“Eargasmic” – a term frequently used to describe the deep, rousing blare that heralded hours of joy on Sony’s very first Playstation. If this was a defining anthem of your youth, it’s because you tasted life in a pre-smartphone world, where entertainment was parceled out and more than just a finger tap away.
Nostalgic yet? Well, Sony’s taking aim at our wallets, so gird yourself. The just-announced Playstation Classic is childhood in lunchbox-sized form, and it’s scheduled for a Dec 3 2018 release – just in time for Christmas.
For a RRP of US$100, you get two full-sized wired controllers, an HDMI cable, and 20 pre-loaded games that Sony hasn’t quite finalised yet, though monumental classics like FF7, Ridge Racer 4 and Tekken 3 are already on board.
Keep your spare smartphone/tablet chargers handy – the package won’t come with a power adaptor.
If you’re getting a sense of deja vu, it’s because Nintendo tugged at your heart- and purse-strings with the SNES and NES classic over this last year. The former went on to outsell the Playstation 4 in a matter of months – Nintendo moved 4 million units by March. What a time to be alive.
You may want to pre-order fast via Amazon, the only stockist that ships to Singapore and Malaysia, before the first batch sells out. If you have a US address or postal service, try Gamestop, Walmart or BestBuy.
(UPDATE: Sony has de-listed the item for now, possibly due to overwhelming demand. Stay tuned. We’ll update the buy link once we have it.)