Last night while everyone was sleeping, Sony pulled a fast one and announced a rival to the Nintendo nostalgia machines, in the form of a PlayStation Classic. Equipped with 20 games, this tiny reminder of the 90’s is a great package for fans who will be looking for it in groves this upcoming holiday season. Sony announced this at around 2 AMEastern Time, via a cool little video and a full look into the box, which will be on sale December 3rd, 2018. PlayStation released the following statement on it’s blog today, introducing the new machine:
“Almost 25 years ago, the original PlayStation was introduced to the world. Developed by Sony Computer Entertainment, it was the first home console in video game history to ship 100 million units worldwide, offering consumers a chance to play games with real-time 3D rendered graphics in their homes for the first time.
Today, we are excited to announce that we are bringing back the original PlayStation experience in a new miniaturized version – PlayStation Classic! The console will come pre-loaded with 20 classic titles, including fan-favorites such as Final Fantasy VII, Jumping Flash, Ridge Racer Type 4, Tekken 3, and Wild Arms.”
Timing is kind of suspect of both the announcement and the release date of the PlayStation Classic, as last night Nintendo pushed out its brand new online service, with a virtual NES system for free for those who signed up for the new service. This and the release date for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate on December 7th, feels like a power move by Sony to stay relevant this upcoming holiday season. With only 5 games announced, there is some speculation as to what will make the cut for the other 15 games will be, creating all kinds of buzz in the gaming community.
The PlayStation Classic will be out on December 3rd, for $99.99 and is available for pre-order at both Best Buy and GameStop. Be sure to check out more PlayStation news, as the holiday season approaches!