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Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 20 October 2018

Playstation Classic: Sony brings out mini version of original console

A mini retro version of the 1994 console will have users reminiscing about days spent at Abu Dhabi's Hamed Centre

The Classic is a mini version of the best-selling 1994 original and will come with 20 pre-loaded games. Courtesy Playstation
The Classic is a mini version of the best-selling 1994 original and will come with 20 pre-loaded games. Courtesy Playstation

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 Playstation Classic is about half the size of the original and will come pre-loaded with 20 games from different genres.

Some of the classic titles include:

  • Final Fantasy VII
  • Tekken 3
  • Ridge Racer Type 4

The mini console will also come with two wired controllers that you can enjoy getting in a tangle, as well as an HDMI cable. Weirdly, the power cable is being sold separately.

The release date is currently set for December 3, with pre-orders available in the US and Canada at US$99.99, but regional availability will be announced soon.

After the success of Nintendo’s NES classic and SNES classic, we will be keeping an eye out for UAE release dates.

Older UAE gamers will be thrilled at this announcement, and it will probably take them back to the days of going to places like Hamed Centre and Jumbo Electronics to buy their Playstation discs and accessories.

Playstation following in Nintendo’s footsteps isn’t unfamiliar, as gaming historians know, the foundation of the original console was due to a failed venture between Nintendo and Sony to develop a disc based gaming system called the Nintendo Playstation.

A failed venture that gave us a giant of gaming - and now youngsters can marvel in all its 32-bit glory.