Yet another Playstation Classic discount has taken effect, taking the price of the mini-console down to just $25. But will that be enough to make it a sales success? The console has been struggling to sale despite the releases of other mini-consoles, and who knows how long that will continue.
The Playstation Classic is based on the same sort of principle as the various other miniature consoles that have released over the past few years. Nintendo has released an NES Classic and an SNES Classic, and Sega released a mini Genesis Classic console.
However, unlike the various other mini classic consoles, Playstation has had no trouble keeping these on the shelf, not that it’s a good thing. For comparison, even though Nintendo expected classic consoles like the SNES and NES Classics to only be a niche thing, they flew off the shelves, and supply difficulties were constant during their runs.
While the Playstation Classic has sold around 120,000 units in Japan, the Playstation Classic discount still brings up the possibility that the console is not selling nearly as well as Sony had anticipated. However, there is one likely reason why that is: the game list.
While the Playstation Classic did bring a lot of its most well-known games to the table, such as Rayman, Final Fantasy 7, Tekken 3, Metal Gear Solid, Resident Evil, and Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six, there weren’t nearly the amount of similar iconic games as other Classic mini consoles before it.
While there are a number of classics in there, many players found the list lacking. The NES Classic, for instance, had 30 games instead of 20, and included the first Final Fantasy game, The Legend of Zelda, Super Mario Bros, Super Mario Bros 3, Metroid, Castlevania, Kid Icarus, Galaga, and Gradius, a far larger number of classics.
The Playstation Classic discount brings it down to a quarter of its original $99 price tag, but whether or not this will actually cause people to buy it remains to be seen. If you want to buy it though, there’s never been a better time.