PlayStation Classic

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PlayStation Classic
PlayStation Classic logo.jpg
Developer Sony Interactive Entertainment
Type Dedicated console
Release date 3 December 2018
Retail availability 2018 – current
Introductory price US$99.99
C$129.99
99.99
¥9,980
£89.99
A$149.99
449
Media Internal flash memory
System-on-chip used MediaTek 8167a, Quad-Core ARM Cortex-A35
Memory GB of DDR3 RAM
Storage 16 GB ECC Flash
Graphics Power VR GE8300
Controller input 2 controller ports
Dimensions 149 mm × 33 mm × 105 mm (5.9 in × 1.3 in × 4.1 in)

The PlayStation Classic is a dedicated video game console by Sony Interactive Entertainment that emulates games originally released on its 1994 PlayStation console. It was announced in September 2018 at the Tokyo Game Show, and released on December 3, 2018, the 24th anniversary of the release of the original.[1] The console is compared to competitor Nintendo's prior releases of the NES and Super NES Classic Edition mini consoles.[2]

Specifications

The PlayStation Classic ships with two replica PlayStation Controllers (the original model, which are without analog sticks), an HDMI cable, and a USB Micro-A to standard USB-A cable. An AC adapter for the console is sold separately.[3][1] The console weighs about 170 grams (0.37 lb) and is about 149 mm × 33 mm × 105 mm (5.9 in × 1.3 in × 4.1 in) in size, approximately 80% smaller in volume than the original PlayStation and 45% smaller in width and length. It includes ports for both controllers, HDMI output, and power via USB.[4] The controller's cords measure approximately 1.5 metres (4.9 ft) long.[5] It cannot use PlayStation memory cards.[6] Internally, the console uses a MediaTek 8167a Quad A35 system on a chip with four central processing cores clocked at @ 1.3 GHz and a Power VR GE8300 graphics processing unit. It includes 16 GB of ECC flash storage and 1 GB of DDR3 memory.[7]

The Classic uses the ReARMed branch of the free and open source emulator PCSX to play its games.[8]

Games

The PlayStation Classic comes preloaded with 20 games, running off the open source emulator, PCSX ReARMed.[9] Five games were revealed when the console was announced,[10] and the full roster was revealed a month later.[11][12] Some games vary between regions. The device does not interface with the PlayStation Network, and games will not be added post-launch.[13] Each game can be suspended in a save state by pressing the console's "reset" button.[13] Nine games use the PAL release (favored in most European countries) regardless of the console's release platform, which means they run at a slower framerate of 50 Hz as opposed to the NTSC standard of 60 Hz (favored in North American, Japan, and additional Asian countries), and may respond slower than players from NTSC regions would expect.[14][15]

The North American version of the dedicated console received a Mature rating from the ESRB due to the inclusion of Grand Theft Auto, Metal Gear Solid and the director's cut of Resident Evil.[16]

Common to all regions[11][12] NA/PAL/Korea/Southeast Asia exclusive[11] Japan/Taiwan/Hong Kong exclusive[12][17]
  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i These games use the PAL releases.
  2. ^ The Japanese console uses the western version of Final Fantasy VII, titled Final Fantasy VII International.
  3. ^ Resident Evil: Director's Cut was titled Bio Hazard: Director's Cut in Japan.
  4. ^ Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo was titled Super Puzzle Fighter II X in Japan.

Release

Reception
Review scores
Publication Score
GamesRadar+ 3.5/5 stars[22]
IGN 5.5/10[23]

Critical reception

Tristan Ogilive of IGN gave it 5.5 rating out 10. He criticised the console's lack of popular titles like Tomb Raider and Crash Bandicoot, the basic user-interface and pointing out that "almost half of the games included in the PlayStation Classic's library are the PAL versions" which caused consistency problems in NTSC regions.[24] Sam Loveridge of GamesRadar+ rated the system 3.5 out of 5 stars, praising the look of the console, but criticized the selection of games, the weak presentation of the games due to the black bars on the side of the screen, and the short length of the controller cables.[25]

John Linneman of Eurogamer's Digital Foundry also gave it a similarly mixed review, noting the console's subpar emulation, poor image quality, lack of enhancements and use of PAL game releases on North American units, though he did praise the user interface.[26] Chris Carter of Destructoid shares a similar opinion, citing that the emulation on the classic console is at times, "worse than the original", but praised the instant-state recovery and the size of the internal storage.[27] Joe Juba of GameInformer lamented on the lack of analog sticks on the controller, along with the lacking selection of titles and a barebones menu, which makes the system a good fit only for an "extremely specific audience".[28]

