On the 3rd of December 1994 the first PlayStation console was released, raising the bar in home entertainment forevermore and creating a tech and gaming war that would carry on to this day. For those who remember the good old days of playing Tekken 3 with blocky graphics on a square television, there is a sense of nostalgia, steeped in memories of our youth.
As we all know, nostalgia sells, and video gaming companies know it too. Over the past few years, many arcade games and consoles have been re-released, much to the delight of aging gaming fanatics. This yearning for the past is a veritable goldmine for gaming and tech companies, and a marketing dream for those who can harness the power of retro culture.
We have seen it in the casino industry with the re-release of classic fruit slots and other the re-release of classic fruit slots and other old school games. We have seen it in the tech industry with the re-release of the Nokia 3310, and of course we have seen it in the video gaming industry with the release of the Nintendo NES Classic.
Release Date and Specs
This year, Sony is following in the footsteps of Nintendo with the release of the Sony PlayStation Classic. Scheduled to be released on the 3rd of December 2018, it will hit the shelves exactly 24 years after the PS1 was released. It was a move that many people predicted ever since the NES Classic was released. If Nintendo fans got the opportunity to play their favourite games from their youth, then Sony was not going to leave their fans in the lurch.
So, what can we expect from the PlayStation Classic? Well, from what we know, the Classic is pretty much a facsimile of the original PlayStation 1. It has the exact same dull grey colour, the same button layout and controller setup, as well as the PS symbol printed on top. The most noticeable difference is the size of the machine. The new PS Classic is approximately 45% smaller than the original, and a lot lighter.
If you thought you would be able to slot in an old PS1 disk and start up the machine, you would be mistaken. In fact, the console is so small, a disk would not fit inside. As per the NES Classic, the new PS comes preloaded with 20 of your favourite games built into the hardware. This includes games like Ridge Racer Type 4, Final Fantasy VII, Wild Arms, Tekken 3 and Jumping Flash. We are told at this time that additional games cannot be downloaded, at least for now.
All of the games are played in their original format, as they would have been back in 1994. Even the controllers are the same. As for the console, the “Open” button is used to change games while the “Reset” button suspends the current game. The system uses a virtual memory card to save games while all the other slots and lines are just for decoration to make the machine look like the original.
Cables and Power Supply
In order to make the console adaptable to modern televisions and monitors, Sony have slotted in an HDMI port. The system is powered by a USB cable, although, you will have to supply the power, either with a USB adapter or via the USB port on your television. As per the original console, all the games support local multiplayer gaming, so you and your friend/husband/wife/son/daughter can enjoy hours of fun playing your favourite titles.
The timing coincides with what would be an early Christmas rush, so pre-ordering is already in effect. If you want to get your hands on one, you may want to order yours now!