PlayStation Classic Announced and Why It Will Fail

It’s going to be the 25th anniversary of the PlayStation 1. Released back on December 3rd, 1994, it was the first home console to sell over 100 million units. It had incredibly popular games, especially JRPGs and pushed the boundary for disc gaming. Following Nintendo’s and NeoGeo’s shoe, PlayStation is releasing their Classic System. It will have 20 games including Final Fantasy VIIJumping FlashRidge Racer Type 4Tekken 3, and Wild Arms.

It will release in the US and Canada for $99.99 USD (MSRP) / $129.99 CAN (MSRP) on December 3, 2018. It’ll have two controllers and everything below.

PlayStation Classic

Why it will Fail

Unlike Nintendo, PlayStation releases their games for the PlayStation Store. Many of their past games can be purchased while Nintendo seems to shut down their online store with every new main console generation. If you can already acquire these games, why would you want to buy another console? Final Fantasy VII has an up-rezed version for PlayStation 4 and PC which makes only the original a nostalgic factor (Which Sony is aiming to capitalize on)

Another reason it may fail is the controller. While the original PS1 had no dual sticks, the addition was welcomed for the next controller. The PlayStation D-pad isn’t the best and having one option is disappointing. Unless Sony and PlayStation plan to release PlayStation Classic with games that don’t use the dual sticks, I can see players annoyed.

Lastly, the cost is relatively high. $100 for a classic seems absurdly high. The SNES and NES classic are cheaper. The other classics have rarer games for a cheaper price which makes the PlayStation Classic less appealing.

Are you buying a PlayStation Classic?




Author: blitzen34

Hello, my name is Benjamin Le. I am an avid gamer whose passion resides in Marketing for the Video Game Industry. This site is for people to read about gaming news and how the industry works. Please feel free to reach out to me at for any questions.

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