Final Fantasy 9 on the PlayStation, showing Cloud on a wooden platform.

I Have Reservations About The PlayStation Classic. Here’s Why.

Lizzie Fourman discusses her reservations surrounding the new Playstation release.

I got excited when I saw the GameStop article about the impending release of the PlayStation Classic mini-console and even more so when I saw some of the games being released with it.

Namely: Final Fantasy VII. That game was my childhood in a nutshell. Don’t even get me started on my crush on Cloud Strife when I was growing up! My heart beat really hard in my chest, though, when I saw one of the other titles being released with the console.

That title was Tekken 3, which was also a poster child of my young adulthood. I no longer have my original copy, which I believe a neighbor still has somewhere, but I still play the Tekken franchise whenever I can.

I still have a copy of Tekken 4 and Tekken 5 on my video game shelf, actually. However, I have a couple reservations about the release of the console that makes me unsure if I’ll be getting one when it comes out.

The number of games being released

When PlayStation told us about this latest release, a reservation popped up for me immediately. Namely, the number of games being released with the console.

Are there seriously only 20 games being released with the console?!

I hope they add more than that in the coming months as we get closer to an eventual release. I mean, I realize that a lot of these games made up my childhood and all. I just can’t wrap my head around the idea that there may only be 20 games coming out for it.

I suppose there’s a money issue that surrounds this since it can’t be cheap to re-produce games to fit a new disc format. It makes me shudder to think about that but also makes me miss some of the games coming out again.

It looks like I might be going to eBay or somewhere like that to see about getting some of the games. I might as well check the PlayStation store for some of them since the games can’t be gone forever, right?

My other reservation made me stop in my tracks and my blood grow cold in my veins: the pricing.

The price point of the console

This one made me tilt my head from side to side out of confusion. I suppose I can see why they’re charging $100 (USD) for it. I was also hoping for more out of the console for that $100 I’d be shelling out for it.

I’m sure I could find a regular-sized PlayStation for half that along with the games I want. I already have Final Fantasy VIII, which I understand is another one gamers want to be released with the smaller console.

I could get the bigger console on eBay for maybe even $45 just for Final Fantasy VIII. It would be great for the nostalgia alone! I would love to get my hands on Final Fantasy VII as well but I’m sure that’s the game that will go out of stock first.

It makes me wonder if they’re also expecting this eventuality to occur. I’m expecting it, as are other gamers, I’m sure. I’m just not sure if a new console I don’t technically NEED is worth being trampled by other people since I’m short enough as it is. What do you think about the developments?


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  1. Final Fantasy 7 is pretty cheap on Steam if you’d be willing to play it on PC 🙂

    Currently £10 but I’ve seen it for half that in Steam sales. The specs are also very low so you should be able to play it on most computers:
    Microsoft Windows XP/Vista/7 (32/64-bit)
    2GHz Processor or faster
    1GB RAM
    DirectX 9-compatible graphic card

    Here it is if you want to have a look:

    • Sweet, John! I have a Mac computer with no access to a Windows computer so I need to check out my options in that area. I suppose it could be done with some rigging unless I get the money to get a Windows laptop just for gaming. I think that’s more feasible in the long run. I want it badly enough that I might just do that. (ha ha!)

      • It’s all good. I think buying those few PS1 games is likely to cost close to what the PlayStation Classic costs – some of those older games are extortionately expensive!

        A few years ago I re-bought my childhood console, a Sega Master System 2, plus 4 or 5 games. I won’t tell you how much it cost…lol

  2. Maybe you should research what a product is before writing about it? Watching the 60 second trailer for it tells you that it doesn’t use discs and you don’t buy the games separately – it’s a mini console preloaded with 20 games, so you’re buying 20 games and something to play them on for your $100.

    • I feel like $100 isn’t too bad personally, but it depends how desperate you are to play the games on offer.

      I think it would be cool if these mini-consoles came with an e-shop where you could buy more games for it so that you aren’t limited to just the 20. The PlayStation was one of the main consoles of my childhood and it would be great to have access to a wider library.

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Written by Lizzie Fourman

Lizzie is a Facebook strategist for female creative entrepreneurs during the day and a gamer by night. She helps her clients by scheduling things on their Facebook pages, interacting with people on those pages, and creating graphics to go with the posts. She also writes about video games on Grown Gaming.