The PlayStation Classic is Sony's Answer to the NES Mini

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Sony just recently debuted their PlayStation Classic, taking a page from the nostalgic stylings of Nintendo with their mini-editions of fan favourites from the past.

Production came to a halt shortly afterwards before the company re-introducing it in June this year preloaded with 30 games and a HDMI cable. It comes with wired controllers and connections for modern TVs.

The controllers are full-size replicas of the PS1's original gamepads, not the later DualShock ones, and so don't include analog sticks or vibration. Every platform holder has been peddling their retro wares for years in new and "exciting" formats, usually in non-backward compatible form, ensuring that you need to buy five versions of the same game to play it everywhere.

Sony's original PlayStation quickly dominated the home video game market after its release in 1994, with the compact disc technology allowing for games with richer graphics.

The PlayStation Classic comes with 20 pre-loaded games, including fan favourites Final Fantasy VII, Ridge Racer Type 4, and Tekken 3. Sony announced the news in a blog post early this morning, just a few weeks shy of the revolutionary console's 23rd anniversary.

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Here are the details on when the PlayStation mini will be released and how you can get hold of one.

"Who's excited for the playstation classic?". The SNES Classic packs two gamepads and 21 games for $80. Also, the PlayStation Classic will, bafflingly, not be sold with an AC adaptor.

Sony said it will release more details in the coming months.

As it stands right now, the SNES Classic arguably gives you the best mix of quality games and hardware for its price. It looks like the PS Classic has a plastic flap which is obviously protecting something - maybe this could be an Ethernet port which enables digital PS1 titles to transfer to the console?