PlayStation Classic

Out of the blue, Sony has revealed the brand new PlayStation Classic - a mini console variant that works in exactly the same way as Nintendo's very own NES and SNES Classic consoles.

Yes, just like Nintendo's new creations, this tiny PSone-inspired machine takes the form of the original model, but at 45% the size of the system that launched back in 1995. It has 20 games pre-installed in the machine, including Final Fantasy VII, Jumping Flash, R4 Ridge Racer Type 4, Tekken 3, and Wild Arms, and will have two controllers bundled into its box. This game tally and controller count is much closer to Nintendo's SNES Mini, presumably learning (via Nintendo's experimentation) that having two controllers in the box pleases fans a great deal more than only having one.

It also comes with an HDMI cable, a USB cable to power it up, and the original buttons on the system act in new, useful ways - again just like how the NES Mini's reset button would take you back to the home menu. In this case, the PlayStation's 'Open' button switches between games, while its 'Reset' has the familiar task of suspending play. Here's a video of the thing in action.

It's interesting to see Sony launch a product that is clearly aiming to succeed in the exact same areas as Nintendo's recent machines, with the 'Mini' console concept starting to become a well-understood - and almost expected - thing. Of course, we've also seen that a Sega Mega Drive Mini is in the works, too.

Sony's new mini console launches on 3rd December for £89.99 / €99.99 / $99.99 - so slightly more expensive than Nintendo's offerings have been.

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