The Throwback of the Year

Brandon Collins/Staff Reporter

Roughly 24 years ago, the PlayStation gaming console was introduced to the world. Developed and sold by Sony Computer Entertainment, it was the first home console in video game history to ship over 100 million units around the globe, offering gamers a chance to play games with real-time 3D rendered graphics in their homes.  

Now, after a plethora of positive reviews of competitor Nintendo’s NES and Super NES Classic Edition mini consoles, Sony Interactive Entertainment announced that they would be releasing their throwback console, the PlayStation Classic in December of this year, which is the 24th anniversary of the release date of the original PlayStation. The PlayStation classic will emulate games initially released on the original PlayStation console.  

The PlayStation Classic is coming preloaded with 20 classic PlayStation games. Five of the games being released with the console were announced the same day as the console, which was Final Fantasy VII, Jumping Flash, Ridge Racer Type 3, Tekken 3, and Wild Arms. This announcement was received well both by critics and Sony gamers, which only continued to increase when Sony released the titles of the other 15 games on Oct. 30. Major games such as Grand Theft Auto, Metal Gear Solid, and Resident Evil Director’s Cut are some of the games coming pre-installed on the console.  

The PlayStation Classic console is roughly 45% smaller than the original PlayStation, and it will emulate the original’s look and feel by coming with both similar controllers and packaging. Long-time Sony fans will be able to appreciate the nostalgia that comes with rediscovering the games that they both know and love, while gamers who are newer to the platform can enjoy the wonderful PlayStation console experience that started it all. All of the pre-loaded games coming preinstalled on the console will be playable in their original format.  

Each unit will come with an HDMI cable to connect the console to their TVs, a USB cable, and two original PlayStation controllers that can be used for local multiplayer within the compatible titles. The console is set to release on Dec. 3, 2018, and will be available for purchase from retailers for $99.99. Players can visit PlayStation’s website for more details and a complete lineup of games coming pre-installed.  

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