With the huge success of the NES Classic and SNES Classic Editions, it should be no surprise that Sony is following suit. Today they announced the PlayStation Classic, a miniature replica of the original PlayStation (AKA PSOne), which launched in 1995 in the U.S. It will come with 20 pre-loaded games in their original format and include two controllers. It’s arriving December 3 with an MSRP of $99.
The gray brick console is even smaller with the PlayStation Classic: 45% smaller than the original. It includes an HDMI cable to connect with modern TVs, while eschewing separate memory cards for internal virtual memory.
Alas the two included controllers predate the widely beloved DualShock design of the later controllers, which would become the gold standard of console controllers. The original controllers lacked the double analog sticks of the DualShock, which released in 1997.
The full package does not include an AC adapter. You’ll need to use a third party adapter that supports 5v and USB.
As with Nintendo’s mini replicas, much of the success and nostalgia will be fueled by the games. Sony is playing very coy with the details, announcing only five of the 20 included games so far: Final Fantasy 7, Jumping Flash!, Ridge Racer Type 4, Tekken 3, and Wild Arms.
Sony should be teasing out the rest of the included titles in the weeks and months leading up to launch. The PlayStation Classic will launch on December 3. It has a suggested retail price of $99.