It's finally happened, Crash Bandicoot for PS4 is now out so here's what you need to know about the N. Sane remastered trilogy collection including the Crash Bandicoot PS4 release date, trailer and features.

Some will consider it a Christmas miracle that Activision and Vicarious Visions have released the PS One classics on PS4 (not Xbox One) giving players a suitable hit of retro gaming joy - and potentially even inspiring a Spyro the Dragon remaster too.

When is the Crash Bandicoot PS4 release date?

Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy UK release date: 30 June 2017

The remastered Crash Bandicoot trilogy will arrive exclusively on the PlayStation 4 on 30 June 2017. That means it's now available to buy.

How much does Crash Bandicoot for PS4 cost in the UK?

You can buy Crash Bandicoot for PS4 from a few different online stores including from Amazon for £27.99 or from Game for £29.99.

You can also shop at Zavvi for £32.99, while ShopTo lists it at £33.85.

Crash Bandicoot N. Sane trilogy games

The new remastered collection will include the following Crash Bandicoot games:

•    Crash Bandicoot
•    Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back
•    Crash Bandicoot: Warped

Is it remastered?

Developer Vicarious Visions says it's hard to answer whether Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy is a 'remaster' or a remake'.

It said: "It's practically impossible to make a traditional remaster of the original Naughty Dog games. They're roughly 20 years old, and technology has advanced significantly in that time. The original code and assets are nearly unusable. Nearly."

"But we don't consider this a remake. We know how much you all love the original games, so we didn't want to fully remake them. The N. Sane Trilogy is a remaster plus."

Crash Bandicoot PS4 characters

Gameplay and new features

Vicarious Visions has quite a task taking these classic games from Naughty Dog and rebuilding them, saying it started by simply playing them to understand fully what was needed. The firm has used the original level geometry as a guide but completely rebuilt the Crash Bandicoot gameplay adding its own 'lush and zany art, animation, and audio'.

Levels aside, it confirmed that characters will be rebuilt following original designs and there will also be rebuilt cinematics inspired by the originals, while the music has been re-recorded too.

Crash Bandicoot PS4 levels

That said, Crash Bandicoot PS4 won't be simply identical but with modern graphics. Vicarious Visions has detailed new features which will be added to the game with consideration for the team's ideas, fan requests and the evolution of the franchise.

"The first new features we’ve worked on take the best of each of the games and apply them to all three," said the developer and include the following.

•    A unified checkpoint & save game system - includes manual and auto-saving
•    Unified menu system
•    Time Trials in all three games

Sony released a gameplay trailer for the upcoming game during its E3 2017 media showcase, highlighting some of the improvements compared to the original series. The trailer can be seen below.