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.
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.
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.