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Sony announces PlayStation Classic microconsole

20 September 2018

The console is now available for pre-order in Japan, Europe, the USA, and United Kingdom ahead of its release December 3. With Nintendo's success in selling the NES Classic and SNES Classic, this is something we should have seen coming, as the PlayStation 1 was home to many fondly remembered titles.

It doesn't look like fans will be able to play their existing CD titles, though, as the "Open" button atop the console is apparently meant for "changing virtual CDs", and the Classic's diminutive dimensions preclude room for silver discs.

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Although the console should be carried by most electronics retailers, at the time of writing only two United States retailers that now have it available for pre-order for $99.99, namely GameStop and Best Buy, with the latter throwing free shipping into the bargain. See it in action by checking out the trailer above.

The PlayStation Classic comes with two controllers out of the box, which are identical in design (aside from their USB connectors) to the original PlayStation Controller. On the front the memory card slots don't operate but the console includes built-in memory for save game storage. As always, keep in mind that if you do pre-order through Amazon, you can cancel your order all the way up until it ships which will likely be in late November. As much as loved Final Fantasy VII, it's a awful slog without them.

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The PlayStation Classic comes pre-installed with 20 original PS1 games, with announced titles so far including Tekken 3, Final Fantasy VII, Ridge Racer Type 4, Wild Arms, and Jumping Flash. In terms of output the announcement notes that all original games will be playable in their original format - so we should expect near-perfect emulation without and additional filtering or updates.

That will put this retro console on the market just in time for holiday shopping and with a $99.99 price, it will certainly be appealing to gamers. The remaining 15 games will be announced later this year, and Sony promises that there are "more fan favorites". (Hey, it was pretty good for its time.) It sold over 100 million units in just under a decade and continued to perform strongly even after the release of its successor system the PlayStation 2 until its production was finally shut down in the mid-2000s. Plus, yes, we all want to play as Cloud again, but maybe Sony will throw us a bone and give us an Oddworld game.

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Sony announces PlayStation Classic microconsole