PlayStation Classic: Everything you need to know ahead of the 3rd December launch

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PlayStation Classic: Everything you need to know ahead of the 3rd December launch

19 answers detailing multiplayer games, memory card saves, game versions and more

PlayStation Classic launches 3rd December for €99.99/£89.99 (RRP)! 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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1. 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 3rd December, 2018 for €99.99/£89.99 (RRP).

2. How big is PlayStation Classic? How much does it weigh ?

PlayStation Classic measures 149mm x 33mm x 105mm, 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 170 grams, and each controller weighs approximately 140 grams.

3. 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​

These are the NTSC versions of the original releases, except the following which are the PAL versions: Battle Arena Toshinden, Cool Boarders 2, Destruction Derby, Grand Theft Auto, Jumping Flash!, Oddoworld: Abe’s Oddysee, Resident Evil Director’s Cut, Tekken 3, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six.

4. 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: 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.

5. 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″.

6. 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.

7. Can I use DualShock 4 with PlayStation Classic?

Only the included controllers are compatible with PlayStation Classic.

8. Are PS2 and PS1 controllers compatible with PS Classic?

The PS Classic is only compatible with official PS Classic controllers.

9. 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.



10. 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.

11. 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.

12. What does the interface of PlayStation Classic look like, and what options are available at a system level?

PlayStation Classic user interface
Click here for more screencaps of PS Classic’s UI

13. 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).

14. 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.

15. 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.

16. 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.

17. How closely does the design of PlayStation Classic match the original PlayStation?

Pretty darned closely. Judge for yourself:

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18. 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

19. Where can we buy PS Classic?

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

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  • Boring games AND PAL(seriously?) version of some games.. no thank you. Easy pass.

  • Waste of money in my opinion but hope those people who want to buy it get some enjoyment out of it.

  • “There are no plans to bring new content or updates to PlayStation Classic post-launch.”

    But it can be done ?

    Anyway, disappointed at some of the games selected, disappointed that 9/20 are inferior PAL versions and disappointed that they don’t seem to have put as much effort as Nintendo did with NES and SNES mini (using a free emulator and not even any filter options).

    Still keeping my preorder for next Monday though even though I’ve got a better selection of ps1 games on my vita (Sony: “what’s a Vita?”) ??‍♂️?

    • We all know it’s going to be modified, and this time round I will support it. Sony are being so pathetic with this.

  • No thank you. Just put PS1 support on the PS4 and we can pretend all silliness never happened. :P

  • Playstation Classic, great idea with terrible execution.

  • yeah that’s 20 games for 100 Euro that you could just sell as a classic collection on PS4 for 30 Euro, especially since most people will only care about half the games.

    If I were to buy that then only for the case tbh. but 100 Euro ain’t worth it.

  • “Bare minimum” seems to be the common factor in the reviews I have seen/read. Then there is the fact most of these games ever really went away.

  • Just to confirm – those PAL games, are they still playing at 50Hz with no effort made to speed them up to match the originally intended speed?

    It was bad enough that the original PAL version of Tekken 3 was slower than the arcade and NTSC versions, meaning that Europe got an inferior experience. However, to then inflict that inferior experience on the entire world twenty years later would be a whole new level of ridiculous.

    • The PAL version are still 50Hz, you can’t just force them up to 60Hz. And yes the decision for PAL over NTSC… what were they thinking…

    • If a PAL game wasn’t originally optimised you can force them to 60Hz just by playing them 20% faster than the original speed. It’s a pretty easy change for a modern emulator. The question isn’t whether it’s possible, it’s whether Sony have done it.

    • Its crazy to think that Sony would put these games out at 50hz, and inflict this on the US version too! But that is also what is making me think they are indeed making use of the emulator function that forces the game into 60hz. Using the PAL version means there are more language options, but then using the emulator for force the PAL versions into 60hz means the games play properly still. However, since forcing into 60hz doesn’t work on all games, its a mix of NTSC and PAL that they ended up using. The question, as you say, is whether Sony actually implemented this or not. I really hope they did.

