A miniature PlayStation console will release this December from Sony with a number of high profile classic titles built-in to the system. During Tokyo Game Show the unit was given a surprise reveal which also held proof of some impressive licensing deals accomplished by Sony to include iconic third party PlayStation titles such as Final Fantasy VII. This unit has HDMI output and uses an included USB-C cable for power but you will need an AC to USB power adapter (any smartphone adapter should work, even if it isn’t specifically made for USB-C).
The console will be 45% smaller than the original PlayStation which first released on December 3, 1994 in Japan over 20 years ago. The technology behind Sony’s first video game system was meant to be used in a CD-ROM based Nintendo PlayStation console through a contract that eventually fell apart and led to Sony taking matters into their own hands. After the deal fell through PlayStation went on to become one of strongest video game company in the world with over 100 million consoles sold and an unprecedented 10 years of manufacturing with software support still releasing including Final Fantasy IX which came out for PS1 in North America on November 13, 2000 nearly a month after the PlayStation 2 released on October 26, 2000.
Being the first game console to popularize technologies such as disc-based games, memory cards, and 3D polygonal graphics in home console gaming, PlayStation holds a special place in the hearts of many. It was also the birthplace of many game franchises including Resident Evil. PlayStation Classic will release on December 3, 2018 commemorating the 24th anniversary of its original release.
Features are listed below:
- MSRP: $99.99 USD, €99.99 EUR, ¥9,980 YEN
- HDMI Video Output (cable included)
- USB-C Power (cable included, AC adapter not included)
- Power Button (something not pre-installed on a Raspberry Pi)
- Two replica PS1 controllers (original model, no analog sticks)
- Reset Button which suspends games, for a power-saving pause
- Open Button for switching games (changes virtual disc)
The 20 pre-loaded games are unknown at this time, but the following are confirmed to be on the system:
- Final Fantasy VII
- Jumping Flash
- Ridge Racer Type 4
- Tekken 3
- Wild Arms
Among the games that could possibly end up on the PlayStation Classic we definitely expect and are hopeful for Jet Moto, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, Gran Turismo, Oddworld: Abe’s Odyssey, Driver, Resident Evil 2, Metal Gear Solid, Tenchu, Suikoden, Vagrant Story, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2, Twisted Metal 2, although some titles could be unlikely to appear simply due to recent remasters (such as the Spyro Trilogy or Crash Bandicoot).