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PlayStation Classic: Sony announces a retro micro-console of its own

Sony has announced plans to release a miniature replica of its 1994 PlayStation console, with 20 classic games included, just in time for Christmas this year.

Following in the footsteps of Nintendo and its phenomenally popular NES and SNES “Classic Mini” consoles, the PlayStation Classic is an adorable shrunk down version of the original machine which connects to modern TVs via HDMI and is powered by USB.

It includes two full-size replica controllers (the original kind, not the ones with sticks), and will cost $149.99 when it launches on December 3.

The PlayStation Classic, alongside the 1994 original.

The PlayStation Classic, alongside the 1994 original.

Of primary concern will be whether Sony can conjure 20 suitably “classic” games, given the company did not make many of the console’s most popular entries itself. Supporting the idea that Sony may not be very confident in its lineup is the fact that it has so far only announced five of the twenty games. A counter-argument to that is that one of the confirmed titles is Final Fantasy VII, perhaps the most iconic PlayStation game there is.

Square’s role-playing epic is not just an incredible and fondly-remembered game, it was a linchpin of the PlayStation’s early success. A showpiece for early 3D visuals, CD-ROM enhanced multimedia and a more mature, edgy tone, it was emblematic of the difference between Sony and previous industry top dog Nintendo. (And, of course, it was extra fitting that the game was originally planned for a Nintendo console, as all previous Final Fantasy games had been.)

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