Published: Wed, September 19, 2018
Electronics | By Shannon Stone

Sony unveils the PlayStation Classic mini console - Hardware

Sony unveils the PlayStation Classic mini console - Hardware

To celebrate the 24 birthday of the PlayStation console, Sony is releasing a PlayStation Classic edition on December 3. In the United States, the PlayStation Classic will come at a retail price of $99.99, with a release date of December 3-that's the original Japanese release date of the PlayStation. It's the day that the original PlayStation launched in 1994.

'The mini console is approximately 45% smaller than the original PlayStation, and it emulates the original's look and feel by featuring similar controllers and packaging. The odd thing about it is that you use said USB cable to power the console, but it doesn't come with its own USB AC adapter. The system costs $100 United States dollars, $130 CAD, and 9,980 yen.

You'll also have two original (pre DualShock) controllers in the box.

Sony has been looking to capitalise on its back catalogue of consoles and games for some time, especially after Nintendo had so much success with the NES Classic Mini and SNES Classic Mini.

Despite huge advances in video-game technology, retro gaming continues to be popular with nostalgic fans who perhaps don't have the time or energy to plough 100 hours into the latest blockbusting open-world adventure.

The design of the miniature console resembles the original, including the button layout, two included controllers, and outer package. The power and reset buttons work as described but the open/eject button doesn't pop up a mini-CD/DVD lid, it just allows you to swap "virtual discs".

With Gamecube being a beloved fan-favorite console just like the PlayStation, it would come as no surprise if Nintendo chose to bring the console back like the NES and SNES.

Sony has announced five games so far.

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