Sony announced today that it would be releasing a miniature version of the original PlayStation console, dubbed the PlayStation Classic, along with two controllers and 20 pre-installed games. Amidst the excitement of the announcement, it was easy enough to overlook one glaring issue: the console doesn’t come with a power cable.
After re-reading the press release sent out from Sony, it’s clear that the initial cost of the console could be higher due to the fact you don’t get a traditional power cable to run the system. From the press release:
“PlayStation Classic includes an HDMI™ cable for connecting to an external displays such as TV monitors, and a USB cable which needs to be connected to a commercially sold USB AC Adaptor for power supply from the plug. On select supported titles, users can play with or against their friends with the two Controllers included with the console.”
The footnotes also state:
“A commercially available USB AC adaptor is required to use this console. Please use an AC adaptor that supports 5 V, 1.0 A USB (Type A) output. However, there is no guarantee that all AC adaptors are compatible with your console.”
So, yeah, it’s not ideal and I think this is going to cause a fair bit of confusion among the less technically savvy buyers. It seems strange that there’s no traditional power cable, but perhaps this was a cost-saving measure to get the price down to the relatively fair $99.99/£89.99. (Update 21.12.2018: It’s actually on sale with Amazon for less than the stated price.)
Chris has been writing about gaming news for far too long, and now he’s doing it even more. A true PlayStation know-it-all, Chris has owned just about every Sony console that ever existed. Trophies are like crack to this fella. (Bronze trophies, that is – he only has one Platinum.)