First there was the NES Classic Mini. Then there was the SNES Classic Mini. Now, Sony's getting in on the act. This morning, the company has announced the PlayStation Classic - a miniature PlayStation console pre-loaded with 20 games. How quaint!
The PlayStation Classic is launching on 3rd December, and will cost you £90. It looks pretty cute – with the same button set up as the original console, but at 55 per cent of its size. And it only weighs 170 grams. Aww. Just like the SNES Classic, it'll output games at 720p via a HDMI connection.
However, concerning is the fact that the full games list has not been announced. Only five of the 20 games have been revealed so far, which are:
- Final Fantasy VII
- Jumping Flash!
- R4 Ridge Racer Type 4
- Tekken 3
- Wild Arms
The small print of the press release states that "the title line-up other than the listed five titles may differ depending on which country/region the product is sold in". So basically, every region is going to have those five games, but the other 15 are likely to be slightly varied depending on your region. It suggests to me that final line-ups may not have been decided yet. Unlike the mini Nintendo games, where Nintendo owns the rights to the vast majority of games on the hardware, Sony's going to be working with multiple different publishers (just from those five listed, Square Enix and Bandai Namco), which makes it a slightly more complicated undertaking.
It comes bundled with two replica PS1 controllers, along with a HDMI cable and a USB cable. No AC power supply, which for £90 is a little disappointing. Not a problem if you can power it via USB from your TV, but otherwise you'll have to buy an adaptor separately.
It's a cool little novelty, but considering the games are more likely to be available elsewhere (Final Fantasy VII, for example, is already on PS4 and PC, and it's coming to Switch and Xbox One next year) whether it's actually worth it depends on how much you long for some late-90s nostalgia. And, of course, it also depends what other games will be on there. Crash Bandicoot? Spyro? Both classic PS1 titles, but both have fancy remasters. Gran Turismo? Theme Hospital? Metal Gear Solid?
The PlayStation Classic is coming on 3rd December but "will launch in limited quantities". So if you want to get your hands on one, I'd keep an eye out for pre-orders opening up.