Sony PlayStation Classic Discounted To $70 Less Than A Month After Launch

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How low can it go? Just over a week ago, Sony's newly released PlayStation Classic retro gaming console received a big price cut. A number of retailers priced the tiny console at $75, which is $25 off the $100 MSRP at launch in early December.

Now, the PlayStation Classic’s price is falling even further. Amazon is selling the console for $69.95, or $30 off its MSRP. Nintendo hasn't resorted to such fire sales to clear out inventory of its NES Classic Edition and SNES Classic Edition, and as far as we can remember, those consoles have stuck to MSRP for their entire lifecycles.


So, what's causing gamers to thumb their nose at the PlayStation Classic, prompting these early price reductions? For starters, gamers have been unimpressed with the game lineup that that comes installed with the PlayStation Classic. While there are a few interesting games included in the mix, many gamers have called the list lackluster:

  • 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

Even in its home market of Japan, it's been reported that Sony only sold 120,000 units of the console during its first week of availability. The SNES Classic Edition, however, blew it out of the water with fist week sales of 369,000 units. In addition, the NES Classic Edition and SNES Classic Edition continue to be strong sellers around the globe even though Nintendo has vowed to end production for both by the end of 2018.

Perhaps even more damning is that many of the games ported over to the PlayStation Classic simply don't run all that great. In fact, it's been found that an NES Classic Edition that has been hacked with a PlayStation emulator actually runs games better than the emulator included with Sony's retro console.

With that being said, if you aren’t dissuaded by the games lineup or performance issues, $70 seems like a pretty good deal on the PlayStation Classic. And that fact that it can be easily hacked to add more games should make it an appealing platform for tinkerers.

You can grab the PlayStation Classic from Amazon by clicking the following link.