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Sony announce PlayStation Classic console pre-loaded with 20 retro games

by Ross Deason
Sony / PlayStation

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If you loved the first ever PlayStation, you’ll be excited to hear that Sony are launching a miniature version of the console that was originally released back in 1994.

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Called the PlayStation Classic, the mini console will come with a total of 20 pre-loaded retro games, including Final Fantasy VII and Tekken 3.

“Long-time fans will appreciate the nostalgia that comes with rediscovering the games they know and love, while gamers who might be new to the platform can enjoy the groundbreaking PlayStation console experience that started it all,” Sony said in a statement.

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The small device will be about 45% smaller than the original console but will look almost identical, with a few modern touches like a HDMI port.

The console comes with a price tag of $99 and even comes with two original-style controllers. Unfortunately, these controllers are so original that they don’t even feature analogue sticks, which might mean Ape Escape is off the cards as one of the games!

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The full list of games that will release with the PlayStation Classic has not been released, but Sony have confirmed Final Fantasy VII, Jumping Flash, Ridge Racer Type 4, Tekken 3 and Wild Arms.

The PlayStation Classic will be released on December 3, 2018 - the exact same date as the first 1994 release in Japan.

It is currently uncertain whether players will be able to download or purchase other games for the PlayStation Classic or if the first 20 games that it is released with will also be the last 20.

*Update* - It would appear that the 20 games that come with the Classic will be only ones available.