Sony's New PlayStation Classic Retro Console Can Now Be Had For Under $50

When the Sony PlayStation Classic was announced in October, the MSRP for the retro console was $99.99. When it launched, however, fans weren't that happy with the roster of games Sony packed inside, and sales didn't meet expectations. On Christmas Eve, the console saw significant discounts with many retailers selling it for under $70.


Now the PlayStation Classic is even cheaper only a few days later, with a new sales price of $59.99. That marks a discount of $40 on the console after only about three weeks on the market. This discounted price isn't a sale at a few locations either; it can be purchased for $59.99 at Amazon, GameStop, BestBuy, Walmart, Target, and other retailers. But we can do you one even better that that; Rakuten is currently selling the console for $49.20 with free shipping when using the "save20" coupon (without the quotes) at checkout.

As for why the PlayStation Classic hasn't been popular with gamers, it boils down to complaints of poor emulation and a selection of games that most fans of the PlayStation from back in the original console's day find lacking. The list missed some of the most popular games of the era, presumably because of licensing issues.

The list of games includes:

  • Battle Arena Toshinden
  • Cool Boarders 2
  • Destruction Derby
  • Final Fantasy VII
  • Grand Theft Auto
  • Intelligent Qube
  • Jumping Flash
  • Metal Gear Solid
  • Mr Driller
  • Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee
  • Rayman
  • Resident Evil Director’s Cut
  • Revelations: Persona
  • Ridge Racer Type 4
  • Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo
  • Syphon Filter
  • Tekken 3
  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six
  • Twisted Metal
  • Wild Arms

The upside for retro gamers who might still be interested in the PlayStation Classic is that a hidden emulation menu was found inside the console that is accessible with the right keyboard. The device also has rather lax security opening the door for hackers to use it as a basis for playing other content on their TV.