Seriously, Sony? You’re not even trying to hide the fact that you’re just straight up copying at this point. When the PlayStation Move controller was announced, everyone said it was a Nintendo Wii knockoff. When they showed off PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale, it was clearly “inspired” by Super Smash Bros. Well, here we go again with the PlayStation Classic. It’s exactly what you think it is.

Yup. Just as Nintendo has the NES Classic and the SNES Classic, Sony is cashing in on nostalgia with the PlayStation Classic. Except, of course, the first PlayStation (PS1) isn’t quite as retro as the NES or SNES.

For parity, Nintendo has to be working on a Nintendo 64 Classic too, right? Because the N64 is in the same console “generation” as the original PlayStation. Even so, it feels like Sony isn’t even trying to do something a little different here, nabbing the “Classic” vernacular and putting together a pint-sized retro machine.

Just like the NES Classic and SNES Classic, the PlayStation Classic will also come preloaded with a number of “the best titles from a game-changing era.” There will be 20 of them in there in total, and the PlayStation Classic itself is about 45% smaller than the 1994 original.

The full list of pre-installed titles has not yet been announced, but they have mentioned:

  • Final Fantasy VII
  • TEKKEN 3
  • R4: Ridge Racer Type 4
  • Jumping Flash!
  • Wild Arms

What games do you think should round out the classic collection?

The console connects to your TV via the provided HDMI cable and draws power via what appears to be microUSB. There’s a “virtual memory card” for game saves and, unlike Nintendo’s mini consoles, the PlayStation Classic comes with two wired controllers. Let’s just hope those cables are longer than what came with the NES Classic.

The Sony PlayStation Classic is up for pre-order now and it’ll start shipping on December 3. Pricing is set at $99 US and $129 Canadian. Curiously, “a compatible USB AC adaptor” is “required to use this console,” but it’s not included. I mean, most of us have wall chargers of some sort, but still. In any case, you’ll need an AC adaptor with 5V, 1.0A USB (Type A) output.

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