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The Sony PlayStation Classic hits a new low: Just $30

If you've been tempted to try out this flawed but fascinating 20-game console, it now has an impulse-buy price.


Plug-and-play the PlayStation Classic for 20 classic PlayStation games.

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The Sony PlayStation Classic was arguably one of the top flops of 2018. 

On the outside, pure adorableness: A shrunken version of the beloved console, complete with two controllers and 20 built-in games. But many fans found the game selection middling at best, and a technical issue rendered nearly half of them problematic to play on US televisions. Add to that a $100 price tag and it's no surprise you'll see some scathing reviews online.

Of course, as I've noted before, a good deal helps make flaws more forgivable. So chew on this: Today only, and while supplies last, Antonline via eBay has the Sony Playstation Classic for $29.99 shipped. That's the lowest price I've seen yet. (Best Buy and Walmart are still offering it at $40.)

I was never a PlayStation guy, so I'll turn you over to Jeff Bakalar's PlayStation Classic review. In the end he found it "serviceable," though he certainly wasn't a fan of the price. That said, that pesky frame rate issue that slows down some games is apparently fixable by merely plugging in a USB keyboard (though it takes some trial and error).  

So what do you think? Is $30 a good deal for 20 PlayStation games, even if they look dated and don't all play perfectly straight out of the box? I'm curious to hear your thoughts.

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Originally published Feb. 12.
Update, April 11: Republished with lower price from different seller.

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