One month after NES Classic launched, it was impossible to find. One month after the SNES Classic was launched, it was the hottest console on the market. And one month after the launch of the PlayStation Classic, it was marked down from $ 100 to $ 60 in all online stores.
This 40% drop in prices, which was widespread across stores like Amazon and Target yesterday, signals that Sony has made more PlayStation Classics than it sold. There are many possible explanations for this. Perhaps people don't have the same nostalgia for PlayStation as they do for Nintendo, or maybe they get tired of buying classic consoles the last two Christians.
Or maybe, just like with the malevolent PlayStation Vita, there is a strictly poor decision on Sony's part that has led to PlayStation Classic's apparent error.
Think about this:
- Before this price decline, PlayStation Classic sold for $ 100. By comparison, the SNES Classic went for $ 80 while the NES Classic cost $ 60. Sony has a long history of price smoothing – Vita's expensive, proprietary memory card contributed that the system would never take off – and this is no exception.
- The list of PlayStation Classic games is confusing. While it was not possible to choose 20 games from the PS1's massive library that satisfied everyone, this list seemed to satisfy no one. It is full of strange choices and lacks any games that should have been must, like Tomb Raider and Crash Bandicoot .
- When is why, PlayStation Classic is limited to 20 games? Perhaps Sony felt it had to copy the SNES Classic strategy, but almost all the games in the SNES Classic library were must-plays. It is hard to say the same about Mr.. Drilling . For $ 100 you get a weird mix of 20 games without changing or adding new games. It is difficult to imagine many who see it as a good deal.
- PlayStation Classic is full of emulation problems. After the launch, people quickly discovered that the system ran the European PAL versions of some games, which led to lower image rates and errors. Yet another black mark on what was already a Spartan console.
- The system only supports original PS1 controls – no enhanced DualShock versions, meaning no joystick, which means far less enjoyable games.
With these many bad decisions, how can the system fail? The good news is that PlayStation Classic is very easy to hack if you're technically savvy. And hey, it's now sixty dollars.