Sometime late last year, I decided to waste a fair bit of money and buy a PlayStation 1 and roughly 20 games for it. I used to have one back in the day but sadly, it vanished without a trace.

I had such overwhelmingly fond memories of playing the Tarzan game dusk til dawn that I was left without a choice, and ended up forking out £150 for all of the equipment.

Don’t play your heroes. I know it sounds obvious, but the PlayStation 1 really isn’t as good as the PlayStation 4. The games are startlingly basic and the controls aren’t near intuitive enough. I found myself getting ridiculously frustrated because I’d have to press the jump button about a second before I wanted kid Tarzan to jump over an angry baboon.

Still, it looks really cool and I can’t say I completely regret it. It’s fun to break out when you have friends over and there’s nothing wrong with a bit of FIFA 99 from time to time.

With that in mind, Sony have decided to follow Nintendo’s example, and re-release a mini remake of their original console. Where Nintendo have the SNES Classic, Sony have the PlayStation Classic.

Oohh pre-analogue stick controllers.

The new PlayStation classic comes fitted with a HDMI slot and whilst you can’t play PlayStation games you already own on it, the disk-eject button is cleverly re-purposed to change between the pre-loaded games.

It will come with 20 games pre-loaded onto it, including the likes of Final Fantasy VII, Tekken 3, Ridge Racer Type 4, Jumping Flash, and Wild Arms. A full list has not yet been made public, but all they need to do is include Crash Bandicoot and Spyro and then I’m happy.

The PlayStation Classic is due for release on the 3rd of December – celebrating the 25th anniversary of PlayStation – and will no doubt be a pretty popular Christmas gift, although it looks like it may have competition as rumour of a Nintendo 64 Classic a constantly circling.

In the US, the console is expected to be worth $99. I doubt they’ll adhere to the exchange rate for the pounds and simply charge £99 over here.

Do I buy one of these? I shouldn’t… but they’ve probably sorted the lag out.


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