Sony PlayStation Classic
Minaturised version of the PlayStation console to released to celebrate the original machine's 25th Anniversary.
The box, console and controllers match the original exactly, but in a much smaller scale.
The Nintendo Mini series of consoles had been a huge success, and it was only logical that other companies would follow suit.
The Nintendo Mini games systems, were full of classic games, with a few extra features, such as being able to save the game at any point, and offering all the games at the original 60hz speed.
This is where the PlayStation Classic fell down slightly, firstly many of the meagre 20 games were in the slower PAL format, and secondly, not many of the games were hugely well known, and were not what the public were expecting. There was no original Ridge Racer games, no Wipeout, no Tomb Raider, and more puzzling, not many games characters that you would expect to see on a Playstation machine such as Crash, Spiro or any of the Gran Turismo games.
The machine did prove relatively easy to crack, so these games could be added later, but the relative high cost of the machine at £99.99 and poor lineup meant the machine did not sell well at retail, and a few months after launch it could be found in online stores for as little as £15.99.
Manufacturer: Sony Corporation
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