Last week, Sony jumped on the nostalgia bandwagon by announcing the PlayStation Classic. This console is a smaller replica of the original PlayStation. According to the PlayStation Blog, it will come with 20 pre-loaded games, including Final Fantasy VII, R4: Ridge Racer Type 4, TEKKEN 3, Jumping Flash!, Wild Arms, and more to be revealed later. Now, a few more details have been unveiled regarding the miniature console. First, will there be added trophy support, or some kind of PSN connectivity? In an interview IGN, a PlayStation spokesperson confirmed that there will not be added support to these older games. Also, it seems like there will be no additional games to be added after the 20.
PlayStation: "There are no plans to bring new content to PlayStation Classic post-launch,"
As already stated, Sony has not revealed the full game list for the PlayStation Classic. The spokesperson gave some insight into the decision undertaking. Interestingly, it sounds like the full list will be different in other regions.
PlayStation: "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."
While some of this may be disappointing, it is also not surprising. The PlayStation Classic was clearly inspired by the massive success of the NES Classic Edition and the SNES Classic Edition. The PlayStation Classic is pretty much the same as the Nintendo consoles; it is a smaller version of a retro console, it comes pre-loaded with an assortment of games, and now we know that the games themselves will not be enhanced with online connectivity. In short, PS Classic is the PlayStation equivalent of the nostalgia boxes Nintendo has created.
As for the full game list, there are many entries than can fill the 20. Despite Crash Bandicoot and Spyro getting HD collections, one can imagine that at least the first game in these two franchises will appear on the Classic. Metal Gear Solid, the first Tomb Raider, the first Silent Hill, the first two Resident Evils; these are games one expects to see on a nostalgia-based console full of the PlayStation's most iconic and greatest hits. It will be fascinating to see which games make the cut, and if any 'forgotten classics,' like the sci-fi shooter title Einhänder, will be included.
The PlayStation Classic will be released on December 3rd for $99.99. The price may sound steep, considering that the Nintendo consoles retailed for less. It is important to keep in mind that the PlayStation itself was a more powerful console than the NES or SNES. If Nintendo were to release an N64 or GameCube Classic Edition, there's a solid chance they would also retail for $99.99.