Sony Announces Throwback to the Original PlayStation


Kareem Tabbara, Staff Writer

Sony announced the new PlayStation Classic, which is a throwback to the original PlayStation (PS1) which was released on December 3, 1994, in Japan.

The PlayStation Classic will release on the same day, December 3, exactly 23 years after the PS1. It will come with 20 pre-installed games, including popular titles like Tekken 3, Final Fantasy VII, Resident Evil, Crash Bandicoot, Metal Gear Solid, Tomb Raider, and many more PS1 exclusives.

Sony has announced that each region will see a different set of games. The region exclusives will be games with a cult-esque following, like Motor Toon Grand Prix, which will be a Japanese exclusive title. However, most fan favorites will be on all consoles, like Tekken 3 or Final Fantasy VII.

According to Sony, the CD-ROM port is only for aesthetic purposes and will not be functional, so you can’t play your personal PS1 games. A CD-ROM port is essentially the contraption where you insert your disks in. They have also stated that players will not be able to download games via PlayStation store. All games will save through virtual memory “cards” and there will be a physical reset button on the console itself if you want to reset a game.

It will be almost half as small than the original PS1 and will come with two functional controllers however, consumers will have to buy an AC adapter, separate from the bundle if your TV does not have USB or HDMI ports.

It will be priced at $99.99 on release, however, the price may be subject to change. The console can be pre-ordered through Amazon, GameStop, Newegg, Best Buy, and a few other major retailers and will arrive just in time for Christmas or other special holidays during the winter.

The throwback console has seen tremendous hype world-wide from the young and older demographic alike. Players in their thirties are excited to be able to play some of their favorites like Spyro the Dragon, while most kids will, finally be able to experience the console that pioneered in-house game systems and made consoles an important part of history.

Players are excited to see Sony take inspiration from Nintendo and finally release the console that paved the way for PlayStation to become a gaming giant. It’s clear to say that the PlayStation Classic will be on most kids wish list and at the affordable price of $99.99, their wishes may come true.