Sony becomes the latest publisher to announce a miniature console
Even more news this month, including Sony announcing the Playstation Classic
nintendo’s range of mini systems have proven to be extremely popular with fans, so it’s perhaps not surprising that other companies have been looking at releasing their own versions. We’ve already mentioned Sega’s mini Mega Drive (which has recently had a rethink and no longer features the involvement of Atgames) while SNK has its miniature arcade variant stuffed with Neo-geo gems, which is on sale now. Sony is the latest to enter the market, having revealed its Playstation Classic. It has also been quite close-lipped about its new project, with very little information about the machine available as we went to press.
What we do know is that the machine is due on sale from 3 December and that it is retailing at £90. The device will feature two controllers and will be roughly 45 per cent smaller than the original. It also features a built-in virtual memory card, which will allow you to save games on the fly like the other mini consoles, which are currently available. HDMI support is also included, meaning it is designed to run on modern televisions.
As with any miniature gaming device, it’s the games themselves which are typically the biggest drawer, and so far Sony has revealed five: Final Fantasy
VII, Tekken 3, Jumping Flash!, Wild Arms and R4 Ridge Racer Type 4. There are still 15 games to be announced, so we’re hoping obvious big hitters like Tomb Raider, Crash Bandicoot, Gran Turismo and Metal Gear Solid make the final cut, if they haven’t been revealed by the time you read this.
Sony’s 32-bit debut console was a game-changer on its release, helping to usher in 3D gaming and showcasing that titles could be far more expansive and immersive than they were during the 8-bit and 16-bit generations. It will be interesting to not only see the final list of planned games, but how the titles themselves will hold up once we finally get our hands on the machine. More news when we get it.
With the Playstation Mini, Sony is targeting gamers with a nostalgic affection for its original console.
[Playstation] It’s no surprise to learn that Final Fantasy VII is one of the first games announced.
[Playstation] Jumping Flash! is great fun, so we're pleased to see it as one of the included games.