Sony announces PlayStation Classic, a nostalgia-filled mini-console

Noel Cummings
September 20, 2018

Sony is launching a new mini console, the PlayStation Classic, a quarter century after the original on which it is modelled. Late Tuesday evening, Sony officially announced that it would introduce its own old-school console offering, the PlayStation Classic.

The PlayStation Classic is Sony's attempt to tap into PlayStation player's nostalgia by bringing 20 must-play PS One games back to your TV.

PlayStation One Classic is nearly half the size of Sony's original 1994 console, making it small enough to hold in one hand. Like the NES mini, this diminutive device comes with 20 pre-installed titles.

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'All of the pre-loaded games will be playable in their original format, ' the company said. The package will include two PlayStation controllers, an HDMI cord, a USB cable, and a virtual memory card for save files. First released in Japan on December 3, 1994, the PlayStation established Sony's place in the video game console market, priming them to dominate Nintendo, Sega and then-newcomers Microsoft in the subsequent generation of systems with the PlayStation 2.

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Retro consoles live and die by their game selections, though it's not entirely clear yet just how solid the PlayStation Classic's lineup will be.

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Move over, SNES Classic, retro console releases are moving into the 16-bit era of video gaming.

It will also come with a considerably smaller price tag than the full-feature PlayStation with a recommended retail price of just under $100 dollars and 100 euros.

The PlayStation Classic is powered by USB cable, meaning that any port capable of 5W out, or via a USB-to-AC plug, is capable of powering the console.

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