Sony is Launching a PlayStation Classic Console for $ 99.99

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Sony is following in Nintendo’s footsteps and bringing back its original PlayStation console nearly 25 years after its initial release as a miniature gaming device called the PlayStation Classic. The device will cost $99.99 and is similar to Nintendo’s NES and SNES Classic consoles, will come pre-loaded with 20 “genre-defining” titles, including Final Fantasy VII, Tekken 3, and Ridge Racer Type 4.

The system is approximately 45% smaller than the original PlayStation, and features all the games pre-loaded and set to go. And as you can see from the image below, it’ll come with two controllers so you can enjoy versus games with no problem, though these are more of the early models that came with the system, and not the Dual Shocks. No matter, they’ll still be great.

One thing you might notice, a missing AC Adapter. There is a USB cable that can be plugged into an outlet via an adapter, but you’ll need to supply your own or purchase Sony’s separately. The PlayStation Classic will include two original PS1 controllers and a HDMI cable, and cost US$99.99 ($129.99 in Canada, €99.99 in Europe, AUD$150 in Australia). The device will be launched globally on 3rd of December and that’s a notable date. It’s the day that the original PlayStation launched in 1994.

It’s no surprise that Sony is getting into the “Classic” category of plug-and-play mini retro consoles. Nintendo is currently dominating the market, and overall, sales of plug-and-play consoles are up 400% year to date in the US. With Nintendo leading the way with its NES and SNES Classic devices, Sony wants a piece of the category.

In addition to a standard mini-PlayStation, buyers will also get two classic PS1 controllers for games that support local multiplayer when they purchase the bundle. We don’t yet have a full list of games, but Sony’s press release confirms two other titles: Jumping Flash and Wild Arms. Sony seems to be a bit better than Nintendo when it comes to hardware supply.

But thus far, the appeal of the PlayStation Classic is definitely out there, and the system is getting the big hype on the social front.  The arrival of the PlayStation Classic reiterates the industry interest towards retro games.