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Sony - PlayStation Classic Console

Model: 3003868SKU: 6301601

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Rating 3.6 out of 5 stars with 1408 reviews

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  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    It pains me to admit it...

    Posted
    Insomniak1
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    I was so looking forward to the release of the PlayStation Classic that, against my better judgement (I hardly do pre-orders) I ordered as soon as it was available. Then, the leaked and released information came out and I started to worry. However, I continued to have faith that Sony would deliver a gaming experience I was hoping for. Well, the day came and I sadly have to admit that the rumors and reports were true. This is one of the poorest conceptions that Sony has ever implemented. Upon opening the box, the "look" of the console is cute and gives it a "collector's items" sort of feel, which is nice. However, the feeling soon wears out as I noticed that it did not come with a power pack. Just a micro-USB cable and the HDMI cable. So I ended up using a spare phone charger (make sure it is the right voltage). I fired up the console hoping to see a great UI. Unfortunately, it is bare and lackluster. There are no bells or whistles. There are few options (no catscan lines or resolutions, or disk speed, etc.) OK... At least I have the games. I was then even more disappointed by the lineup. Everyone's got favorites they'd like to see, but mostly everyone agrees that it was less than expected. I personally wished they'd included titles such as Parappa the Rapper, Crash Bandicoot (the original mascot!), and Spyro… Well, I immediately went to start my favorite games of the bunch -Metal Gear Solid. Oh boy, to my horror it looked terrible on my 50" 4k TV. Much blockier than I remember. Also, this game works best with vibration so using the "original controller took something away from the experience I remember... Yes, I know that the original res and polygon count was much, much lower, but there was absolutely no effort in making it any better. Even the PSP and VITA did a much better job! I even tried it on a smaller 32" 1080p screen. I then played other favorites such as Tekken 3 and Ridge Racer Type 4. Even more horrifying was that they move oh-so-slow! This is because they decided to use Europe's PAL instead of NTSC, lowering the frequency and therefore affecting the "speed" of the game. There's also no chance of updating the firmware or line up (maybe by way of USB, but that's wishful thinking) I really cannot recommend this console at $99.99 at all. If it ever goes below $30USD, maybe I would recommend it, but only as a nostalgia item. Sorry to be so tough on it, but Sony did deserve it this time...

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Garbage time

    Posted
    Kyle
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    Almost half the line up is the PAL version instead of the NTSC version for North America. This means that there will be a NOTICEABLE input lag on almost half the games. The colors on the games are all muted and don't pop at all. The interface is going for a retro PS1 memory card menu look, but the design is lazy and the developers could have done much better. Two controllers are included (which is nice) but they are not dual shock and a few games I feel would benefit from having the two motion sticks. The line up of games isn't a good representation of the true gems that are on the console. Not convinced of this? Just look at the NES and SNES classic; these two consoles had games on it that were the top sellers on the system. There is no AC adapter included, and in today's age of technology and electronics is unacceptable. Save your hard earned money and buy a used PS3/PS2 console to play PS1 games of your choosing, use an emulator or just buy a PS1 console. Lazy effort by Sony on this one. Pass on this

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Could have been better

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    ChrisCo88
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    Playstation classic is fun but disappointing for a few reasons. Reason number one is the lack of legendary games such as Crash Bandicoot, Tomb Raider, and Gran Turismo. But there are some pretty good ones such as Grand Theft Auto, Intelligence Qube, Tekken 3, and Twisted Metal. Another reason is the ridiculous cable length, which isn't as appalling as the cable for the NES classic, but still annoying and makes the console hard to play on a couch with a big screen TV. Hasn't Sony heard of Bluetooth? Also why are most of the games European versions? And why no AC adapter? I love the small design of the console, if only the disc tray was able to be opened. While there are annoyances, there is some enjoyment you can get out of the console. The games are still pretty good even if some of them are irrelevant to the legacy of the PS1. I am fine with the lack of analog sticks, as they make the controller look like the original Dualshock, and is not really a annoyance like the wires. (They could have at least made the wires longer, geez) What my point is, if you are not a big PS fan, or have the original PS1, then stay away as far as possible. If you are willing to accept the faults of the console, you might find some enjoyment out of it like I did, even though some of the cons kinda annoy me to this day. You can't deny the game are exciting and fun anyway. I can understand why this console is getting so much hate though, Sony could have made this amazing or at least make the games available for PS4, but they choose to make an very imperfect console instead.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Sony PlayStation Classic

