PlayStation Classic Release Date, Price, Full Games List and Japanese List - Pre-Order PlayStation Classic - Everything we Know

PlayStation Classic Release Date, Price, Full Games List and Japanese List - Pre-Order PlayStation Classic - Everything we Know

Sony has followed Nintendo's lead and is releasing a mini PlayStation Classic later in 2018. Here's everything we know, including a release date, games list, price, and more. Pre-Orders are now live.

The PlayStation Classic is a case of Sony taking a page out of Nintendo's book, bringing a famed and beloved console back to life in mini form. In this PlayStation Classic everything we know guide, we'll be listing all the details we know so far about the upcoming mini console, including the PlayStation Classic release date, all 20 PlayStation Classic games we know of so far, as well as the final PlayStation Classic price and where to pre-order the PlayStation Classic. Pre-orders for the limited edition PlayStation Classic are now live, so check out the links below for all you need.

In short, the PlayStation Classic is a small retro console that comes with 20 classic PlayStation games built in. It ships with two mini original PlayStation controllers, has HDMI out to connect to modern TV sets, and will not allow additional games to be bought at a later date. Functionally, this is the same as the NES and SNES Classic consoles, where players are limited to the titles included with the systems (unless legally questionable modifications are made). Read on for a more detailed breakdown of the PlayStation Classic's features.

PlayStation Classic Release Date

On September 19, Sony revealed the PlayStation Classic for the very first time. The PlayStation Classic release date is December 3, 2018, arriving a whole 24 years after the console first released in 1994 (in Japan, at least). The PlayStation Classic will release globally on this date.

Pre-Order PlayStation Classic

Pre-Orders for the PlayStation Classic mini console aren't available everywhere yet, but we'll update this guide page with pre-order listings as they are added to various retailers in the US and the UK. Right now you can pre-order the PlayStation Classic at Amazon, Best Buy, and GAME.

What Games are Included With the PlayStation Classic? All 20 Games Revealed

What games can we expect to be playing on the PlayStation Classic this Holiday season? The announcement by Sony reveals that 20 games will be launching on the mini console later this year. All 20 PS Classic Mini games have now been revealed.

  • 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

This is a mix of the obvious (Tekken, Ridge Racer, and FF are all PlayStation staples), but with a bit of flavor, too. While Jumping Flash was a launch title for the PlayStation, its first-person platforming gameplay made it a rather divisive. New games for the PlayStation Classic should be revealed before the console launches in December. We'll update the list above with any new games that Sony reveals, between now and then.

In terms of overall quality, some of the included games are not the best. Battle Arena Toshinden wasn't a great game on its initial release, and has no doubt aged very badly, and does anyone really remember Rainbow Six on the PlayStation as a classic? The original Grand Theft Auto is a nice inclusion, but back then the series was very different to modern iterations.

It's worth noting that the PlayStation Classic in Japan has a different lineup of games. Below are two lists, the first showing games exclusive to the Japanese console and the second showing the games exclusive to all other regions.

PlayStation Classic Japanese Exclusive Games

  • Arc the Lad
  • Arc the Lad II
  • Armored Core
  • G-Darius
  • Gradius Gaiden
  • Parasite Eve
  • XI [sái]
  • SaGa Frontier

PlayStation Classic North America/PAL Region Exclusive Games

  • Cool Boarders 2
  • Destruction Derby
  • Grand Theft Auto
  • Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee
  • Rayman
  • Syphon Filter
  • Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six
  • Twisted Metal

One thing that isn't going to be an option (at least not officially) is adding new games after release. Sony's info sheet for the PlayStation Classic reveals that games can't be added to the mini console, so stop dreaming of a full-on PlayStation store.

PlayStation Classic Price

As for the price of the PlayStation Classic when it launches this December, Sony has revealed that it'll retail for $99.99. In the UK the PlayStation Classic will retail for £89.99. All units will come with two mini replicas of the original PlayStation controller. These controllers came before analogue sticks were the norm, so only feature a d-pad. Does this seem like a fair price point for the mini console? Let us know in the comments below.

PlayStation Classic Resolution and Outputs

Sony has revealed that the PlayStation Classic will have HDMI Out, for use on modern TV sets, but the resolution the system outputs out will likely be disappointing for modern TV users. The maximum output resolution of the PlayStation Classic is 720p, but also supports 480p (according to a listing on the official PlayStation Japan website.

Size and Weight of PlayStation Classic

The PlayStation Classic is a lot smaller than the original PlayStation, being approximately 80% smaller in overall volume. We've got the full dimensions of the PlayStation Classic and its weight listed just below.

  • 149 × 33 × 105 mm (width × height × depth)
  • 170 g body
  • Controller 140 g

This is a pretty small console. If you have space on your TV unit for more consoles, the PlayStation Classic should sit nicely next to your NES Classic and SNES Classic.

Does the PlayStation Classic Need a Memory Card?

The original PlayStation required users buy a Memory Card if they wanted to save their progress in games (which of course, everyone did). The PlayStation Classic has what looks like ports for memory cards, above the controller ports, but these are for show. The PlayStation Classic uses a virtual Memory Card so all progress in the included games can be saved.

That's all we know about the PlayStation Classic at this point. We'll be sure to update this page with more info as and when Sony releases it.

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Tom Orry

Audience Development Manager, Gamer Network

Tom started life on a circus in Australia before his family moved to the UK. His love of gaming started soon after, which essentially meant he bought every video game magazine available and worked numerous part-time jobs as a child in order to afford costly N64 games. He created UK site, of which he was the Editor for over a decade. He now doesn't like circuses.

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