Sony copies Nintendo with PlayStation Classic mini gaming console

Sony copies Nintendo with PlayStation Classic mini gaming console

Sony copies Nintendo with PlayStation Classic mini gaming console

The PlayStation Classic will be launching on the 3rd of December, just in time for Christmas.

Sony surprised fans and retro gamers on Wednesday by launching the Playstation Classic, a miniature version of the company's first console, which debuted in 1994.

The Classic is considerably smaller than the original PlayStation (approximately 45 percent smaller, in fact), while the color-way remains the same. Sony's PlayStation Classic is available for pre-order at select retailers across the US and Canada at $99.99 USA and $129.99 Canadian.

A full list of games will be announced in the near future, including more "favorites", according to a news release.

PlayStation Classic mini retro console is launching in time for Christmas

While Nintendo could already be working on a classic version of the N-64, it was Sony's turn to unveil a remake console. The original PlayStation was a turning point for the games industry, and by the time it was discontinued in 2006, it had sold more than 100 million units worldwide. In the United Kingdom the console can be pre-ordered from Amazon, GAME, and ShopTo. There's no AC adaptor, which means you'll have to use the USB-C cable for power. Most PlayStation games were created to work without them (sorry, "Ape Escape" fans, but without them it won't come to PlayStation Classic), so the list of titles that could round out the Classic's game library is long.

Also included in the package are an HDMI cable and a USB cable. It's a ideal pick-up-and-play game for the Classic, but due licensing issues, it's highly unlikely that either game appears on the system.

In the U.S. the PlayStation Classic can be pre-ordered from BestBuy.

The console will support local multiplayer games for games that support it. Players can fight against each other in Tekken 3 for instance. Now it's set to make a return (in a fashion) with the announcement of the PlayStation Classic. It follows the immensely popular NES Classic and SNES Classic, both of which were big hits for rival Nintendo.

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