Sony PlayStation Classic dropped to half the price of most retailers just weeks after its release – and that's a perfect illustration of its failure. In recent years, video game developers and publishers have expanded their libraries to produce a variety of remasters and remakes, and console manufacturers have now taken this trend to the next level. Instead of recreating each and every game, they have begun to sell "classic" versions of old systems. It all started with Nintendo from Nintendo in 2016, which immediately became a huge success.
Since then, Nintendo has released the Super NES Classic in 2017, and in 2018 has released the NES Classic with many more people believing (and possibly hoping) that the company will release a N64 Classic in the near future. But they are no longer the only ones who use nostalgia for these old consoles. Atari is currently building the Atari VCS, a Linux-based console based on the Atari 2600 design, but designed to support modern games. While this system is still under development, Sony announced and released PlayStation Classic in the fall of this year.
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The price of its hardware is $ 99.99. The PlayStation Classic was released on December 3rd. 2018 – on the occasion of the 24th anniversary of the release of the original PlayStation console in Japan in 1994 – and while it sold pretty well in Japan right away, the PlayStation Classic was not equally successful in other countries. And now, at Christmas, Sony dropped the price of the PlayStation Classic by almost half (with some retailers currently $ 60), just weeks after its first release.
Where the PlayStation Classic went wrong
Sony's PlayStation Classic failed & # 39; I've been great, but the lack of "classic" games, the price, and the poor use of a popular and free emulator have ultimately led to the medium-heavy sales outside of Japan. First of all, the PlayStation Classic was a third of the price of a brand new PlayStation 4 ($ 299); Considering that the NES and Super NES classics were cheaper and contained games that people were always looking forward to, the PlayStation Classic price seems to be a turnaround for potential buyers.
As for the games, the PlayStation Classic was bundled with 20 games. Great, right? Not really. These 20 games included titles like Destruction Derby, Revelations: Persona and Twisted Metal. Of course there were Final Fantasy VII, Metal Gear Solid and Resident Evil, but what about WipeOut, Spyro and even Tomb Raider? Many of the games that would associate people with the original PlayStation have been left out of the PlayStation Classic. Although not only Sony's fault, the fact that they released the PlayStation Classic with such a barren cast has contributed to the negative reception of the console.
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