Review: Why the PlayStation Classic’s emulation is not worth it

Who doesn’t love nostalgia? Nobody, according to the massive sales of Nintendo’s NES and SNES mini consoles. Sony sought to profit from our nostalgia gland as well with the release of the PlayStation Classic. This one however, did not hit the mark at all and left a sour taste in our mouths.


We aren’t going to discuss too many of the technical issues the console has, but let’s just say there are quite a few. The games look blurry, stretched and torn and the early 3D doesn’t hold up well in this day and age. Nintendo didn’t have this problem because of their still highly valued sprite-based 2D design, which still looks quite decent when played today.

The games itself are another issue we have with the console. We miss legendary titles like Gran Turismo, Silent Hill and Tomb Raider. These were probably left out because of licensing reasons, which could have easily been resolved if the console wasn’t as rushed as it is. Tekken 3, Final Fantasy VII and Metal Gear Solid are there, but again time hasn’t been too kind to them.


We do have to mention there are some great things about the PlayStation Classic, even if they don’t hold up against the bad stuff. Titles like Revelations: Persona and Cool Boarders 2 feel great and are still very enjoyable to play. There is also no denying the design of the console is wonderfully done. It has such a 90s feel to it that it is almost worth buying to just display it in your living room.

In the end, the disappointing game selection and very poor technical features do not make up for the PlayStation Classic’s great design or the odd enjoyable game. If you are a collector and you have the cash to spare, go ahead and give it a try. If you would buy the console to actually use it for more than an hour, don’t. According to us, it just isn’t worth the 100 dollar price tag.

Final score: 4/10

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