PlayStation Classic: Sony to release mini console pre-loaded with 20 retro games

PlayStation Classic: Sony to release mini console pre-loaded with 20 retro games
According to Sony, the PlayStation Classic is 45 per cent smaller than the original console. (Photo: Sony)

Sony is following in Nintendo’s footsteps and bringing back its original PlayStation console, almost 25 years after its initial release.

According to the Japanese electronics giant, the PlayStation Classic is a micro version of the original console’s design, and will come with 20 pre-loaded games.

The PlayStation Classic will be released in ‘limited’ quantities on December 3 – and will cost just £89.99.

Pre-loaded games

Much like Nintendo’s recent retro consoles, the PlayStation Classic comes pre-loaded with 20 “genre-defining” titles.

The full list of pre-loaded games is still to be released, but Sony did reveal that Final Fantasy 7, Jumping Flash, Ridge Racer Type 4, Tekken 3 and Wild Arms will definitely be included.

Gamers who buy the console will also receive two classic PS1 controllers for games with multiplayer modes.

Smaller in size

The PlayStation Classic is claimed to be 45 per cent smaller in size than the original PlayStation, and will feature an HDMI interface to deliver a high-quality gaming experience.

“The mini console is approximately 45 per cent smaller than the original PlayStation, and it emulates the original’s look and feel by featuring similar controllers and packaging”, Sony confirmed in a statement.

“Long-time fans will appreciate the nostalgia that comes with rediscovering the games they know and love, while gamers who might be new to the platform can enjoy the groundbreaking PlayStation console experience that started it all.

“All of the pre-loaded games will be playable in their original format”.

Back to the future

The PlayStation Classic joins the ranks of miniature retro reworkings, such as Nintendo’s NES and SNES Classic Minis and the C64 Mini.

It is rumoured that Nintendo is now planning an N64 Classic Mini, featuring much-loved games like Super Mario 64, Mario Kart 64 and Super Smash Bros.