This is most definitely the era of the retro console with Nintendo, Atari (the Atari VCS is up for pre-order now) and others in on the retro console action. Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) is considering stepping into that retro console realm as well with a revival of the PlayStation One console. Word of the possibility of a retro console from Sony comes from a source that should have a very good idea of what’s in the pipeline.
That source is SIE president Takeshi Kodera. His translated tweet reads, “Our company is always digging up past assets, and I think there are various ways to do it. There have been discussions happening (in the company) on what kind of ways there are.”
A revival of the PS One would be a very cool option for gamers to relive those past gaming escapades. The console would probably sell well too; retro gaming is huge right now. Kodera gave no details on when or if a retro Sony console might land. There is also the chance that Sony might just bake full backward compatibility into the PS5 when it lands and launch retro games as downloads.
With that said, with the resurgence in popularity of retro consoles it would be no surprise if Sony wanted to grab bucks from retro gamers with a standalone console. Sony is currently offering some special deals on PS4 hardware and games during the Days of Play promotion going on right now.
The coolest hardware in the promotion is a limited edition blue PS4 with gold PlayStation symbols. The event is also seeing discounts on the PS4 Pro with the specials lasting June 8 through June 18. Sony has also confirmed this month that the PS4 is in its last phase of life. Rumors have suggested that we are still several years away from the launch of the next generation console, the PS5, which is rumored to use an AMD Ryzen processor.