“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.

(Our rough calculations: take a sheet of A4 paper and fold it in half for estimate of size.)

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.

This plus 20 games – keep your fingers crossed for Crash Bandicoot.

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.)

written by.
Xiangjun Liao
XJ is the associate digital editor and works the F&B, tech, watch and motoring beats. Correspondingly, he's an alcoholic carnivore with a boyish fascination for all things mechanical. No prizes for guessing which Jaguar he wishes to commandeer.

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