Sony unveils PlayStation Classic with 20 games

Martin Brinkmann
Sep 19, 2018
Updated • Oct 29, 2018

Sony, the company behind the PlayStation gaming console, unveiled a remake of the company's first console, the PlayStation Classic yesterday.

Remakes of classic game consoles are trending right now. Nintendo showed everyone how it is done with the release of the NES Classic and some time later the release of the SNES Classic. Both consoles includes 20 or so preloaded games that users could play right away. Other companies started to release classic or mini consoles or computers such as a C-64 Mini or the Atari Flashback console.

While Nintendo could already be working on a classic version of the N-64, it was Sony's turn to unveil a remake console.

Update: Sony revealed the 20 games that will be part of the Playstation Classic Bundle:

  • Battle Arena Toshinden
  • Cool Boarders 2
  • Destruction Derby
  • Final Fantasy VII
  • Grand Theft Auto
  • Intelligent Qube
  • Jumping Flash
  • Metal Gear Solid
  • Mr Driller
  • Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee
  • Rayman
  • Resident Evil Director’s Cut
  • Revelations: Persona
  • Ridge Racer Type 4
  • Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo
  • Syphon Filter
  • Tekken 3
  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six
  • Twisted Metal
  • Wild Arms

The list lacks lots of games that made the Playstation 1 a great gaming system: no Gran Turismo, no Final Fantasy Tactics, no Castlevania, no Tony Hawk's Skater, no Crash Bandicoot, no Tomb Raider, no Silent Hill..

Playstation Classic

The PlayStation Classic is a remake of the first Sony PlayStation console; arguably a console that disrupted the dominance of Nintendo and Sega which dominated 8-bit and 16-bit gaming.

The mini-console launches on December 3, 2018 and will retail for $99.99 in the United States,€99.99 in many European markets, and for 9980 Yen in Japan. Sony did not reveal how much gamers from the U.K. will have to pay. If I had to guess, it would be 99.99 British Pounds.

The console comes with two replica Sony PlayStation controllers, an HDMI cable to connect the console to a television, and a USB cable for charging. The bundle won't include an AC adapter and supports any that supports 5V, 1.0 A USB output.

Not all games that come preloaded with the system are known yet. The short "Introducing PlayStation Classic" video lists reveals only some of the included games.

Confirmed games are Final Fantasy VII, Ridge Racer Type 4, Tekken 3, Wild Arms, and Jumping Flash.

It is possible that games may vary from region to region. Nintendo did this with the releases of the NES and SNES Classic consoles. While many games were released in all regions, some were only available in some regions.

Sony could do the same for the PlayStation Classic; release more RPG games and shoot em up games in Japan, and bring those boring Sport games to Europe and the US (Note: the author does not like Sports games but loves RPGs and shoot em ups).

The console will support local multiplayer games for games that support it. Players can fight against each other in Tekken 3 for instance.

As far as games are concerned that I'd love to see included:

  • Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
  • Chrono Cross
  • Dragon Quest VII
  • Final Fantasy Tactics
  • Gran Turismo 2
  • Metal Gear Solid
  • PaRappa the Rapper
  • Parasite Eve 2
  • Policenauts
  • Silent Hill
  • Silhouette Mirage
  • Suikoden 2
  • Tenchu 2: Birth of the Stealth Assassins
  • Vagrant Story
  • Vandal Hearts

Closing Words

The PlayStation Classic will surely be a success for Sony. While I'm not too excited about the first batch of revealed games, other than Final Fantasy VII that is, I have hopes that the remaining games will include some that I'd like to play again.

Now You: What is your take on the PlayStation Classic? Which games would you like to see included?

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  1. rokudze said on May 7, 2019 at 5:55 pm

    Meh, I hope Sony did learn somethind from this fail and will put with PS2 Classic something cool.
    Look at RAWG and what people love on that platform:
    I really believe, that Sony will make right decision and we will see Max Payne, Jack and Dexter, Alone in the Dark, BloodRayne and other great games.

  2. Ray said on September 19, 2018 at 10:33 pm

    I might be interested if this is eventually jailbroken like the SNES and NES Classic.

    Otherwise, I don’t need another thing lying around my living room unused.

  3. Paul(us) said on September 19, 2018 at 3:12 pm

    Action game wise speaking,
    Loderunner for sure.
    The one and only interesting action game ever.
    Yes, I know that the graphics part of other games in 2018 is much better.
    The better experience in all aspects for me playing a game stays Loderunner.
    You can play it no for free on the web:

    Maybe Sony could think up an even better graphics version of the Loderunner game.
    Next, of all of that, maybe more not action games is a personal wish for me.

  4. Ross Presser said on September 19, 2018 at 1:44 pm

    We bought our original PlayStation (before it was branded PSOne) in 1998 or 1999, in order to play _Spyro the Dragon_ and its sequels. Later, there was some form of Tetris game we enjoyed, and I think _Bust-A-Move_ (one of the “shoot bubbles” genre). Very few other PS games were of interest to us; we’re not very dedicated gamers…

    Still have our PS and it still works and is still hooked up to the TV, but haven’t played anything in years.

  5. Pedro said on September 19, 2018 at 12:52 pm

    Please include Micro Machines!!! that was one of the funniest games to play in the Playstation.

  6. Yuliya said on September 19, 2018 at 12:21 pm

    They want to sell it with the non-analog gamepad? Are they insane? And if they do then you can kind of expect which games will definitely not make it on that console.
    Anyway, what I liked on PS1 was Tomb Raider, all from 1 to 5, though my favourite was TR3 and TR1; Resident Evil 3, Silent Hill 2, NFS Hot Pursuit, Metal Gear Solid, Mortal Kombat Trilogy, Crash Bandicoot.

    1. cuckold72 said on September 19, 2018 at 2:01 pm

      Silent Hill 2 debuted on the PlayStation 2, not ps1…

      1. Yuliya said on September 19, 2018 at 6:01 pm

        You’re right :) Why did I think it was PS1?

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