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Sony PlayStation Classic

Sony PlayStation Classic

from  $99.99+
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67 Engadget Score
It has some redeeming qualities, but you could still do better.
67

It has some redeeming qualities, but you could still do better.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

The PlayStation Classic has a few great titles, but for the most part it betrays the memory of the original console with inconsistent emulation and a baffling inclusion of PAL games.

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Pros
  • Console and controller look and feel nice
  • Some great classic titles
Cons
  • Lackluster and inconsistent emulation quality
  • PAL titles play terribly
  • Controller doesn’t include DualShock
  • No AC adapter
67 Engadget Score
It has some redeeming qualities, but you could still do better.
67

It has some redeeming qualities, but you could still do better.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Scores

Engadget

67
 

User Reviews

80
SEETHA RAMA
I highly reccomend this product
60
Gabriel
When I first started using it, my thought was "the graphics are worse than I...read more
40
freedonut
Apart from hack it, this thing for me basically is just a pretty console to...read more
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Score Breakdown

 
58
Average Critic Score
 
40
Digital Trends
The PS Classic is a cute collectible, but not a great gaming machine.
 
60
IGN
The PlayStation Classic is more like a halfhearted nod than a top-shelf tribute to Sony’s era-defining console.
 
60
TechRadar
Because it doesn’t enshrine the best-remembered games from the ’90s, the PlayStation Classic isn’t quite everything we hoped it’d be. But what it lacks in software is made up, in part, by its lovingly crafted hardware.
 
70
The Verge
When you really sit back and experience the device, though, it’s actually a fitting representation of the mid- to late-‘90s. No, the PlayStation Classic doesn’t have all of your favorite classic PlayStation games, and there’s a very good chance that you’re never going to actually play Destruction Derby. But what you are getting for your $99.99, aside from a blast of nostalgia, is a refreshingly honest glimpse at what the early days of the PlayStation were like, right down to getting up from your comfy seat to switch to a different game. It wasn’t always pretty, and it was frequently confusing and awkward, but it was also incredibly exciting. And now, that feeling is captured in a tiny gray box.
 
50
Kotaku
Instead of a PlayStation Classic that really celebrates the shared love for this bygone era of games, it’s a product that feels like it was delivered in the spirit of “Oh, you guys still like these old games? Well, here this is, we guess.” The PlayStation’s games are still beautiful, but the wrapping around them is something like putting a Picasso into an $8.99 plastic frame.
 
80
Mashable
Sony's PlayStation Classic is a fun throwback to the early days of 3D gaming, but the included games won't please everyone.
 
40
Destructoid
Nostalgia might be king, but this device is more like a prince (or a knave).
 
60
The Guardian
What we have is the bare minimum: a machine that looks nice, is really easy to use and has at least some games that people will remember and enjoy playing again. What we don’t have, is something that improves on or even equals what Nintendo has done with its own retro range. The PlayStation Classic is lodged between two worlds, the world of cheap and easy nostalgia and the world of historic recreation, and serves neither market wholly.
 
60
Polygon
Though value is subjective, for $99.99, this is a comparatively expensive way to relive the original PlayStation, only conveniently smaller. Many of the PlayStation games included with the system — with the noteworthy exception of Intelligent Qube — can be downloaded and played on other PlayStation platforms cheaply. Even then, many of these old PlayStation games are hard, sometimes to a heartbreaking degree, to revisit now. But the biggest disappointment with the PlayStation Classic is being left wanting what’s missing, rather than what it offers.
 
60
PC Mag
A strange selection of games and muddy upscaling keep the PlayStation Classic mini retro game system from doing Sony's first console justice.