PlayStation Classic: The (Miniature) Ultimate FAQ

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PlayStation Classic: The (Miniature) Ultimate FAQ

Let's unbox PlayStation Classic... and answer all those burning questions you've been asking.

PlayStation Classic launches December 3 for $99.99 ($129.99 CAD)! As you probably could have guessed, we’re big fans. So, we did a little digging around PlayStation HQ to find answers to some commonly asked questions about our new mini-console. Think of this as an Ultimate FAQ — just… smaller.

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Q: What is PlayStation Classic?

PlayStation Classic is a new mini-console, built to celebrate the rich heritage of the original PlayStation. It has been designed to closely resemble the design of the original console in a much smaller form factor, and is preloaded with 20 games from a wide variety of genres. It includes two wired controllers, and will be available December 3, 2018 for $99.99 ($129.99 CAD).

Q: How big is PlayStation Classic? How much does it weigh?

PlayStation Classic measures 5.8″ x 1.3″ x 4.1″, which is a 45% reduction in size from the original console. The footprint of the mini-console is smaller than a PS4 game case. PlayStation Classic weighs approximately 6.0 ounces, and each controller weighs approximately 4.9 ounces.

Q: Which games are pre-loaded on PlayStation Classic?

  • 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
  • R4 Ridge Racer Type 4
  • Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo
  • Syphon Filter
  • Tekken 3*
  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six*
  • Twisted Metal
  • Wild Arms​

*Denotes a title based on the PAL version

Q: Which PlayStation Classic games support two-player multiplayer?

The following titles support two-player multiplayer:

  • Battle Arena Toshinden
  • Cool Boarders 2
  • Destruction Derby
  • Intelligent Qube
  • Mr. Driller
  • Ridge Racer Type 4
  • Super Puzzle Fighter 2 Turbo
  • Tekken 3
  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six
  • Twisted Metal

Q: How long are the cables for the system and its controllers?

The included HDMI cable is 2.0m / 78.7″; both included controllers have cables measuring 1.5m / 59.1″.

Q: Which cables can I use to connect the console to my TV?

PlayStation Classic ships with an included HDMI cable, which you can use to connect the system to your television. It does not support any other video or audio output methods.

Q: Can I use DualShock 4 with PlayStation Classic? How about PS2 or original PS1 controllers?

PlayStation Classic is only compatible with official PlayStation Classic controllers.

Q: How do disc changes work?

In games that originally shipped on multiple discs, like Final Fantasy VII and Metal Gear Solid, when you reach the end of a “disc,” press the “Open” button on the PlayStation Classic console to transition to the next virtual disc.

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Q: How do memory cards / save states work?

Each title can support up to 15 virtual memory card slots, which you can manage from the console’s main UI. Just like the original PlayStation, once you delete a save file it fades away and cannot be recovered.

Additionally, pressing the Reset button on the PlayStation Classic console will bring you back out to the system’s main UI, creating a restore point wherever you left off in the game you were playing. Next time you play that game, you can return to the Restore point you had created before.

PlayStation Classic user interface

Q: Can I use the System Link feature to link more than one PlayStation Classic together?

System Link functionality is not present in PlayStation Classic. You can, however, make use of split-screen multiplayer in supported games.

Q: What does the user interface of PlayStation Classic look like?

Like this:

PlayStation Classic user interface

Q: What kind of power source can you use with PlayStation Classic? Can I use my phone charger?
Use the included USB cable to connect PlayStation Classic to a USB power source that supports 5V, 1.0A (minimum) output, such as a USB AC adaptor (not included).

Q: Can I connect to PSN to download new games to PlayStation Classic?

PlayStation Classic is a plug and play offline experience, and as such cannot connect to the internet. There are no plans to bring new content or updates to PlayStation Classic post-launch.

Q: Can I buy extra games for the PlayStation Classic?

The PS Classic is preloaded with 20 of the best games from the original PlayStation. It is not possible to purchase additional games for PlayStation Classic.

Q: Can the PS Classic read discs from the old PS1?

The PS Classic is 45% smaller than the original PlayStation and does not have a disc drive. All 20 titles are contained in the PS Classic’s internal storage.

Q: How closely does the design of PlayStation Classic match the original PlayStation?

Pretty darned closely. Judge for yourself:

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Will the PS Classic include the original startup sound?

Yes. Once you switch your PS Classic on, you will hear the iconic startup sound.

Raise your hand if you can hear this gif

Where can I buy PS Classic?

The PS Classic will be available at major game retailers starting December 3.

Will the PS Classic perform upscaling?

The PS Classic outputs video in 720p or 480p — your display device may also perform some upscaling depending on the model.

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