Sony introduced the PlayStation to the world all the way back in 1994. And to celebrate its 24th birthday, the Japanese company is releasing a PlayStation Classic edition this year. The Classic edition looks identical to its forebearer and will go on sale on December 3.
Sony took the wraps off the PlayStation Classic on the eve of this year's Tokyo Game Show, scheduled to run from September 20 to September 23. The new micro-console comes packaged with 20 pre-loaded games, which includes Final Fantasy VII, Jumping Flash, Ridge Racer Type 4, Tekken 3, and Wild Arms. All of the pre-loaded games will be playable in their original format. The system will, however, not officially support additional downloaded games.
The PlayStation Classic is apparently 45% smaller in size, and 80% smaller in terms of overall volume compared to the original console. It has all the same pads and looks, though there's no actual disk reader under that hood, and the shrunken memory card slots won't function either. And obviously, the pads haven’t had the size reduction as that would have been rather painful to play with.
In addition to two classic PlayStation pads, you will also get an HDMI-out for video and a micro-USB for power. There's also the "reset" button which will now function as a "suspend" to save the games in progress.
Sony has not yet confirmed what hardware it'll slap inside the Classic shell, neither did it revealed the full list on 20 supported games. However, it did indicate that the final list of the games may vary from region to region, possibly based on popularity. And long-time fans will, for sure, appreciate the nostalgia that comes with rediscovering the games they know and love.
The PlayStation Classic edition will go on sale on December 3, the same date Sony released the original PlayStation in Japan in 1994. It comes with a modest price tag of $99. The USB power supply is sold separately though.