It can be hard to remember just how revolutionary the first PlayStation was. We’ve discussed how the console grew out of a failed partnership with Nintendo, but that’s just the start of the whole wild tale. The first PlayStation sold 120 million units during its decade-long lifespan, with four of those years happening after the PS2 had come out. Sony changed the game world forever by not only challenging Nintendo but taking them to the cleaners. The PlayStation didn’t just outsell Nintendo’s N64, it buried the system by almost 100 million units. For the first time since Nintendo entered the console market, they were taken down. Along with knocking Nintendo to second, Sony’s first attempt drove Atari out of the market completely. The console landscape was forever changed.
Now, all these years later, Sony is jumping in on the “classics” market. While you could find “classics” systems at places like CVS for years, those systems always had the lamest games that came out in the 70s and 80s. It was Nintendo that brought the concept to the next level with the release of the NES Classic in 2016, followed by the SNES Classic in 2017. Both of the Nintendo classic systems have proven to be big hits – the NES Classic outsold the PS4, Switch, and Xbox One in June of this year!
Since then, the C64 was announced and will be in stores in a few weeks, and the Sega Genisis Classic has been announced. Now we’ve got the mother of all classic consoles on way with the PlayStation Classic!
Hitting stores December 3rd – just in time for Santa to get them to your house! – the PlayStation Classic will come with 20 pre-loaded games, including Final Fantasy VII, Tekken 3, and Ridge Racer Type 4. This is just wild speculation on my part, but the use of the term “pre-loaded” makes me think that the PlayStation Classic will be able to download more games.
What games are you hoping will be on the PlayStation Classic? Am I the only one hoping for Monster Rancher?!
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