Mini consoles make another big entrance.
The Back Story on The PlayStation Classic
Almost a year ago, Nintendo released the SNES Classic Mini, a first-party pre-loaded emulation console following on the success of the NES Classic Mini. It proved that these little beasts can generate revenue based solely on nostalgia like someone selling e-Readers at a GameBoy Advance convention. Both of these consoles were huge successes though, adding to the list of sold-out-on-release Nintendo consoles. They still only get produced in limited runs and stores constantly lose stock upon arrival. Hence, the PlayStation Classic.
What’s Sony Doing About It?
Nearly twenty-five years after the console’s release, Sony has announced that they will be releasing their own miniature version of their original flagship console, the PlayStation. We can assume that they noticed Nintendo’s success in miniature consoles and have decided they want to capture a piece of the Nostalgia market, which has always been strong in the video gaming community.
The PlayStation Classic has 20 Games
With 20 pre-installed games (which we can speculate may differ by region), the PlayStation Classic is due for release this December, right in time to cash in on holiday spending. This is less than the amount of games released for both of the miniature Nintendo consoles, but is not rumoured to hurt sales for the unit.
Okay… So How Much?
The console is set to retail at MSRP $99.99, also a bit more expensive than the miniature Nintendo consoles. If you can’t wait until December to offload $99.99, you can pre-order the device at any major electronics retailers, namely Wal-Mart, Amazon, BestBuy, and GameStop. You can watch release trailer below as well as check out the list of games that have been confirmed will come installed onto the console.
- Final Fantasy 7
- Jumping Flash
- Ridge Racer Type 4
- Tekken 3
- Wild Arms