Sony Announces Launch of Retro Video Game Console ‘Playstation Classic’ in December

Sony’s next video game console is going… back in time!

The electronics giant announced early Wednesday it will sell the PlayStation Classic, a miniature version of its first PlayStation console, on Dec. 3.

Instead of requiring discs to play games, the PS Classic will come pre-loaded with 20 retro games, including Final Fantasy VII and Tekken 3. The device will sell for $99.99.

The Classic looks exactly like the original PlayStation, which launched in 1994, only the Classic is about 45 percent smaller. It was a huge hit for Sony, becoming the first home video game console to ship 100 million units worldwide.

Sony is looking to replicate Nintendo’s success with this new launch. Recall 2016 where Nintendo launched the NES Classic. The miniature replica of the 1985 console Nintendo Entertainment System quickly sold out in stores, with some consumers posting eBay listings for the $60 device with prices ranging between $200 and $500.

In April 2017 however, despite its popularity, Nintendo discontinued sales of the NES Classic, but announced in May plans to bring it back. Last fall, Nintendo launched a similar retro device featuring the Super Nintendo Entertainment System, called the Super NES Classic.

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