Earlier this week, Sony unveiled their latest console, the PlayStation Classic. Based on the original PlayStation, the new console is very similar in terms of design and is much smaller the first PlayStation. Alongside the announcement, Sony Interactive Entertainment senior vice president Hiroyuki Oda also stated that some games for the console will only be available in select regions.
When the PlayStation Classic launches on December 3rd, it will come pre-loaded with twenty games. Currently, we do not have the full list of announced games, but five out of the twenty titles have been named.
- Jumping Flash! – Sony Interactive Entertainment
- Wild Arms – Sony Interactive Entertainment
- R4 Ridge Racer Type 4 – Bandai Namco Entertainment
- Tekken 3 – Bandai Namco Entertainment
- Final Fantasy VII – Square Enix
Oda also mentioned that, following the launch, some games released for the PlayStation Classic will differ between Japan and the west. While no more information was given, Oda confirmed that all currently announced games will be available in all regions. This means that owners of the console will be able to enjoy all the titles listed above, including the fifteen other unannounced games that will come pre-installed.
Recently, it seems that more and more companies are beginning to produce ‘mini’ versions of their consoles. Yesterday, Sony announced that it will end production of the PS Vita in 2019 in Japan. Before Sony’s PlayStation Classic, in 2017, Nintendo launched the SNES Classic Edition, a mini version of the original console that released in 1990. With the micro-console trend growing, we might see the release of classical remakes of other consoles, such as the Nintendo 64 or the GameCube.
The PlayStation Classic launches on December 3rd in North America, Europe, and Japan. The retail price of the console is set at $99, £89, €99, and 9,980 yen in the respective regions.