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Does the PlayStation Classic make sense?

Last week, Sony announced they would be releasing the PlayStation Classic, a totally (!) original homage to their debut console, almost 25 years after its initial release.

Call me paranoid, but I totally see a pattern here. My sarcasm is so thick, you can cut it with a PlayStation Move.

While I’m all for indulging in nostalgia, there’s something that doesn’t convince me about  the PlayStation Classic. Putting aside the fact that it’s a ripped off idea, it just doesn’t seem to make sense.

I can understand why people would want to buy the NES Classic and the SNES Classic. There’s something about 8-bit and 16-bit graphics that has made them almost timeless. That’s why there are so many games these days trying to emulate that very style: Shovel Knight, Dead Cells, and Super Meat Boy, to name just a few. But nobody is trying to emulate the PlayStation look. Just look at those…polygons.

Then again, nostalgia is a powerful tool that will help many gamers look past these flaws and still get them to buy the PS Classic. And I don’t blame them. When I heard the SNES Classic was available, I bought myself and df205 (aka David) one each. The SNES was the first console I ever owned, and I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to own it again, to play on an HD TV. At this point, I’m pretty sure I’ve purchased Donkey Kong Country about 5 or 6 times, in different platforms.

From Sony’s perspective, I also think this is an opportunity they couldn’t let pass. Seeing the success Nintendo has had with their two initial releases, and with rumors of an N64 version coming out, this seemed like a no-brainer.

I guess the reason I wrote this post is because I’m just not too attached to the original PlayStation because I never owned it. Maybe if I had, I’d be more excited for it. I’ll still consider it, since it’ll be my chance to catch up with a whole generation of classic games. However, I think Sony at this point is not making it easy for those on the fence because they have only announced 5 out of the 20 games that will be available, and unless there are some truly timeless classics in there, I may have to give it a pass.

Now to wait for the PlaySation Switchable and the removable Play-Cons.




eduv77 View All

I've been a gamer since the SNES days and Donkey Kong Country was the first game I ever owned.
I currently work as a management consultant, and my console of choice is the Nintendo Switch, which I carry with me during my travels.

7 thoughts on “Does the PlayStation Classic make sense? Leave a comment

  1. I just don’t get it. I can play PS One classics on my PS3 and Vita. I could even sign up for PS Now (I think they have older generation games on there), and it would all be cheaper than this. Add that they only have 20 games on there of which they have revealed only a fraction, I don’t see any reason to buy it. Plenty of great games coming out in the future, it’s time to let the past die.

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    • Totally! That’s yet another deterrent for old-school gamers to buy it simply because chance are, they already have the games. Maybe they are trying to capitalize on a younger generation that didn’t try these games back in the day and don’t have access to a PS Vita or other mediums. Then again, that sounds like a pretty niche market to go after.

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      • Depends on the games. The fact that they only have 5 announced so far is a bit puzzling to me. And one of those games you can play on just about any other platform including your smartphone. So it really depends on what other games they add to it. And the fact that the controllers have no analog sticks that tells you what games won’t be on it. That’s a deal breaker for me. So I as a consumer won’t be picking it up!

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  2. The PlayStation Classic is a fun idea that makes you feel very nostalgic about it, but I feel it needs some bigger name titles to really have a wider appeal. Still might treat myself to one though, it just looks so neat! 🙂

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