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Sony to launch PlayStation Classic on December 3

Mini version of the classic console will be pre-loaded with Final Fantasy VII, Jumping Flash, Ridge Racer Type 4, Tekken 3, 16 other games

Sony Interactive Entertainment is jumping on the trend for diminutive retro hardware with PlayStation Classic, a new version of its first groundbreaking console.

PlayStation Classic will launch worldwide on December 3, the same day as the original PlayStation's release in 1994. The hardware will be pre-loaded with 20 games, of which Final Fantasy VII, Jumping Flash, Ridge Racer Type 4, Tekken 3, and Wild Arms have been confirmed.

The hardware is 45 per cent smaller than the original consoles, according to Sony, and it will come packaged with a HDMI cable, a USB cable, and two controllers for local multiplayer.

PlayStation Classic will be available for $99.99 in the US, $129.99 in Canada, and €99.99 in Europe.

This is just the latest in a growing line of retro consoles pre-loaded with classic games. The most successful examples are from Nintendo, which has enjoyed great success with new, smaller versions of its NES and SNES hardware.

New versions of the Sega Mega Drive and SNK Neo Geo are also scheduled for release.

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