Published: Wed, September 19, 2018
Tech | By Amelia Peters

Sony Reveals The PlayStation Classic, Coming December

Sony Reveals The PlayStation Classic, Coming December

Sony revealed that Final Fantasy VII, Jumping Flash, Ridge Racer Type 4, Tekken 3, and Wild Arms will be included in the console, but did not reveal the other games. Both consoles includes 20 or so preloaded games that users could play right away.

That omission is thought to rule out 1999's iconic "Ape Escape" from the retro console's 15 unannounced games, as it relied upon the presence of analog controls.

The PlayStation Classic launches on December 3, 2018. It follows the immensely popular NES Classic and SNES Classic, both of which were big hits for rival Nintendo. Even the two controllers it comes bundled with are modeled after the original PlayStation controllers. The timing of this announcement is pretty ideal too, as the original PlayStation is turning 25 years old later this year.

Between updated versions of classics (this new take of Theme Hospital is already eating away all of our free time), to entire collections getting re-released (like all of these), people love replaying old games.

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But while the PlayStation Classic is releasing on the same day as the original PlayStation, its library won't be limited to launch titles. The PlayStation Classic can now be preordered from GameStop and Best Buy, though more retailers may follow in the future.

A blog post at Sony's Japanese PlayStation site indicates that the final list of PS Classic games may vary from region to region, and it confirms that the system will not officially support additional downloaded games.

It's clear Sony is taking a page out of Nintendo's playbook with this announcement. PlayStation had a dedicated following in its time, so many fans will likely want to get this remaster of the PlayStation that started it all. The company has also retained the original grip handles to deliver the same ergonomic design that was first available on the original PlayStation controllers.

Like the NES Classic Edition before it, the PlayStation Classic will exclusively support HDMI-out for video and micro-USB for power. Also, there is a USB cable.

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