Sales

The PlayStation Classic had sold 120,000 units during its first week in Japan.[29]

References

  1. ^ a b Machkovech, Sam (September 19, 2018). "Sony joins the classic-console fray with $99 PlayStation Classic on Dec. 3". Ars Technica. Retrieved September 19, 2018.
  2. ^ Craddock, Ryan (September 19, 2018). "Sony Responds To Nintendo's Success With Its Very Own PlayStation Classic Mini Console". Nintendo Life. Retrieved September 25, 2018.
  3. ^ Lieu, Johnny (September 19, 2018). "PlayStation Classic is Sony's new throwback games console". Mashable. Retrieved September 19, 2018.
  4. ^ Cryer, Hirun; Orry, Tom (September 21, 2018). "PlayStation Classic Release Date, Games, Price, Size, Weight, Resolution - Pre-Order PlayStation Classic - Everything we Know". USgamer. Retrieved September 21, 2018.
  5. ^ Carter, Chris (September 20, 2018). "No, the PlayStation Classic cords aren't really that short: here's their exact length". Destructoid. Retrieved September 20, 2018.
  6. ^ "小さくなった「プレイステーション」に懐かしの20作品内蔵。「プレイステーション クラシック」12月3日発売" [Built 20 pieces nostalgic for the smaller PlayStation. "PlayStation Classic" released on December 3] (in Japanese). PlayStation Blog Japan. September 19, 2018. Retrieved September 19, 2018.
  7. ^ "NREVIEW Sony PlayStation Classic (+ TEARDOWN)". HDblog. November 27, 2017. Retrieved November 27, 2017.
  8. ^ "Sony using open source emulator for PlayStation Classic plug-and-play". November 9, 2018. Retrieved December 4, 2018.
  9. ^ Kohler, Chris (November 8, 2018). "PlayStation Classic Plays Fine, But It's A Bare-Bones Experience". Kotaku. Retrieved November 8, 2018.
  10. ^ Statt, Nick (September 19, 2018). "Sony is launching a PlayStation Classic console this December loaded with 20 games". The Verge. Retrieved September 19, 2018.
  11. ^ a b c "Announcing PlayStation Classic's Full Lineup of 20 Games". PlayStation.Blog.
  12. ^ a b c "「プレイステーション クラシック」内蔵ソフトウェア全20本発表! 注目ポイントも解説! | PlayStation.Blog". 「プレイステーション クラシック」内蔵ソフトウェア全20本発表! 注目ポイントも解説! | PlayStation.Blog (in Japanese).
  13. ^ a b Dornbush, Jonathon (September 21, 2018). "PlayStation Classic Will Not See Post-Launch Games, Has No PSN Functionality". IGN. Retrieved 2018-09-23.
  14. ^ Glagowski, Peter (November 26, 2018). "Nine games on the PlayStation Classic will be PAL versions". Destructoid. Retrieved November 26, 2018.
  15. ^ Kuchera, Ben (December 3, 2018). "The PlayStation Classic's emulation is even worse than we thought". Polygon. Retrieved December 3, 2018.
  16. ^ "PlayStation Classic". PlayStation. Retrieved 2018-10-29.
  17. ^ McCarthy, Caty (October 29, 2018). "Japan's PlayStation Classic Full Game Lineup Is A Lot Better Than Ours". USGamer. Retrieved October 29, 2018.
  18. ^ Loveridge, Sam (November 25, 2018). "PlayStation Classic review: "A strange mix of joy and disappointment"". GamesRadar+. Retrieved December 5, 2018.
  19. ^ Odilive, Tristan (November 27, 2018). "PlayStation Classic Review". IGN. Retrieved December 5, 2018.
  20. ^ "Playstation Classic Review — IGN". November 27, 2018. Retrieved November 27, 2018.
  21. ^ Loveridge 2018-11-27PS4, Sam. "PlayStation Classic review:". gamesradar. Retrieved 2018-12-05.
  22. ^ "PlayStation Classic review: the games are great but the emulation is really poor". December 2, 2018. Retrieved December 3, 2018.
  23. ^ "Review: PlayStation Classic". destructoid. Retrieved 2018-12-05.
  24. ^ Juba, Joe. "PlayStation Classic Review – Repeating The Past". Game Informer. Retrieved 2018-12-05.
  25. ^ Valentine, Rebekah (2018-12-14). "PlayStation Classic sells 120k in Japan". Gameindustry.biz. Gamer Network. Archived from the original on 2018-12-14. Retrieved 2018-12-16.

External links

  • Official website
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