September 19, 2018
Sony Interactive Entertainment on Sept. 19 announced plans to bring back the original PlayStation video game console, launched nearly 25 years ago, “in a new miniaturized version,” according to a blog post by Eric Lempel, SVP of PlayStation worldwide marketing.
The console, due Dec. 3 at a suggested retail price of $99.99, will come pre-loaded with 20 classic titles, including Final Fantasy VII, Jumping Flash, Ridge Racer Type 4, Tekken 3, and Wild Arms.
The mini console, Lempel writes is approximately 45% smaller than the original PlayStation, “and it emulates the original’s look and feel by featuring similar controllers and packaging. Long-time fans will appreciate the nostalgia that comes with rediscovering the games they know and love, while gamers who might be new to the platform can enjoy the groundbreaking PlayStation console experience that started it all. All of the pre-loaded games will be playable in their original format.”
Unlike the original, each unit will come with an HDMI cable so players can connect the device to their TVs. The console also will come up with a USB cable and two controllers for local multiplayer within compatible titles.
The original PlayStation video gaming system was released on Dec. 3, 1994. It went on to become the first video game console to ship 100 million units.
Its successor, the PlayStation 2, was released in 2000, followed by the PlayStation 3 in 2006 and the PlayStation 4 in 2013.