First, here at RETRO, we are not interested in being the “first” with news. We would rather wait and let the dust settle a bit on things like the PlayStation Classic console before throwing our hat in the ring. This is because so many pieces of information are left unknown and everyone is simply repeating what the press releases state. That is not news to us and we feel it to be a disservice to you, our friends. With that out of the way, some big developments have come to light since the PlayStation Classic was announced.
First, the games installed will be all that you can expect, officially, from the PlayStation Classic. Sony has not stated whether they have plans to offer any kind of digital distribution network for this unit, or sell game packs later to increase the number of games available.
That is one big bummer. It could mean that Sony is strictly going down the road that Nintendo paved and are not veering off the course one iota.
Second, there will not be a power adapter in the box. You will be paying $100 for the Sony PlayStation Classic but Sony is not including a power adapter. Instead, Sony has gone with a standard cell phone adapter (hope they aren’t thinking Apple iPhone is “standard”).
Yep, $100 for the device and they are skimping on a $1 AC adapter.
Next, the PlayStation Classic is reportedly 45% smaller than the original console.
This means no chance of playing original disc games that you have laying around or pick up on eBay.
Early adopters will receive two replica original PlayStation controllers. That means no Dual Shock. That means Ape Escape is not even on the list. Neither will Dual Shock re-releases, that contained some changes to the games, such as that Resident Evil Director’s Cut release.
Out of 20 games to be included we only know of five titles so far:
Final Fantasy VII
Ridge Racer Type 4
Now, the inclusion of two role-playing games already announced gives hope that we will see a more varied list of games from the PSOne library. I mean, there are several thousand games to choose from so picking just 20 is going to be rather tough (not just because of licensing deals either).
Next, what is that piece of plastic that looks like it will pop out opposite the power plug mean? It is visible briefly in the video above.
Could that be some kind of expansion option for the future? Something that might drive early adopters to get a unit “just in case”?
There are a lot of unanswered questions about the PlayStation Classic, namely what are the other 15 games that will be included?
Which games would make this unit a must buy for you if they were included? Tell us in the comments.