The PlayStation Classic is a case of Sony taking a page out of Nintendo’s book, bringing a famed and beloved console back to life in mini form. In this PlayStation Classic everything we know guide, we’ll be listing all the details we know so far about the upcoming mini console, including the PlayStation Classic release date, all the PlayStation Classic games we know of so far, as well as the final PlayStation Classic price and where to pre-order the PlayStation Classic. Pre-orders for the limited edition PlayStation Classic are now live, so check out the links below for all you need.
In short, the PlayStation Classic is a small retro console that comes with 20 classic PlayStation games built in. It ships with two mini original PlayStation controllers, has HDMI out to connect to modern TV sets, and will not allow additional games to be bought at a later date. Functionally, this is the same as the NES and SNES Classic consoles, where players are limited to the titles included with the systems (unless legally questionable modifications are made). Read on for a more detailed breakdown of the PlayStation Classic’s features.
PlayStation Classic Release Date
On September 19, Sony revealed the PlayStation Classic for the very first time. The PlayStation Classic release date is December 3, 2018, arriving a whole 24 years after the console first released in 1994 (in Japan, at least). The PlayStation Classic will release globally on this date.
Pre-Order PlayStation Classic
Pre-Orders for the PlayStation Classic mini console aren’t available everywhere yet, but we’ll update this guide page with pre-order listings as they are added to various retailers in the US and the UK. Right now you can pre-order the PlayStation Classic at Amazon, Best Buy, and GAME.
What Games are Included With the PlayStation Classic?
What games can we expect to be playing on the PlayStation Classic this Holiday season? The announcement by Sony reveals that 20 games will be launching on the mini console later this year, but as of right now, only the ones listed below have been revealed.
- Final Fantasy 7
- Tekken 3
- Ridge Racer 4
- Jumping Flash
- Wild Arms
This is a mix of the obvious (Tekken, Ridge Racer, and FF are all PlayStation staples), but with a bit of flavor, too. While Jumping Flash was a launch title for the PlayStation, its first-person platforming gameplay made it a rather divisive. New games for the PlayStation Classic should be revealed before the console launches in December. We’ll update the list above with any new games that Sony reveals, between now and then.
But what other games could potentially be included on the PlayStation Classic? We’ve put together a list of the PS One games we want to be included with the PlayStation Classic. Let us know what games you’d like the PlayStation Classic to have, in the comments below.
One thing that isn’t going to be an option (at least not officially) is adding new games after release. Sony’s info sheet for the PlayStation Classic reveals that games can’t be added to the mini console, so stop dreaming of a full-on PlayStation store.
PlayStation Classic Price
As for the price of the PlayStation Classic when it launches this December, Sony has revealed that it’ll retail for $99.99. In the UK the PlayStation Classic will retail for £89.99. All units will come with two mini replicas of the original PlayStation controller. These controllers came before analogue sticks were the norm, so only feature a d-pad. Does this seem like a fair price point for the mini console? Let us know in the comments below.
PlayStation Classic Resolution and Outputs
Sony has revealed that the PlayStation Classic will have HDMI Out, for use on modern TV sets, but the resolution the system outputs out will likely be disappointing for modern TV users. The maximum output resolution of the PlayStation Classic is 720p, but also supports 480p (according to a listing on the official PlayStation Japan website.
Size and Weight of PlayStation Classic
The PlayStation Classic is a lot smaller than the original PlayStation, being approximately 80% smaller in overall volume. We’ve got the full dimensions of the PlayStation Classic and its weight listed just below.
- 149 × 33 × 105 mm (width × height × depth)
- 170 g body
- Controller 140 g
This is a pretty small console. If you have space on your TV unit for more consoles, the PlayStation Classic should sit nicely next to your NES Classic and SNES Classic.
Does the PlayStation Classic Need a Memory Card?
The original PlayStation required users buy a Memory Card if they wanted to save their progress in games (which of course, everyone did). The PlayStation Classic has what looks like ports for memory cards, above the controller ports, but these are for show. The PlayStation Classic uses a virtual Memory Card so all progress in the included games can be saved.
That’s all we know about the PlayStation Classic at this point. We’ll be sure to update this page with more info as and when Sony releases it.
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