Imagine you’re Sony and you’ve just taken a look at the calendar, only to realise that the holiday season is incoming and you really don’t have that much on offer. At least not as far as new hardware is concerned. Yes, there are the big video game releases that are all but expected, but in terms of something physical, it seems to have slipped your mind. Panic!
Don’t sweat it. There is always an answer; you just have to give it a little thought. What hardware can you release that won’t require any additional effort in terms of technology, and can literally use something that already exists? But perhaps it just needs be tweaked a little to appear new and revolutionary.
Got it! You’ll re-release the first PlayStation, shrink it down, slap a few old games on it and call it the PlayStation classic. Problem solved, crisis averted.
Old Is New
We’re having a little fun, but upon seeing the PlayStation Classic one really can’t help but think that Sony are pushing it in terms of making old technology cool again. The device is nothing more than a shrunken down original PlayStation, keeping all of the rather astonishingly ugly design choices that were made back in the day. It’s grey, boxy, supremely ugly and looks as if it would shatter into a million pieces in the face of a stiff wind. Did we really play on things that visually unappealing just a few years ago?
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But of course, retro is about exactly all that. We’re taking a look into our past, remembering how things used to be, and having a little nostalgic laugh. The real trick is to keep in mind that although retro is fun; it can’t be pushed too far in terms of financial cost. After all, folks enjoy a little retro, but if it’s priced too high, the joke starts to wear a touch thin. So in that regard it seems like Sony have the right idea. The PlayStation Classic will cost around $85, and comes with 20 pre-loaded games.
Games Of Old
The real problem that Sony faces is the fact that most are rather self-deceived when it comes to old games. Which is to say; gamers tend to remember old games as being far better than they actually are. So just how much appeal those 20 pre-loaded games will have once buyers actually see them remains to be seen. For those of us who do remember; original PlayStation games looked less than appealing and can even be referred to as hideous to behold. The full range of games included has not yet been revealed, but Final Fantasy 7, Tekken 3, and Ridge Racer Type 4 are on the list.
Either way, predictions are that the little hardware gimmick from Sony is likely to see a fair amount of success, given how lucrative nostalgia goggles can be in the gaming world. Though chances are the little PlayStation Classic is going to find itself tucked away at the back of a cupboard before long. Or be repurposed as an expensive paperweight.