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Get your retro gaming on this holiday.
Another year, another beloved video game console from a previous generation returning in mini form. The great news is that this time around it’s the original PlayStation loaded with classic PS1 games. This time around, it’s born anew as the palm-sized PlayStation Classic. Similar to the NES Classic and SNES Classic, the mini console will let you play some of Sony’s best games of yesteryear.
Like most other retro consoles, this miniature PS1 console is likely to come in limited quantities and be a hot seller this holiday season. You’ll want to make sure you know exactly where to look and how to nab your own PlayStation Classic.
PlayStation Classic: PS1 Console
PlayStation Classic games
Like other retro consoles, the PlayStation Classic won’t let you play just anything. It comes with a selection of 20 games:
Metal Gear Solid
Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee
Battle Arena Toshinden
Cool Boarders 2
Final Fantasy VII
Grand Theft Auto
Resident Evil (Director’s Cut)
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six
Ridge Racer Type 4
Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo
There are a few great picks on there (Final Fantasy VII, Metal Gear Solid, and Twisted Metal are classics), but there are a few downright confusing clunkers. Cool Boarders 2 and Intelligent Qube haven’t exactly remained household names, and the omission of anything related to Spyro, Crash Bandicoot, or Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater is a crime.
The PlayStation Classic comes with two full-sized wired controllers. Keep in mind these are the original PS1 controllers (no joysticks, just directional buttons), and that Sony hasn’t said whether it will release Dualshock versions later. You’ll also get an HDMI cable and a USB cable, but no AC adapter.
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PlayStation Classic release date
The original PlayStation Classic made its debut December 3, 1994. You’re looking at an appropriately merry 24th-anniversary release date of December 3, 2018 for the PlayStation Classic. By setting the new PS1 release date for just after Black Friday and just in time for holiday shoppers means pre-ordering is likely your best bet. Unless, of course, you’re looking to throw fisticuffs for the last PlayStation Classic at Wal-Mart.
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PlayStation Classic Pre-Order: Where to buy the PS1 Classic
History has shown that retro consoles go fast, and companies like to make just enough to squeak by. You’ll want to make sure that you pre-order a PlayStation Classic instead of hoping to find one on a shelf. Here’s every available store you can purchase one from.
It looks like each retailer should only charge you when the product ships, and pre-orders can be canceled at any time, but remember that that could change.
Editor’s note: this article is regularly updated for relevance.
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Joseph Knoop is a gaming writer for Daily Dot, a native Chicagoan, and a slave to all things Overwatch. He co-founded the college geek culture outlet ByteBSU, then interned at Game Informer, and now writes for a bunch websites his parents have never heard of.