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The PlayStation Classic is the Retro Console We Needed Least

Travis West

Posted on September 21, 2018 11:25

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With so many ways to play classic PS1 games already available, we really don't need the PlayStation Classic ... but we'll all probably still buy it.

Nintendo brought retro gaming into the mainstream with its NES Classic and SNES Classic game systems, and other gaming companies have been clamoring to grab a piece of the cash cow that nostalgia gaming has become.

Most of these attempts have been low-quality cash grabs, but people are still buying them. Even the Atari VCS, which has yet to even explain what it does, has raised over $3,000,000 on Indigogo.

So it should surprise no one that Sony is releasing an adorable, rad-as-heck mini PlayStation console to satisfy our 90's nostalgia cravings.

But we really don't need it.

Why not? Because you can already play just about every great PS1 game on a wide variety of devices. You can buy 212 different PS1 games from the PlayStation Store right now; these digital games are playable on a PSP, a PlayStation Vita, a PlayStation TV or a PlayStation 3 console.

And if you still have your old PS1 disks, you can just stick them in your PS2 or PS3, both of which natively play almost all PS1 games. So if you wanted to play any classic PS1 games before now, you've likely never been prevented from doing so by lack of availability.

Still think you need a PlayStation Classic? Here's 3 more reasons why you don't.

Reason 1: It has vanilla PS1 controllers, not Dual Shock controllers, which means games like Metal Gear Solid (a PS1 classic if ever there was one) will have to be played without analog control MGS's innovative use of the Dual Shock's rumble feature (NOT the way the game was meant to be played).

In fact, Ape Escape (another classic that would almost undoubtedly have been included otherwise) literally can't be played at all without the Dual Shock's twin analog sticks.

 

 

Reason 2: PS1 games look awful. I'm sorry, but they do. Lacking the still-popular 2D aesthetic of the 8 and 16-bit eras, but predating the impressive fidelity of the PS2 era, PS1 games just plain look bad.

Jumping Flash: Ugly AF
Gorgeous.

 

 

Reason 3: The PlayStation Classic is $20 more expensive than an SNES classic and $40 more expensive than an NES Classic. The tech inside the PlayStation Classic is certainly more costly to produce than the NES and SNES mini consoles, but a hundred bucks is still going to make it a hard-to-swallow price point this Christmas, with Nintendo offering two options that have more brand recognition and a lower price tag.

 

Conclusion:

Oh, I'm definitely still going to buy one.

Why? Because nostalgia + adorable = $$$! I'm the exact type of sucker they are targeting with this stupid thing because I have legitimately fond memories of playing those ugly, ugly games, and now I'll have a slick new way to experience them, even if the games themselves are functionally the same as they ever were.

You know, you can't put a price on nostalgia, but if you could... $99.99 sounds about right.

 

 

Travis West

Posted on September 21, 2018 11:25

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