Sony is finally following in the footsteps of Nintendo and is releasing a retro console that contains some classic games.
The PlayStation Classic is launching on December 3rd. It comes with two controllers (which are the standard ones rather than the Dual Analog ones) and a collection of twenty different games. The price of the system will be $99/£89/€99 at launch.
The games that have been revealed so far are Final Fantasy VII, Jumping Flash, Ridge Racer 4, Tekken 3, and Wild Arms.
The PlayStation Classic is similar to the NES Classic Edition in that it's under half of the size of the original system and is meant to be portable, on the off chance that you want to take it around to someone's house for some Tekken 3 action and hope that your fingers still remember all of Eddy's commands.
The PlayStation Classic also uses an HDMI port, so you will be able to see the blocky old polygons in an eye-searing high definition.
Sony has yet to reveal the remaining fifteen games on the system, but we can speculate as to the identity of a few of them.
The games that were developed by Sony Interactive Entertainment and their subsidiaries are a shoe-in, which includes titles like Gran Turismo, Wipeout, Twisted Metal, Destruction Derby, PaRappa the Rapper, and the Crash Bandicoot games.
There is a good chance we will see more Final Fantasy titles on the PlayStation Classic, considering how well Squaresoft supported the original system. There is a good chance we will see Final Fantasy VIII and IX, as well as a possible appearance by Final Fantasy Tactics.
If Sony really needs to bump up the numbers, then we may see the earlier Tekken games, even though they were totally outclassed by Tekken 3 in terms of gameplay.
The original Metal Gear Solid is a strong possibility, considering that Konami seems to be more willing to play ball with their old titles in recent years.
The fact that the PlayStation Classic comes with standard controllers rather and Dual Analog ones also rule out a couple of games, as titles like Ape Escape could only be played using the two joysticks, but these are few and far between.
It has taken a surprisingly long time for Sony to enter the retro console market, as Nintendo has had tremendous success with its NES/SNES systems. It's hard to judge how valuable the PlayStation Classic will be, seeing as we still don't know the full lineup of games.
Final Fantasy VII and Tekken 3 are amazing games, but the former has been released on numerous systems and the latter has been outdone by more recent iterations in terms of graphics and gameplay. The other three announced titles are less impressive, but there are still fifteen slots left for potential games. If Sony manages to assemble an amazing library of titles for the PlayStation Classic, then it may be a hot item this holiday season.
The PlayStation Classic will be launching on December 3rd.