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Sony has announced the PlayStation Classic, a reimagining of the original PlayStation for nostalgic nerds. Like Nintendo before it, Sony has realized there’s money to be made from bundling old games into new (and really rather cute) hardware.
It has always been possible to play old games, whether legally (by hooking up old consoles or buying digital copies) or slightly less legally (with emulators and ROMs). However, the NES Classic and SNES Classic proved people wanted to own the hardware too.
What Is the PlayStation Classic?
After seeing people go gaga for old Nintendo consoles repackaged for a new generation, Sony is jumping on the bandwagon. And where better to start than with the original PlayStation, which was released way back in 1994.
The PlayStation Classic is an almost exact replica of Sony’s debut console. Except it’s 45 percent smaller, and has the cables required to hook it up to modern televisions. It also comes with two wired PS1 controllers for local multiplayer gaming.
Games consoles are nothing without games, so the PlayStation Classic comes with 20 titles pre-installed. Sony hasn’t released the full list of games yet, but we know it includes Final Fantasy VII, Tekken 3, Ridge Racer Type 4, Jumping Flash, and Wild Arms.
The PlayStation Classic is being released on December 3, 2018. It’s priced at $99.99 in the U.S., €99.99 in the EU, 9,980 yen in Japan, and £89.99 in the U.K. If the NES Classic and SNES Classic are anything to go by, demand will quickly outstrip supply.
Necessary for Nostalgic Nerds?
The main problem Sony has here is how many old PlayStation games are already available elsewhere. For example, Final Fantasy VII, the biggest draw of the games mentioned thus far, is available on all of the latest consoles, plus Windows, Android, and iOS.
If this has made you feel nostalgic for your formative gaming years check out our list of the PS1 games we’re still playing today. Or check out our overview of the NES Classic Edition and our quick look at the Super Nintendo Classic Edition.