PlayStation Classic launch sales fail to impress in Japan


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Back in September, Sony announced it would be the next company to jump on the retro revival bandwagon by launching the PlayStation Classic. A month later, the full list of included games was revealed, which included Metal Gear Solid, Resident Evil, and GTA, but few other big hits.

When it finally launched, the PlayStation Classic reviews were very mixed, ranging from “quite good” to “very disappointing,” with critics complaining about the poor emulation, dearth of quality games, $100 price, and the fact that some of the titles have aged badly.

According to a report from Media Create, this has led to weaker-than-expected sales of the console in Japan. During the first week, only 120,000 units were sold, and while that may sound like a lot, it pales in comparison to the 369,000 SNES Classic units that sold in the country during its first four days after launch.

Both of Nintendo’s Classic consoles have sold well globally, too. With the NES Classic shifting 2.3 million units during its first run, and the SNES Classic becoming the best-selling console in the US during June. We don’t know how many PlayStation Classics have sold in the US, but it’s unlikely to be anywhere near the scale of Nintendo’s machines.

But Sony might still see a boost in PS Classic sales, especially as hackers have discovered how to modify it to add new games, and it’s also possible to access the emulator settings. With some retailers reducing that problematic price, don’t write off the machine just yet.

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TS Enthusiast
I dont get the hype for these mini consoles. They're overpriced, game limited, and lack the nostalgia of the originals. For a collector whats better than picking up a used console on ebay and buying dvd's with its indivdual game box and printed manuals. Now thats the 80's or 90's throwback you want!


TS Guru
I would never pay $100 for maybe 5 good games on this list. I understand they lowered the price to $60 recently and I still wouldn't spend this for 5 PS1 titles. This nostalgia from older re-releases using smaller bundled consoles just isn't for me. Most of these titles and be downloaded for free online and you can just plug in a better controller to play them. At least if you have a PC.