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Sony be­comes the lat­est pub­lisher to an­nounce a minia­ture con­sole

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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.

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