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PlayStation Classic: Entire lineup of pre-loaded games revealed by Sony

The likes of Metal Gear Solid and Rayman will be included in the price of the console

In the wake of the PlayStation Classic’s official unveiling in September, Sony has officially announced the full list of 20 games that will come pre-loaded on the console when it launches in the US and Canada on 3 December.

For those who simply don’t have the time in the day to watch the YouTube video, here’s the full lowdown:

  • 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

The list makes good reading for anyone looking for a nostalgia hit. In addition to previously announced games such as Final Fantasy VII and Tekken 3, you’ll find iconic titles such as Grand Theft Auto, Metal Gear Solid and Rayman.

Having said that, Sony has found it predictably difficult to please everyone. A quick scroll through the YouTube video’s comment section and you’ll find users lamenting the lack of Silent Hill, Tomb Raider, Gran Turismo and more.

Notable omissions aside, the PlayStation Classic should live up to its name with games like those listed. We’re looking forward to seeing what else the Japanese tech giant can come up with.

In the meantime, here’s everything else we know about the upcoming PlayStation Classic.

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PlayStation Classic: Everything you need to know

The PlayStation Classic was officially announced in September by Sony via its YouTube channel. The new console is essentially a re-release of its 1994 bestseller, with upgraded 2018 hardware to make for an improved – but more limited – gaming experience.

The move didn’t come as a great surprise, what with Nintendo releasing well-received NES and SNES reboots over the last couple of years. In a similar vein to its long-standing rival, Sony hopes that the PlayStation Classic will bring retro gaming into the modern era, and be a collector’s item for any avid gamer.

The original PlayStation was a major success, confirming Sony’s position as the daddy of the console industry. It was the first gaming system to ship over 100 million units, easily outstripping the sales of the rival Nintendo 64 (of which we are yet to see a reboot).

The updated console mimics the design of the original, but is 45% smaller. It will feature an HDMI output, two replica controllers and physical buttons just like those found on the 1994 version.

Twenty games will be included in the price of the initial release. Final Fantasy VII, Jumping Flash, Ridge Racer Type 4, Tekken 3 and Wild Arms were included in the original trailer, with the remaining fifteen revealed on 29 October.

The price of this nostalgic gaming trip? £90.

This raises the question: will anyone actually want to buy the PlayStation Classic?

At the time of writing, the original PlayStation can be purchased for just £23. The actual games themselves, however, are not so affordable. A quick check on Amazon shows that Spyro, Crash Bandicoot and Rayman will cost you upwards of £20 each.

These days, you could also pick up a PSP, PS Vita or PSTV on the cheap and play a whole plethora of PS1 games that are downloadable from the online store, without the niggly wires and buttons found on the original console.

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So there are other options, but the PlayStation Classic still definitely has the potential to be a success story. Nintendo’s Classic Mini NES sold out just weeks after its release, with some units from third-party sellers going for as much as £1,000 at one stage.

If Sony can continue to add to a solid library of fan-favourite games, whilst manufacturing a practical console that maintains a retro gaming feel, it could just have a gem on its hands.

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