    Posted
    Chocobo
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    The first thing I noticed was how much thought only put into the packaging. Sony presented this system as its own console with traditional two box packaging (internal box and outer display box) with exposed serial number. Complete with an instruction manual, necessary cables (HDMI and Power) and two controllers, I felt as if I was really unboxing a quality, independent console. The hardware is simple, impressive and makes sense. The two included Sony USB controllers are of quality. The console itself is very small and light. Set up was fast and simple. Sony created this console with a user dashboard which makes game selection and setting up your internal memory cards easy. I believe that the included games will either make or break this purchase for the individual buyer. For me personally this purchase was worth it due to the fact that I think that metal gear solid, final fantasy 7, Tekken 3, Syphon Filter and resident evil were some of the greatest games of this generation. Sure it would’ve been nice if Resident Evil 2, Mortal Kombat 4, Grand Turismo and Digimon World and Armored Core were included, but that’s just me. Best Buy had slashed the price of these consoles to $40 each. I bought two.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Not worth $30

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    IronCapo
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    I can't believe Sony originally wanted $100 for this thing, the games just run really bad, there is no other way to describe it. I understand these are late 90's 3D graphics which I can deal with but the games just generally run slower and the controls appear to have input lag. I know there is a big mod scene with this system that makes it much better but some of us just want the system to work well out of the box without having to invest additional time into it. Also not packaging the system with a USB adapter is inexcusable, I tried plugging it into the USB port on my TV and Cable Box and still couldn't get it to power on, an iPhone charging block finally did the trick. That being said the system itself is built well, the controllers also feel solid even if they're lacking the analog sticks. In the end I'll keep it because it looks neat on my shelf and $30 isn't that much but if I ever want to play the games on it I'll need to look elsewhere.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Rushed out the door to back on nostalgia

    Posted
    da1writer
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    As a PlayStation owner of all their devices, the Classic was going to be an awesome addition, maybe even replace my original PS1 - sadly it was rushed out the door in a very poor state. While the SNES Classic and NES Classic were not completely perfect, they worked well enough for all to enjoy with features a plenty and a library that defined the platform - the PS1 Classic was the complete opposite. With a selection of games that were only half good on the PS1 Classic, too many factors brought even those in question. Some PS1 titles were European versions that run badly and the emulation used for all titles made everything run even worse. The features available are lackluster and the only thing that saves this device is the hacking community but the initial purchase price is too much right now. $100, no. $60, no. $20 - $40 - it's the only time you should even contemplate picking this up. I returned mine after watching Digital Foundry's video review and other PS1 Classic reviews - this device is just not up to snuff and rushed to market to meet Christmas buyers not aware.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Don't do it.

    Posted
    VltKpr
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    Just as everybody else has said, the PlayStation Classic is a joke. I played it for about 30 minutes and promptly did a factory reset and return to the store after seeing how terrible the emulation on some of the games were. For $100, Sony should have included Dual Analog controllers at the minimum and put actual NTSC/U games on the console. They must have gone with the PAL versions to keep the frame rates from skipping too much because of hardware limitations. The game selection is also pretty lame and does not capture the true entertainment potential of the system. Sony would be much better off if they introduced a budget console next year to allow for PS1, PS2, PSP, and Vita emulation with a store where you could buy the games you want and include some greatest hits in the box to get you started.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    One of the worst micro consoles ever

    Posted
    REDDEAD2
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    This thing is giving me flash backs to the Neo Geo X that came out a few years ago. People keep complaining about the games list when really that is not the worst of its problems. The emulation of these games is so bad its pretty shocking. Sony should have hired M2 to lead this project to get some decent results. The games have slow down and the sound is out of sync, they also put a blur filter over everything so it looks terrible.(NO OPTIONS IN THE MENU TO FIX THIS!) If you still have a PS2 just use that as it looks and sounds 100% better than this package. Do not buy this unless you are a collector and don't plan to use it. With Sony censoring games and putting out sloppy cash ins on our nostalgia, they sure are having a incredible end of the year for Playstation fans.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Worth the new price

