Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that Sony recently released their PlayStation Classic mini-console. Unfortunately, Sony didn’t seem to care an awful lot about it, released an unpolished product and now, the mini-console is already seeing massive price cuts!
What’s the deal with the PlayStation Classic? What about recent discounts?
At first glance, the PlayStation Classic looks like a nice small PlayStation 1 that’s there to be an easy way to play some old classics. However, it’s plagued by quite a few problems which kind of make it lose its value and these include:
The PlayStation Classic’s game line-up is pretty disappointing as it doesn’t include masterpieces like Chrono Trigger but at least you can easily sideload other games!
The fact it is using an open source emulator (PCSX ReARMed) rather than an in-house emulator. As a result, the PlayStation Classic has some performance issues which is pretty mind blowing considering the age of the hardware it’s emulating
A UI that’s quite unattractive which doesn’t have many features. One notable gripe when it comes to features is that the PlayStation Classic only allows you to utilise one save state slot per game which is pretty disastrous.
Thankfully, Sony not only neglected the software side but it also neglected security hence making it very easy for end-users to add their own games and paving the way for future homebrew developments to take place! As a result, the PlayStation Classic might get emulators for other platforms, the ability to run full Linux distributions and much more since it’s really just a cheap ARM mini PC.
Recently, the PlayStation Classic has been available on places such as Amazon, B&H Photo and Walmart for under $60 which is a pretty significant price reduction from the original retail price of $99.99. According to Business Insider, Sony said that these promotions are to run until January 26, 2019 so they apparently won’t be forever but by then, some retailers may be selling them at even cheaper prices if sales figures aren’t great.
Should I get a PlayStation now? Are there better options?
Older Core 2 Duo PCs can be had for very cheap and they can make excellent emulation machines if you invest a bit of time in them! However, they don’t look as nice as a PlayStation Classic 😉
Furthermore, it looks pretty nice and you get two PS1-style controllers with it which means that you’re getting a decent amount of hardware for your $60. That being said, I’d personally look at going with alternatives which include:
Grabbing an older computer that you no longer use and turning that into a retro-gaming machine. PlayStation 1 emulation isn’t demanding at all and can run comfortably even on a higher-end Pentium 4 machine so you might as well embark on a DIY project, slap Linux or Windows 7 on an old computer and be able to play a much wider range of games!
Purchasing a PlayStation TV on firmware 3.68 or lower (the latest FW is 3.69) so that you could hack it. This solution offers you the ability to play PSVita, PSP and PS1 games natively along with a whole barrage of native homebrew and emulators for many consoles like the SNES and NES all while using a DualShock 3/4 for input.
Getting a used PlayStation 3 on FW 4.82 or below (so that you could hack it) for a little extra as the PS3 lets you play PS1 games natively! Furthermore, you can install RetroArch and emulate many older consoles if you don’t mind tinkering with the console.
Before going ahead with buying a PlayStation Classic, I’d personally think about the alternatives mentioned above especially if you don’t care for the looks too much.
However, if you still want to get a PlayStation Classic, it may be wise to wait just a bit longer as the mini-console might receive further sales since demand doesn’t seem too great as of now!
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