Sony announces retro PlayStation Classic with 20 games

Saul Franklin
September 19, 2018

Today, Sony announced the PlayStation Classic, a new mini console that comes loaded with 20 PS1 games.

PlayStation's own dinky console will come pre-loaded with 20 games, which Sony says will be "playable in their original format". Now the games announced for the retro console are Final Fantasy VII, Tekken 3, Wild Arms, Ridge Racer Type 4 and Jumping Flash.

The release date is now set for December 3, with pre-orders available in the USA and Canada at US$99.99, but regional availability will be announced soon. And if you're Sony and you have a beloved retro console yourself, why deny the trend?

Back in 1994, it was seen as a risky move when newcomer Sony jumped into the video game console business with both feet by releasing the PlayStation on December 3.

Sony announced on September 19 the PlayStation Classic. As with those machines, the PlayStation Classic will not be able to download further titles.

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A close-up of the PlayStation Classic's controller ports.

Like its competitors, the PlayStation Classic will come in a smaller size, approximated to be 45 percent smaller than the original console.

It's clear Sony is taking a page out of Nintendo's playbook with this announcement.

Multiple versions of the PlayStation Classic will be offered on launch depending on which territory the system is sold in, with worldwide and Japanese versions confirmed so far. PlayStation had a dedicated following in its time, so many fans will likely want to get this remaster of the PlayStation that started it all. The company has, however, not offered the USB AC adapter.

Sony knows you need much more of a nostalgia boost than the remastered Spyro the Dragon and Crash Bandicoot games.

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