If you missed the 1990s, then you might have missed Sony’s PlayStation game console. This holiday season you can enjoy the retro PlayStation Classic that lets players enjoy those memorable games and completely transition from those basic A/V cords into the high-definition digital age! At only $100 ($129.99 in some stores), the PlayStation Classic is certainly a better price than a brand new PlayStation PS One console.

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This mini-console version of the 1994 original PlayStation console (about 45% smaller) will include two controllers (same size as the original console) and an HDMI™ cable and port. A USB cable is provided, but there are no USB ports, so use a separate USB AC adapter for smart devices (5V/1.0 amp/5W or higher). Memory saves are in the hardware using the “virtual memory.”

Here are the 20 pre-loaded games to be included with this new version of the PlayStation game console (those classic discs won’t work on this updated console):

  • Battle Arena Toshinden
  • Cool Boarders 2
  • Destruction Derby
  • Final Fantasy VII
  • Grand Theft Auto
  • Intelligent Qube
  • Jumping Flash
  • Metal Gear Solid
  • Mr. Driller
  • Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee
  • Rayman
  • Resident Evil Director’s Cut
  • Revelations: Persona
  • Ridge Racer Type 4
  • Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo
  • Syphon Filter
  • Tekken 3
  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six
  • Twisted Metal
  • Wild Arms

Maybe we’ll see a peripheral/accessory to allow PlayStation discs to play through this console, but it’s doubtful.  I still have a few original PlayStation consoles that play those discs just fine, but the ever-changing hardware make this holiday offering an affordable and understandable update instead of a complete money grab that tries to coax users into re-buying their entire game library. Visit PlayStation.com for more information.

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~ Michael Siebenaler