Some of the new games released this year truly pushed the boundaries of what we can expect from the gaming industry. Mind-blowing graphics, intense gameplay, and stunning soundtracks seem to be becoming the norm.
It’s a great time to be a gamer, but sometimes you just need a quick hit of nostalgia. Sony has now released the PlayStation Classic console preloaded with 20 of the best PlayStation games, including Final Fantasy VII, Grand Theft Auto, Resident Evil, Tekken 3 and Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six.
This new release is a miniature recreation of the original PlayStation console and includes a HDMI cable to connect directly to a TV and two wired controllers meaning you can settle old scores with your friends. The PlayStation Classic console also features a built-in virtual memory card, so you can save your adventures as you switch between your old favourites.
The first PlayStation console changed the way we played. You can relive that golden era of gaming with new PlayStation Classic for just £49.99. That’s a massive £40 saving on the list price of £89.99.
2018 might have been a great year for gaming, but the early 90s was when everything changed for the better.
Although the PlayStation Classic is a faithful miniaturization of the original console, it’s simply an emulator, and the people at YouTube channel Retro Gaming Arts have managed to find a way to access the console’s secret menu.
Using a simple USB keyboard (although the video creators note only Corsair and Logitech keyboards seem to work) and hitting the Escape key when a game boots up, you can access the menu which allows you to manipulate frame rates and what appears to be the ability to enter cheats.
Of course, there’s the risk of messing up your system, so be wary if you’re going to try this at home.
Given the PlayStation Classic’s annoyingly limited range of games, it’s a first step into figuring out if the system can be hacked to do more than what’s been prescribed by Sony.
For almost two weeks, I’ve been living life like it was 1994 thanks to Sony’s PlayStation Classic.
Sony’s tiny console is a fraction of the size of the original (and unfortunately doesn’t play original PS1 CDs) and comes with two faithfully reproduced controllers.
It’s one of the nicest throwback tech products in years and made me nostalgic of the early days of games with 3D graphics, while simultaneously making me realize I’m now old. I was seven when the PlayStation launched in Japan in 1994 and nine when my childhood best friend got one for Christmas two years later and we got to eventually play classics like Rayman, Crash Bandicoot, and Final Fantasy VII in his attic.
The PlayStation goes down in history for popularizing 3D gaming and lighting the path toward more mature titles with the likes of Grand Theft Auto and Resident Evil. Still, all of us spoiled by today’s lush and photorealistic graphics often forget just how ugly most games on the console were.
Unlike the timeless, colorful 2D sprites of Super Mario Bros. or The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past that still look as beautiful today as they did 35 and 27 years ago, respectively, many of the once cutting-edge 3D graphics from the 20 included games on the PlayStation Classic simply don’t hold up in 2018.
The PlayStation Classic’s also missing many of the original console’s greatest hits. Don’t get me wrong, Final Fantasy VII — a game that took up three discs and defined bleeding-edge 3D graphics when it came out in 1997 — rekindled fond memories of Japan’s then-rise as a technology powerhouse and is worth the price alone.
But many people might look at the list of games and be disappointed by the omission of console classics such as Gran Turismo, Spyro the Dragon, and Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 2.
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