It was only a matter of time. Whatever Nintendo does, Sony generally copies. In this particular case we have zero complaints as, since the release of the NES and SNES mini consoles, we have all been hoping that Sony would catch on and release a classic version of their original grey wunderkind – the PS1. Stop dreaming, as it’s now a reality and will launch on 3 December, just in time for the holidays.
The little console is going to be 45% smaller than what the original console was and will fit in the palm of your hand. It comes pre-loaded with 20 games, though we only know of the first five titles so far: Final Fantasy VII, Jumping Flash, R4 Ridge Racer Type 4, Tekken 3 and Wild Arms. The power button and green power light will function as it did on the original and the reset button will be used to suspend games. The open button works too and will be used to change the virtual discs. It comes packaged with two original PS1 controllers. In other words – it has no analogue sticks or rumble features. This also means that games that require analogue compatibility won’t be included in the list of games (like Ape Escape for example). Though, that doesn’t stop Sony from releasing additional add-on controllers at a later stage.
It’ll retail for $100, which comes in at about R1,500. With other duties and the like, we reckon you can expect it to sell for around R1,699 or so.
Get a look at the contents and packaging: