The PlayStation Classic is a Thing, and I’m Not Sure Why
I guess because Nintendo is already working on its third “classic” console, the other major gaming manufacturers feel like they need to get on this nostalgic train before the steam runs out? Sony just announced that it will launch the very-original sounding PlayStation Classic on December 3 in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Japan, and Australian—just in time for the holidays.
The $99 mini console will ship with 20 original “groundbreaking” titles including Final Fantasy VII, Jumping Flash, Ridge Racer Type 4, Tekken 3, and Wild Arms. According to Sony, the console is around 45 percent smaller than the original PlayStation while still emulating the old school look and feel. It’ll ship with two original-style controllers, a USB cable, and an HDMI cable to connect the console to the TV (because 32-bit is going to look amazing in hi-def).
In theory, I get why Sony is doing this. They want to capitalize on a concept that has proven to be successful and lucrative for Nintendo. Margins on something like this have to be ridiculously high, otherwise I’m not sure these classic-branded products would continue to be a thing. And, of course, there’s the media buzz and excitement these things create within the gaming community—it’s easy, free press.