Sony have confirmed that their upcoming retro console PlayStation Classic will neither feature PlayStation Network functionality nor will there be new games after the company are done adding the currently planned batch of 20 classics.
We still don't know all the titles coming with PS Classic, but Sony did confirm Tekken 3, Final Fantasy VII, Ridge Racer Type 4, Wild Arms and Jumping Flash! earlier. The console officially launches in North America on 03 December 2018.
PS Classic sports 480p or 720p HDMI output in what Sony claim is a 45 per cent smaller footprint than the original. The $100 worth package buys you the console, HDMI cable, USB cable and two controllers.
As you'd expect, the announcement spurred many to start daydreaming of all sorts of features Sony may bestow upon them. Granted, hoping for PSN was probably a bit of a tall order, seeing as how it would require even more juice than the little guy can pack under the hood, but you can't deny it would be sweet.
Some sort of support for new games would perhaps be even an more attractive option, although it's easy to see why PS Classic wasn't designed for this. Well, that's under the assumption that such a feat is even doable via the provided USB port, which I'm not sure Sony planned for.
Nevertheless, if we allowed ourselves to dream, PS Classic with even the most basic of PSN functionality and some system for adding new games, even with limited room, would obviously have a market. It would likely raise the little guy's pricepoint somewhat, but as far as fan feedback goes - it seems like a genuine business opportunity that Sony would do well to look into.
If I were Sony, I'd consider testing the waters with some more advanced features in a package that would be the next logical step - PSOne, the slim edition of the PlayStation. As much as I appreciate PS Classic's trip down memory lane, PSOne was always the winner in the looks department. I mean, c'mon - look at it!