From a licensing and deal perspective, I'd imagine it'd be a little more difficult (& expensive) for Sony to pull this off than Nintendo or SEGA. I'm sure many publishers would be up for it though. As we've found in the GRecommends thread though, how on earth do you narrow it down to just 20 or so?
Considering Sony already fabricated down the emotion engine for PS3 I doubt they would find this difficult. But for it to be cheap they would also need to use a system on chip like Nintendo. Licensing wise I think it would be more difficult because Sony depended so heavily on third party support. Although maybe they already have enough like resident evil, silent hill, mgs on ps classics for example and Sony games like medieval and grand turismo (although why anyone would want to play the latter today I have no idea).
Although the appeal is kind of weak considering you can download ps1 games on PS3 for a few quid and the controllers are exactly the same whereas Nintendo are really expensive and have weird systems at present.
They also don't really hold up nearly as well as pixel art and the frame rate could be pretty weak.
Does anyone remember in the PS2 options menu there was the ability to smooth over the graphics of PS1 Games?? Some titles looked a lot, lot better on PS2 than PSone. A few games were even stickered on the box with 'runs better on PS2' (Driver 2 was one; loading times, framerate and graphics were all better, whereas the PSone could barely cope). Presumably they could do something even more impressive now.
The alternative is they could use the PC versions instead - Metal Gear Solid, Tomb Raider, Final Fantasy VII, Destruction Derby, WipEout and Resident Evil being the most notable. There's the unreleased arcade version of Tekken 3. There are workarounds.
This doesn't appeal in the same way as SNES. 16 bit has real retro style with chiptune sfx and the limitations of what could be done graphically meant they had they had to push boundaries of imagination. I played Star fox for the first time and was really impressed. They are timeless.
Ps1 on the other hand I think looks blocky and doesn't have the same charm. It is a period of gaming that has not aged well. Maybe I might feel different in another 10 years.
I like these purely from a technical aspect of seeing just how small consoles can be made. It will be interesting to see if we can get to a point where PS2 or even PS3 can be given the tiny console treatment.
Preezy wrote:I doubt they'd offer as many as 20 games, you could easily see them having 10 mainstream classics on it though:
Metal Gear Solid Tomb Raider Final Fantasy 7 Gran Turismo Wipeout Crash Bandicoot Resident Evil Tekken Spyro Tony Hawk
I'd buy one.
Get rid of the multi disc games and you'd easily get 15-20 games on there, Flash memory is durt cheap these days and at around 700MB per disc your looking at roughly 16GB of needed space for 20 games plus the necessary system software/emulator/saves.
I suppose an alternative option would be to relaunch the PSone with a host of improvements (HDMI, wireless controllers, improved frame rates) and re-release a selection of games separately, maybe even alongside the option to also download them from the PS store.
They could easily get away with doing limited/collectors editions of games.