      My concern is that, they are also not mentioning this in the FAQ above as it would resolve a lot of the negative concerns that people will have when they see ‘PAL version’

    • Nintendo tried to speed up PAL Virtual Console games on Wii U to 60Hz and the result was janky as heck. But they listened to the gamers and released only NTSC 60Hz games for their Classic series in all regions and everybody rejoiced.

      I don’t know what in the world Sony are thinking in deciding the use the PAL version for almost half the games, but they sure aren’t listening to the gamers.

  • Bad selection of games and a lackluster execution…4 the players indeed.

  • What a load of [DELETED] if you don’t like it don’t buy stop hating on it.

    I can’t wait?

  • So i a huge gamer and i have got this on pre order alot of people are saying just add ps1 feature to ps4 do this to the ps4 yes i would love to play my disc ps3 games on the ps4 but eaither way i own a ps3 so it doesnt make much of a difference

    But i grew up with ps1 and alot of people who are disliking the ps1 clearly never grew up with it the games was amazing and they have called it THE PLAYSTATION 1 CLASIC so why would there be online gaming when the original never

    • There is still no denying that there could have been better games on it though. There are instantly some changes that can be made there and its not really opinion based. Instead of Destruction Derby it should have been Reflections BETTER games such as Destruction Derby 2 or their masterpiece and only masterpiece to this day Driver.

      Other games that shouldn’t be on the list for simply not being critically acclaimed CLASSIC games of the system Battle Arena Toshinden, Cool Boarders 2, Intelligent Qube, Jumping Flash, Mr. Driller, Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo, Syphon Filter (should have been the second one with its amazing 2 player mode), Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six and Twisted Metal (OBVIOUSLY should have been Twisted Metal 2 World Tour).

      That’s seven better games that should have been in there instead of these games simply there because they were there in the first year of the console. Spyro and Crash should be there, Tomb Raider 2, Medievil, Bust a Groove (still better than something like Puzzle Fighter lol), Parappa or Um Jammer Lammy since they didn’t bother remastering that game for PS4 because there wasn’t a PSP game to do a port of lol. Even the famous T-Rex demo should be on it lol. I don’t want online gaming on it though, I can live without online in any games right now.

    • I did grow up with the PS1, which is why I don’t really care for this lackluster selection. Pretty much the only notable releases here are playable on the PS3 via digital purchase.

      The selection could have easily been better, just by skipping on outright junk (Rainbow Six, seriously it’s terrible), and including games that were hard to find (Um Jammer Lammy, Ghost in the Shell, Galerians), or including more iconic titles (Spyro, Medievil, any Tomb Raider, Crash, Tenchu, Wipeout).

  • No option for aditional games,really??? This is gonna be fail big time.My all time favorite Legacy of Kain series,specialy Soul of Reaver part are a must for such a ps1 experience.Thanks but I’ll pass.

    • An eternity passed, and my torment receded, bringing me back from the precipice of madness. The descent had destroyed me, and yet I lived.

  • Should have used the money to raise the Vita from the dead….then you could have taken my cash Sony by making these games for the Vita. For £89.99 this is definitely not worth it and seems like another half-hearted project that will have no support aka VITA!

    • Step one in reviving the Vita would be to sell it again. They just randomly stopped selling them in Europe without an announcement years ago. The PS TV is hardly a replacement (and it isn’t even sold anymore) and doesn’t work with all the games.

  • I real question i want answered is, does the designer of the user interface still have a job?

  • Since this is nothing but bad execution, I’m trying to see what is behind. But cant figure it out.

  • I love Sony products and games – but you have really dropped the ball with this product. 50hz games ? [DELETED] Tekken was and still is awful at 50hz with slow down. [DELETED] Could have set a new standard for retro machines…… not this time Sony.

  • That’s too bad for “There are no plans to bring new content or updates to PlayStation Classic post-launch.”

    Classic didn’t get enough only 20 games and it’s not worth that. I’ve abandoned the idea about purchasing lovely PS Classic for my children. And I might play PS1 games with emulators with our children.

    • It’s super easy to hack, so I highly recommend doing that. You could put the entire library of PS1 games on it if you really wanted to. It even lets you access the emulator menu by holding select and pressing triangle instead of having to connect a keyboard and hit escape(and not all keyboards work).

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