    Posted
    mazdaboi
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    I originally pre-ordered this system, never opened it, watched the initial reviews and honestly returned it (unopened) seeing the price was going to drop eventually. Its a 3 star product at $99. The recent price drop to $59 is why I gave it a 4 star. now onto the device, super happy with the platform, its OPEN system OS allows for expansion and already people have hacked the system to play games off a USB. Out of the box, this is great for kids and a flash back on when the PS was a big hit. I already have the NES and SNES that I play with my kids, this one will be re-purchased at the lower price point to enjoy with the kids and my child hood games. reason for no 5 stars is lack of AC plug (not that we need it, plenty of us all have them, or plug the USB into side of TV like I do with NES and SNES, but still include the $5 item), and there are numerous games not included in the release of the system. (Crash bandicoot, Gran Turismo, Parappa the Rapper, etc) I wanted more games on it. overall I think its a solid 3.5/5 stars. Recommend for anyone who wants a flashback game night, something for the kids to play with/family game night, or a game collector.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Nostalgia Impulse

    Posted
    Trev
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    Bought this mostly to add to my gaming collection and because of the nostalgia of the original system. The quality of the system feels perfectly fine, and the controllers feel like the usual Sony quality. I knew the game selection wasnt great going in, but half of these Ill never even start once, they should have added better quality games. While the hardware seems solid, the software emulation feels very slow and lazily implemented. Hopefully some aftermarket tweaks will make this niche system what it should have been. For the $100 price tag, I can't recommend anyone buy this for anything other than a collectable item.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Nice little classic console

    Posted
    Nick
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    I knew what I was getting into when buying it. We all knew the game line up, we all knew it wasn't going to have rumble or analog sticks so no-one can complain about that if they bought it (you can easily see that from the box art). Overall they did a great job on making it look like a mini (though I do find myself wanting to open the cd lid at times). I was happy with the game line up about 60% of the games I like are there (you are just not going please everyone 100% of the time). I knew of the DS controller not having joysticks, but I never knew how "hard" it is to play these older games without it. Yet like I said I knew it didn't have it going into it. Only 2 issues I have with it was I felt Twisted Metal had some latency issues with the controls (or it could have just been not what I remembered) Also it didn't come with a power adapter. You spend $100 and they couldn't include a $1 adapter (though it stated that on the box)? I gave it 4 stars because it was what I expected and the games ran perfectly except for TM (I think). Nothing really surprised me out of the box or upset me that I didn't already know before buying it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Oh really fool

    Posted
    JSon
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    I'm glad I got this " Playstation thing" for a lower price. It is not very good at all. This does not bode well with me. The games lag, the soundtracks lag, the controllers are a joke. If you stretch the screen on the TV you get a odd over lap effect once in a while. I know there is not much that can be done graphic wise. There are much better options to play these games. Requiring the original game, a PS1 or PS2 with a certain HDMI converter (that came out a few months ago) works WAY better. Also the PS3 is good too, even if the game is downloaded. Best Buy should carry a converter as such... I feel Sony wants to kill retro gaming by putting this out. I hope they do not bother with a PS2 classic. Perhaps just perhaps they will make it up in the near future with a fully backwards compatible system...

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best $40 I spent for a Raspberry Pi Alternative

    Posted
    Will
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    Originally when I first saw the PS Classic, I was excited to see Sony stepping up to the classic console scene. Once I saw the price tag and games that were coming for it, I easily backed away. I did some research on this console and saw the potential it has in the modding scene and decided to wait for a price drop. $39.99 was the sweet spot for me and picked it up over the weekend. Once I got RetroArch and BleemSync working on it, I was able to upload additional PS1 games and other emulators on it such as Gameboy Advanced, SNES, and Genesis. I highly recommend picking this up now as a cheap and great alternative to a Raspberry Pi 3B+. If you're not looking into modding the console, then I really can't recommend it since some of the games on the main PS Classic boot use the PAL (Europe) version, which doesn't sit well with our NTSC TVs/Monitors.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Worth the $30

    Posted
    Benrichards35
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    If it bought this at launch for the $100 I would have felt disappointed but on sale for $30 is well worth this purchase. Look and the list of games and make the decision if there is games you want to replay or like me missed the first time around and want a chance to play some PS classics. The drawbacks is the lack of USB plug that is not supplied, you get a USB cable and HDMI cable but no outlet plug so you need to use one of you own. If your anything like me you likely have one or two laying around but if not its another purchase. Another drawback is the length of controller cable. 6ft was fine back in the day when I would sit in front of a 12" inch TV (how far we have come) but in this day in age sitting that close to a 65" TV just doesn't work so some cable extenders are also a must. Despite its drawbacks I am still happy with the purchase.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Not Bad...But misses the Charm!

