Sony's PlayStation Classic is official, and looks to follow in the footsteps of Nintendo with the release of the SNES Classic and NES Classic. The market for retro consoles has proved to be incredibly popular in recent years, and while Sony's PS Now service offers the ability to play a range of PS2 and PS3 games, the PlayStation Classic is the only way to play PlayStation One games.
The PlayStation classic will look like the original but about 45% smaller, and come with 20 pre-loaded games for all your nostalgic playing pleasure.
Here's all you need to know about Sony's PlayStation Classic, from release date and pricing to details on game availability and what you'll get in the box.
When is the PlayStation Classic Release date?
The PlayStation Classic will be released on 3 December 2018, though we expect the console to be in high demand and it's likely that it'll sell out on launch date. For those that are keen, the PlayStation Classic is available to pre-order on Amazon as we speak.
How much will the PlayStation Classic cost?
The PlayStation classic will retail at £89.99 (€99.00 / $99.00) assuming you're able to get your hands on one. These retro consoles have a reputation for selling out extremely quickly and we’re not sure what the supply situation is like, so make sure you get yours as soon as possible. Amazon stock is hit-and-miss, though at the time of writing, the mini console is still available to pre-order at GAME in the UK.
What games will be available on the PlayStation Classic?
The 20 pre-loaded games that come with the console is going to be a huge factor in whether you decide to purchase one or not.
The current list of confirmed games for the PlayStation Classic are as follows:
- Final Fantasy VII
- Jumping Flash
- R4 Ridge Racer Type 4
- Tekken 3
- Wild Arms
What about the rest? While it seemed odd that Sony initially only announced five games for the console, we now know why. Much like Nintendo and its' retro consoles, the game availability for the PlayStation Classic will be region-specific.
In response to questions posted by IGN, Sony confirmed that "The 20 titles launching with the PlayStation Classic were selected due to their popularity amongst original PlayStation fans. However it is important to note that the title list is tailored to each region,”
The company has also confirmed that there won't be any games added to the retro console post-launch, and that there is no online functionality or the ability to connect to PSN accounts or services.
What accessories will come with the PlayStation Classic?
The PlayStation Classic will come with two original wired PlayStation controllers, so they won’t include the Dualshock analogue sticks. The console will also be powered by a USB port at the back, and if you want an AC Adaptor, you’re going to have to buy one of those separately.