Saturday , October 23 2021

PlayStation Classic and its sudden reduction, discount or failure?


Announced in mid-September, Sony surprised (and did not at the time) present a mini-review of their first mythical console that followed the wake-up call initiated by the NES Mini a few years ago. By itself, it was a winning bet when we talked about the mini review of a real icon in the video game industry.

But the final result left something to be desired, a fact confirmed today a discount has been officially announced and we can find it in stores as the game chain at 59.90 euros – in fact on Amazon is € 57.99-, a price that brings it closer to the NES and Super Nintendo Mini. A discount of almost 50% of the € 99.99 that were worth in his debut, which was also 23 days ago. That is: in just three weeks on sale, the PlayStation Classic has become almost half.

Non-proprietary emulation, no dubbing, no 60 hertz

An inexplicable decision, instead of creating a proprietary emulation system, Sony preferred to choose based on PCSX Repressed with Retroarch, an open source emulator that is unofficial and therefore has some problems loading textures as well as sound. Another element that has alienated many buyers is the absurd do not use in Spain the PAL sites of the games debuted in our country in its moment. And so, some like the original Metal Gear Solid loses its fabulous dubbing in Castilian, while others like Final Fantasy VII come directly with the texts in English, even if the game is located – yes, not very well, but it is – for Castilian

For those who do not know, in Europe (and also in Australia) we suffer the curse of the PAL version in the games of the 5th and 6th generation, that despite offering us more resolution than the American NTSC -the PAL was 576i compared to the NTSC-480i at the same time the refresh rate or hertz was 17% slower. That is: the games were 17% slower from one market to another. And in the case of the PlayStation Classic, Sony itself has confirmed that it includes 9 titles in the PAL version at 50 Hz, while the remaining 11 are NTSC:

  • Battle Arena Toshinden
  • Cool Boarders 2
  • Destruction Derby
  • Grand Theft Auto
  • Leaping Flash!
  • Oddworld: Abe & # 39; s Oddysee
  • Resident Evil Director's Cut
  • Tekken 3
  • Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six

The Eurogamer website and its comprehensive Digital Foundry have tested these games to see if PAL performance has regained the refresh rate. And the problem is that this was the case. Jumping Flash, 23 years ago, an innovative FP platform, runs at 25 frames instead of at 40 fps of its original version. And Tekken 3, the 3D fighting colossus, low from 30 fps to 25 frames. Yes, it looks like a small figure, but it's another example of how the PlayStation Classic project seems to be accelerating rather than looking after it, since by mid-2018 it's inconceivable to see 4-generation games that do not even reach the highest rate. tall they had 20 years ago when they left.

Poor catalog and excessive price

The PlayStation debuted in 1994 and made history (along with Saturn) bringing the first generation of games with 3D graphics. Suddenly, the video game became a teenager, and under his control, masterpieces were released and genres were created – Survival Horror, the 3D fight. But although in the list of 20 titles that the PlayStation Classic brings to mind, there are true masterpieces like Resident Evil, Tekken 3, Ridge Racer Type 4, FF VII or MGS, there are also absurd additions like Rainbow Six instead of the iconic Medal of Honorand absences as Silent Hill or Tomb Raider. In fact, we are no longer talking about Third Parties, but even very high absences from the Sony catalog as Gran Turismo, Crash Bandicoot or WipeOut to name but three.

And the price, above the two reviews of the Nintendo Mini, also did not help. 100 euros with a good catalog of games would have been high, although it could have been a well-kept product. But as PlayStation Classic arrived, with this selection, unimproved, non-proprietary emulation, commands without dick or vibration, without even the original Spanish texts of many of them, etc., in the end it has been a failure in sales, reason for the which today has decreased in price. Will it sell better with the new price? Will we see a PS2 Mini in 2019?

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