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PlayStation Classic: Sony brings back iconic console in tiny form

Everything old is small again?

Following hot(ish) on the heels of Nintendo’s wildly successful NES Classic and Super NES Classic Editions – which were reboots of their retro home-gaming devices shrunk down to miniature form – Sony has unveiled the PlayStation Classic.

This console promises to be just about identical to the original PlayStation released in 1994, complete with “the same logo, button layout and packaging” but with the added addition (perhaps that should be subtraction) of being 45 per cent smaller!

Also taken away is the vast array of wires required to hook your PlayStation up to your rear-projection box of a TV, thanks to the “how the hell did we ever get by without this” HDMI cord conveniently packed into the box.

You’ll also get a pair of wired controllers (maybe wireless gaming would make things a little too 21st Century) as well as a virtual memory card. Based on the above video, and common sense, we’ll hazard a guess that the controllers are standard size, not 45 per cent smaller.

And, apparently just because fine print is too fun to pass up, “A compatible USB AC adaptor (not included) is required to use this console”.

Sure, it looks cute held in a person’s hand, exactly the way Nintendo presented their teeny-tiny console offerings, but who really cares about the hardware? We’re here to re-live our childhood gaming days.

Classic SNES and PS Classic console in hand

Brilliant marketing Sony – did you use the same hand model?

To that end, the PlayStation Classic comes with 20 pre-loaded games, with Final Fantasy VII, TEKKEN 3, Ridge Racer Type 4, Jumping Flash! and Wild Arms all announced so far. You can flick between each “virtual disc” by pressing the console’s open button.

The PlayStation Classic will be available from December 3 (just in time for Christmas, what are the odds!) with a price tag of $149.99.

Fingers crossed we see Nintendo announce the N64 Classic and start a repeat of the Christmas console clashes of the mid-90s.

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