PlayStation Classic

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PlayStation Classic
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Rushing a product to cash-in on a trend is never good.
Developer: Sony Interactive Entertainment
Release Date: December 3, 2018
Competitors: Super NES Classic Edition
NES Classic Edition
Sega Genesis Mini
Generation: 8th generation


The PlayStation Classic is a micro-console released by Sony on December 3rd, 2018, It is Sony's foray into the classic micro-console market that Nintendo started.

Why It Flopped

  1. The list of games included is questionable. While some are great choices (like Final Fantasy VII, Metal Gear Solid, or Tekken 3) others are quite strange (like Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo, Cool Boarders 2 and more), then there are really stupid choices (Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six). The console lacks games that actually defined the system like Crash, Spyro, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night, (these three may be excused due to recent rereleases) Tomb Raider, Wipeout, Gran Turismo (though it may be excused due to car manufacturer licensing issues), Silent Hill, Doom, Klonoa and more.
    • It's also notable to add that they could had used the superior sequels to some games like Resident Evil 2 (most likely not added due to Resident Evil 2 Remake being released weeks later), Grand Theft Auto 2 or Twisted Metal 2.
    • The reason for the game selection to be mediocre is likely due to copyright issues with publishers owning certain franchises and as noted above, remasters of earlier titles.
    • It is also speculated that many iconic PS1 games were not included due to Sony rushing the system therefore couldn't get the licenses on time.
  2. The games, even though there are some good games, are mostly poor PAL (European/Australian) versions.
    • As a result of the above, many of the games run at 50Hz - and thereby noticeably slower - than the standard 60Hz, no matter where you buy the system (This is notable in games like Tekken 3 or the censored PAL version of Resident Evil: Director's Cut).
  3. The console uses an open-source emulator that can be downloaded by anyone for their computer instead of one made specifically for the system.
    • Sony already made a better in-house PS1 emulator that was used for downloaded PS1 games on PS3, PSP, and Vita.
  4. Poor emulation, with stuttering performance and frequent audio and visual glitches, making it far more akin to an AtGames Sega system than the NES or SNES Classic Editions.
  5. It was discovered that the system's source code has leftover assets of 36 games. These were most likely games that were intended to be in the system but were cut for unknown reasons (most likely for licensing issues or because Sony rushed the console for the holidays), although it is possible that they were merely used for testing.
  6. The games were not modified to be widescreen-compatible like the games on the SNES Classic Edition and NES Classic Edition. Instead, they retain their 4:3 CRT screen ratio and the console itself does not give you the ability to add filters to improve the visual quality of games (compared to the NES or SNES Classic Edition consoles).
  7. The controller is based on the original PS1 controller rather than the DualShock controller, meaning you have to use the rather uncomfortable D-Pad with no analog stick, and it has no rumble feature, while it's meant to make it based on the original controllers, it doesn't work well with 3D games like Resident Evil Director's Cut (which was a version with DualShock features in it).
  8. While it does come with a micro USB power cable (the same one that's used for many Android phones and tablets nowadays) it does not include an AC adapter for it.
  9. Poor build quality; YouTuber DreamcastGuy's unit died after just 3 hours.
  10. There is only one save state for each game compared to the NES and SNES classic edition's four save states per game.
  11. An incredibly small library with 20 games.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. You can access a hidden menu by connecting a compatible USB keyboard and hitting the Enter key. This allows you to change 50Hz to 60Hz and a lot more.
  2. Some of the games added in the console are great but less popular, which is a good chance for those that never played it.
  3. The controllers are USB, which makes them work for PC. They work great for PC emulation.
  4. The console can finally be hacked (it didn't take a while really), letting you add any PS1 game you want on it.
  5. Although the selected games aren't the best, there's lots of variety in them, one game from every genre.
  6. The Japanese version of the console has better games (though if you import it, you'll need to know Japanese because most of the games are Japanese.).
  7. All of the Japanese version's games are 60HZ.
  8. An unofficial adapter made by 8bitDo lets you play with wireless controllers.
  9. It can also be modded to play PSP games on it.
  10. The reset button lets you save anytime you want and you can continue from that point.

Reception

The PlayStation Classic was poorly received, due to its dreadful emulation, questionable list of games and multiple other problems. Most reviewers considered it a rush job to cash-in on the micro-console craze started by the NES Classic. It is Sony's worst-selling console, selling only 130,000 units. Even the PS Vita outsold that!

The console sold poorly and, because of this, its price was reduced in some areas shortly after the launch. It went as low as $19.99 in certain retailers (80% off the original price).

Sales of the console were so bad that a Peruvian game retailer started giving away free boxes of the console along with brand-new boxes of PlayStation 4s, while also giving away free DualShock 4 controllers with new PlayStation 4s. Naturally, lots of people chose the controller bundle instead.

