copying what Nintendo has been doing the past could of years.
I honestly can’t blame them. I’m sure development was greenlit as soon as they saw how crazy the NES Mini sold and then the SNES Mini a year later. It’s easy money these days, especially for those of us who grew up with these systems.
I still have a number of questions, however. The announcement felt overly vague, kind of like announcing another announcement coming later. We got the basics, sure, like what the package comes with (two controllers, USB cable, HDMI Cable, console), how much smaller it is than the original (45%), and when it launches: December 3.
Now, the other piece of information is that the console launches with 20 games and is going to retail for $99.99. While the final pre-loaded list of games wasn’t provided, fans are definitely going to see Final Fantasy VII, Jumping Flash, Ridge Racer Type 4, Tekken 3, and Wild Arms. What struck me is that this console comes with less games (20) for a much steeper price ($100) than what Nintendo has offered with the NES and SNES Mini. It’s an odd decision, to say the least especially when companies have access to better technology these days.
While Microsoft doesn’t have the classic backlog that Sony or Nintendo does, I have to give them a quick shout out for this gem on social media after the PS1 Class announcement went live: