Value for Money - 70%
Quality - 72%
Look/Feel - 75%
Extra's/Features - 74%
Going back to where it all started the PlayStation one or PSOne, this is where the PlayStation Classic hails from. It is designed to take players back to the PlayStation roots.
A latest trend is old/retro consoles being re-released into the market in smaller forms and some newer technology, we have seen this with Sega, Nintendo and now PlayStation. It is a very cool idea and offers a lot of nostalgia appeal but there are some warnings.
The first one that comes to mind is, do you want to spoil those magical memories with something that now will feel outdated and simple? Then the thoughts come charging in like, what is new? Can I download games? Can I play online? These are all the questions you will ask yourself when looking at the retro consoles.
For the PlayStation classic I did an unboxing video which you can check out below. The unit looks very cute in its miniature form. It is compact and a simple design with the look of the classic PlayStation One console. The console comes with an HDMI cable, a USB cable and two Controllers that connect via USB. There is no power supply included in the box but you can use any cell phone charger to power the console. This was done to improve mobility and who doesn’t have an extra cell phone charger lying around?
Now to get to some of the questions above. The console comes with 20 games on from Grand Theft Auto to Final Fantasy VII, Metal Gear Solid, Tekken 3 and Resident Evil Director’s Cut to name a few. They range from games you can play solo or with a friend and they cover all major genres. There is no online option or no option to get more games. This is a bit sad as I think they could’ve added an online maybe to purchase other classics. The games look and play exactly like they did on the PlayStation One with no new features or looks, it is as if you are playing on an emulator. The menu is laid out quite nicely with it looking like an old room with your CRT TV and bookshelf full of games. There are some options you can set and some creative saving you can do.
Sony missed some opportunities in my eyes, like making the controllers wireless, adding an online store, and upscaling some of the games’ graphics. These features would make the classic console even more appealing than just a retro console. There is a rumour that you can unlock more games with the console through a hack but I haven’t confirmed it.
I enjoyed playing on the classic console and it was cool to relive some of the glory day moments, but I can’t help but feel that the missed opportunities could’ve made it so much better. The console comes with a hefty price of about R1800 which will put some people off. It is a good console comparing it to the other retro consoles out there but it will only appeal to the retro collector as it is now.
Looks like the old console
Some cool games
What’s Included in the Box?
PlayStation Classic Console
2x Wired USB Controllers