Playstation Classic Console

Last updated date: March 28, 2019

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6.2

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Overall Take

In our analysis of 96 expert reviews, the PlayStation Playstation Classic Console placed 10th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

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Expert Summarized Score
5.8
8 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
6.9
1,259 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
The PlayStation Classic feels more like a time capsule than a system you'd be relying on for daily gaming anyway.
- CNET
November 28, 2018 | Full review
This little beastie is a perfect facsimile of the classic PlayStation that launched in 1994, except a fraction of the size.
- Trusted Reviews
November 28, 2018 | Full review
It also means playing the PlayStation Classic is a jarring trip back in time.
- The Verge
November 27, 2018 | Full review
Some titles, like Final Fantasy VII, are recreated well.
- Engadget
December 12, 2018 | Full review
Regardless of how you feel about the game library, you’ll be moderately impressed with the package Sony has crafted to carry its software - the Classic is a nostalgia-inducing piece of plastic.
- Tech Radar
December 3, 2018 | Full review
It isn't just cute, though — it's astonishingly accurate for what is ostensibly a plug-and-play toy.
- Tom's Guide
November 27, 2018 | Full review
Even 2D games can look excellent on modern screens with the right emulation settings and upconversion, as Nintendo's classic game systems have shown with their pristinely upconverted pixels.
- PC Magazine
November 27, 2018 | Full review
And you’ll find some gems tucked away in its list of games.
- Digital Trends
December 6, 2018 | Full review
What experts didn't like
That's not just me saying, "Oh, some of these original PlayStation games look like garbage now and are basically unplayable."
- CNET
November 28, 2018 | Full review
The biggest disappointment about the whole package comes from the games, a collection of 20 games that boasts just a handful of gems.
- Trusted Reviews
November 28, 2018 | Full review
This isn’t to say that the games on the PlayStation Classic aren’t fun anymore.
- The Verge
November 27, 2018 | Full review
Oddly enough, Sony doesn't include a USB AC adapter in the box, even though it recommends using one to power the system.
- Engadget
December 12, 2018 | Full review
Finally, the controllers are a bit short, and could give players some trouble if you want to kick back on the couch with a friend.
- Tech Radar
December 3, 2018 | Full review
The problem is partially down to the emulation software.
- Tom's Guide
November 27, 2018 | Full review
Beyond missing games, Sony built the PlayStation Classic with a fatal flaw: It's an upscaling 720p system.
- PC Magazine
November 27, 2018 | Full review
I could overlook the dull collection of games if the PlayStation Classic shined elsewhere, but it stumbles just about everywhere else the other mini-consoles shined.
- Digital Trends
December 6, 2018 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

Introducing PlayStation Classic A miniature recreation of the iconic PlayStation console, pre-loaded with 20 fan-favorite games along with two wired controllers for local multiplayer showdowns and a virtual memory card for vital game saves. PlayStation Classic also features the same famous logo, button layout and outer packaging – but this mini console is approximately 45% smaller than the original PlayStation and includes a HDMI cable to connect directly to a TV. PlayStation Classic is the perfect console for retro-loving fans – and for a new generation wanting to experience the dawn of PlayStation for the first time.

Overall Product Rankings

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Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 9
2. Xbox One X 1TB Console
Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 9
3. Nintendo Switch
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 9
4. Nintendo Super NES Classic
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 9
5. PlayStation 4 Slim 1TB Console
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 8
6. Xbox One S 500GB Console
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 9
7. Nintendo New 2DS XL
Overall Score: 8.3
Expert Reviews: 9
8. Nintendo New 3DS XL
Overall Score: 8.2
Expert Reviews: 9
9. Nintendo 2DS
Overall Score: 8.1
Expert Reviews: 9
10. Playstation Classic Console
Overall Score: 6.2
Expert Reviews: 8

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