    Posted
    Jwillowood
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    The Playstation Classic is a decent little plug and play retro console, but it does have a few issues. For starters the game selection is decent but not perfect for every Final Fantasy VII and Super Puzzle Fighter there is a Cool Boarders game and slowed down versions of GTA (due to it being the European version of the game.). The cable to power on the system can't just plug into the TV it requires a plug, considering that the NES and SNES Classics can both work plugged into the TV it's really comes across as a let down. I would only recommend this if you can tolerate these issues and are a die hard Playstation fan.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Not Even Worth $60

    Posted
    Mike
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    This mini console is emulated by PSXe. Not only that, it's got games that are from the PAL region so you end up getting games that lag or are out of sync. Why they couldn't get the games as NTSC is beyond me. The game selection titles have more games that I wouldn't even bother touching. Buy this only if you're a collector and have to have a piece of gaming history. It's only great titles that make it the PS Classic are Tekken 3, FF7, Metal Gear Solid 1 and Resident Evil. If you're planning on doing something to the console, bear in mind it comes with 16GB all of which are basically used to load the 20 games.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Dissapointing and overpriced

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    Vacuumless
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    Horrible lag in all of the games, almost unplayable. Blur effect makes graphics look different than you might remember them. Forgot how bad the PS1 controller was compared to modern controllers with joysticks, but thats minor compared to the buyer's regret I felt after hooking this thing up and playing it. If you bought the NES classic or SNES classic at 60 and 70 dollars respectively, and don't ever play those, well... don't buy this one. Only hope left is that we all figure out a way to hack it. Positive note, if you hookup certain USB keyboards you can hit the ESC button and access hidden emulation options menus, which might help. BestBuy does not allow review edits like most other modern websites or else I would say that I will keep the review updated :\

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Flashback to the 90s

    Posted
    Kali
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    I’m a 90s kid through and through and when I saw the PlayStation Classic I was hit with a massive wave of nostalgia. I was disappointed when the reviews said it didn’t live up to the hype but when the price dropped from 100 to 60 I had no qualms about getting the system. The system itself is so little and adorable but I was disappointed there was no Crash Bandacoot or Tony Hawk Pro Skater since those were games I played religiously as a kid. I also played a lot of WWF Warzone but no one expected that to be on a classic system lol. I don’t play modern systems/games and the last video game system I owned was a GameCube so I was very rusty playing the original PlayStation but a lot was able to come back to me. Am I dissapointed with the game choices? Sure but I had fun playing Resident Evil, Ridge Racer and Final Fantasy. So far I’m really happy with this system and the nostalgic happy feels it gives me.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great for the Price

    Posted
    evenmonkeys
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    I picked this up on a whim knowing that I wasn't too terribly interested in the line-up of games. However, a few of the games are definitely on my list of favorites. Most of the people who have a negative view of this system are comparing this specific system to something else that already exists. And the issue with that is that you either have to compare it to something that you're using illegally, or you are trying to compare it to something that cost a lot more money overall. And we're not just talking a lot more money. We're talking way way more money. Purchasing this system, you're getting an insanely inexpensive gaming system with a preset library of 20 great games. Back when this was in its prime, this whole package would have cost you more than $1000. This is going to be a great solution for not just my boring nights, but my friend and family get togethers and my traveling. For $100, I am very happy.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Brings Back Memories

    Posted
    Dpnash420
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    I read a fair amount of negative reviews on the PS Classic as far as graphics and the controls go and I can understand. Since the gaming list had about 5 games I grew up with and loved and the price dropped from $100 to $80, I had to give it a shot. I've always been a Final Fantasy 7 Fan and honestly if that is all that was on here I'd say it was worth the money. The graphics and controls are all the same as I remembered. I'm primarily playing FF7 for now, but I've messed around with a few other games and found that Metal Gear Solid and Resident Evil are just as they used to be. Twisted Metal was the only game that I found to be really lagging on the controls. This was the perfect buy for me as I have a lot of history with many of these titles. If that is the case with you, then it is a must buy.

    I would recommend this to a friend