Sony announces PlayStation One Classic that comes pre-loaded with 20 games

Ruben Fields
September 19, 2018

PlayStation One Classic is nearly half the size of Sony's original 1994 console, making it small enough to hold in one hand.

The console is the first of Sony's video game machines to be given a compact makeover.

Dubbed, in an unimaginative but entirely descriptive manner, the PlayStation Classic, Sony's miniature console celebrates the near-25-years since the company launched its CD-ROM-based 32-bit console on the market - a console, it must be remembered, that was originally going to bear the Nintendo logo. For example, the disk bay is useless, and there's no way to get any other games, given that the memory cards don't work. This game tally and controller count is much closer to Nintendo's SNES Mini, presumably learning (via Nintendo's experimentation) that having two controllers in the box pleases fans a great deal more than only having one.

Sony has announced five so far - Final Fantasy VII, Tekken 3, R4: Ridge Racer Type 4, Jumping Flash! and Wild Arms.

The package will come with the mini-console itself, the controllers, a USB cord, and an HDMI cable.

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Sony's new mini console launches on 3rd December for £89.99 / €99.99 / $99.99 - so slightly more expensive than Nintendo's offerings have been.

Select titles will support local multiplayer gameplay using the two controllers. Sony did an incredible marketing campaign, tapping into club culture to make games cool. Pressing "Open" changes the virtual disc so you can swap games, while "Reset" suspends games. Regional pricing is $99.99 United States dollars / $129.99 CAN / €99.99 Euro / £89.99 GBP.

The Sony PlayStation Classic price in the U.S. has been set at $99.99 (roughly Rs. 7,300).

Sony says you can preorder the console right away, to reserve yours for launch day.

First, there was the NES Classic Mini, followed by the SNES Classic Mini and the C64 Mini shortly after that.

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