Nintendo has been absolutely killing the video game console market over the past couple of years thanks to its Switch, mini NES Classic Edition, and mini SNES Classic Edition three-punch combo.
Having seen just how big the classic console pie is, Sony has decided to toss its spoon into the ring by announcing the upcoming release of its own mini classic console called the – wait for it – PlayStation Classic.
Blatantly and unashamedly ripping off Nintendo’s idea of re-releasing an old console to capitalise on the gaming community’s penchant for wistful nostalgia, the Sony’s upcoming PlayStation Classic is a basically a mini version of its mega-popular PS1 gaming system.
The thing comes with 20 games preloaded – which includes Final Fantasy VII, Tekken 3, Wild Arms, Ridge Racer Type 4, and Jumping Flash – as well as two classic PS1 controllers because who doesn’t miss the days of no joysticks and tripping over cables.
But as much as it sounds like I’m ragging on Sony for copying Nintendo’s idea – which I kinda am – I also really want one of these PlayStation Classics.
For all the dumb gripes I have about video game companies copying each other, it’s something that’s been happening for decades and it’s almost weird when copying doesn’t happen. Plus, with the very real risk of our favourite retro video games disappearing forever, it’s great that Sony are re-releasing its back catalogue of games for everyone to enjoy.
The PlayStation Classic will be released on December 3 and will retail at about $150, which means Santa Claus’ bag is going to be filled with these things.
Having said all that, if Metal Gear Solid isn’t one of the 20 games on the console, I will bloody riot.