Sony goes ‘retro’ with Playstation Classic

The PlayStation 1 is getting the full-on classic treatment and seems to be hopping on the retro console bandwagon. PlayStation has teased the world with a trailer for their own classic version of their PS1.

The official trailer for the announcement dropped early last week. The console itself will be 45 percent smaller than its original predecessor. Now I don’t know about you, but that is quite the size reduction. It makes the system portable and easy to take on trips.

The system will connect to your TV via an HDMI cable. Gotta love the beauty of technology merging the past and the present. No more fidgeting with multiple colored input and output cords getting tangled and untangled, then frivolously moving your TV to plug in each color corresponding plug with unparalleled precision.

One thing that Sony chose to keep was the action of having two wired controllers. This is a strange nod to the past, as many users have commented asking why they didn’t include two wirelessly compatible controllers. Perhaps they didn’t want to lose that familiar feeling of being directly connected the system. Just a retro thing, I suppose.

The PlayStation Classic comes preloaded with 20 of the best games that ever were available on the PS1. Since the system comes pre-loaded with all 20 games, that means that there is no need for it to have disc drive. Not really a surprise, seeing as how you wouldn’t need to worry about that since it’s following Nintendo’s footsteps. One could infer that this means that there will be an internal storage device and save slots in each individual game as well. Imagine for a second if they did put a disc drive in and you got a bunch of classic games on tiny discs. That’d be neat! As of right now, the only games out of the 20 that have been announced are Wild Arms, Jumping Flash, Ridge Racer Type 4, Tekken 3, and Final Fantasy VII.

The PlayStation Classic is priced at $100, which makes it $20-$30 more than Nintendo’s Nintendo Entertainment System Classic and Super NES Classic. Is the extra money worth it for roughly the same amount of games as the other retro systems? Perhaps, but that is only because the games are graphically and technologically more advanced than the NES Classic.

If you’re a nostalgia-seeking retro gamer, expect to get your fill when the PlayStation Classic is available on December 3.


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