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Comments


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Pinky Malinky

27 months ago
Score 5
I want to thank Crappy Games Wikia, Dominicmgm, and IGN for making me not buy the PlayStation Classic. Because as soon as I saw the games list, I was just as disappointed as I was when I watched Hey Arnold! The Jungle Movie.
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Dominicmgm

27 months ago
Score 2
Thanks! I made this when I realised there wasn't a page, and due to the massive backlash before release, I somehow forgot to make the page until today.
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CodyDBuni

27 months ago
Score 2
They literally pulled a SEGA for god sake!
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Xian Pu

27 months ago
Score 1
I actually think this is worse, since at least Sega had the excuse of not having the resources to develop a retro system in-house, and even the worst of AtGames' systems at least had a cartridge slot and most of the Sonic games. This has crappy emulation, mostly forgettable games, and no way of adding anything else.
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AkihitoZero5454

27 months ago
Score 1
Epsxe is the better alternative.
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Guitarheroexpert2015

27 months ago
Score 1
In fact, imagine if ePSXe was made into a console. It would be much better than the PlayStation Classic.
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Vauban

26 months ago
Score 1
Better use PSXfin if you don't like Epsxe.
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Luigitehplumber

27 months ago
Score 5
A good idea gone completely wrong. I'll just stick to buying PS1 games properly or using ePSXe for the rare titles.
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Cpend7

27 months ago
Score 4
I was going to get the game, until when this arrives that it wasn't received very well where it didn't have the classics like Crash Bandicoot, Spyro, MediEvil, PaRappa the Rapper and more.
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Pinky Malinky

27 months ago
Score -3
Same and agreed.
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Doulla1

27 months ago
Score 1

TBH I would still buy it, tho I'll wait for a sale or something

and I'll wait and see if it can be hacked (it seems possible)
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Vauban

27 months ago
Score 2

Now i got butthurt because of Sony's awfully butchered PSX miniconsole. I better use an PSX emulator, because it is much better than the mentioned microconsole.

A better way to avoid playing the PSX Classic is... Better own the original PSX console... Or use a PSX emulator instead...
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Vicious187

27 months ago
Score 4
Sony spent more time censoring shit then working on their damn classic console.
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Vauban

26 months ago
Score 1

That is awfully bad when Sony has gone bonkers for censorship penor shit. Damn, there is no Persona on PSX Classic, i guess you can add it by hacking it.

I'll hope they don't do butcher the PlayStation 2 into PlayStation 2 Classic!
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Vauban

26 months ago
Score 1
Actually there is Persona on PSX Classic, my mistake.
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Xxcrazyboy92xx

27 months ago
Score 1
get a ps3 buy your games buy what is good DONT buy what is CRAP
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Pinky Malinky

27 months ago
Score 1
You mean PS4?
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Vauban

26 months ago
Score 1
Or build a better PSX Classic console by your own.
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JaguarByte Productions

26 months ago
Score 1
The PS3 (I own one , not my main console anymore) is backwards compatible with the PS1 (all models , fat models with PS2 too).
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Dominicmgm

26 months ago
Score 2
Well the PS4 can't play PS1 games (which is real stupid, cause a Blu Ray drive could easily handle CDs)
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LoudHouseFan777

26 months ago
Score 1
Well well well.
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Hayden B.

26 months ago
Score 2

They just HAD to leave out some games people grew up with like Crash Bandicoot, Spyro the Dragon, etc..

And who in their right minds would think it was a good idea to leave out the DualShock controller?!!?
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LoudHouseFan777

24 months ago
Score 1
Someone pls protect this page!
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What.jpeg

15 months ago
Score 0
Sure, why not
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DNIguy64

20 months ago
Score 2
I also agree here,like, Twisted metal 1? That game is good and all, but twisted metal 2 is the best in the series! (Mext to head on and black)
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TyrannoRanger

10 months ago
Score 0
Eh, I'd just rather be using either the Raspberry Pi using the ISO files, or the Polymega using both the official and burned game discs...
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Mr Game

10 months ago
Score 0
Is it safe for me to admit that I kinda like the PS Classic?
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Ivan97Miraheze

10 months ago
Score 0

It's fine.

I'm gonna assume you've hacked it, right?
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Pacsonic9000

9 months ago
Score 0
For those that don't know which open source emulator this runs on, it runs on PCSX re-armed which I've use and runs better on PC than this. Also, what if a 3DO classic came out?
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Mr. Dready

9 months ago
Score 1
LGR made something way better than this.
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Mr Game

9 months ago
Score 0
Is it OK for me to LIKE this thing, despite how poorly-made it is?
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GrammarFixer

9 months ago
Score 0
Yes,because you can hack it and install whatever games you want
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Master Chief

4 months ago
Score 0
I'm noticing a pattern, that Playstation Smash Bros rip-off didn't have Crash, this doesn't have Crash, I feel like Sony is ignoring Crash just because it's now 3rd party when in reality Crash Bandicoot did a lot for the PS1.
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Blader07

4 months ago
Score 1
Sad for people who grew up on PS1 era, but true, because Sony not cares the Crash franchise and also, thirteen words:Crash Bandicoot comings back to Naughty Dog hands NOT WILL BE HAPPEN!
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FightFireWithFire

3 months ago
Score 0
They learnt nothing from PS3 catastrophe.
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DoubleJumpMan

one month ago
Score 0
Nintendo is the one laughing here
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ThePCGamer

15 days ago
Score 0
If we will get PlayStation 2 Classic, it better not have the exact same problems which the PlayStation Classic has

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