You, like thousands of
others probably stood in line at Wal-Mart on the morning of October 26th
rediscovering religion and praying to your newfound god that you would be one of the lucky
ones. And when the store opened, you lost your newfound faith when your prayers failed
you. As you walked out of the store you probably didnt even notice the the plethora
of grey PSone boxes. You were too busy obsessing about how to get the impossible when all
you realy needed was right there in front of you. "But," you say, "the PS2
is the future. The PlayStation is so 1995." I didnt buy a PS2 at launch. I
dont have that kind of money, and Im not certain that it will be the next big
thing. Im very fond of my Sega, thank you very much. But, when I saw the PSone a few
weeks ago, I knew I had to have it.
You probably havent even heard about the PSone. Frankly, Ive been
surprised at the lack of coverage for the PSone. It hit stores about a month ago, and I
still havent seen one major article dedicated to its attributes. The PS2 has
unjustly stolen the spotlight of a little marvel that everyone would be talking about if
it had only come out a few months earlier. In Japan, where the PSone has been available
for a few months now, most PS2 users are using their systems mainly as DVD players and the
PSone is outselling both the Nintendo 64 and the Sega Dreamcast.
Im a sucker for aesthetics. I use an iMac because I like the ruby red
casing, not the operating system. The idea of a 32 bit console the size of a double DVD
case was more tempting than I could bear. There are no hard lines to the PSone, just
simple curves. It is simply soothing to look at. Aesthetics happens to be one of my
biggest complaints about Sonys successor. The PS2s big, black box is anything
but sleek, and next to the PSone it looks downright ugly. The PS2 wouldnt
comfortably fit anywhere in my home entertainment system, but the PSone fits everywhere
comfortably. Words and pictures do not do the PSone justice. It must be experienced. The
pictures do not do a good job of conveying size, and you wont believe what I write.
It has to be seen in real life to be understood. Ive never used the adjective cute
to describe a gaming console before, but I cant help using it whenever I talk about
this little guy. Hes just that cute!
Sony plans to release an LCD monitor next year which will make this the coolest
portable console around. Just try to imagine taking your Playstation with you wherever you
want to go. There will no longer be a need to haul around even small TVs. It will fit in
the back seat of the most compact cars. I plan on hiding mine in the top drawer of my desk
You have to look around for the PSone. Most retailers have hidden them behind
their old stock of the PSX (easily done because theyre so much smaller). Wal-Mart et
al are fully aware that if people know about the PSone then there will be no one left to
get that old bulky system which is priced at the same $99.99. The PSone is packaged with
one Dual Shock controller (which takes up almost as much room as the system itself). There
are no games, only the promise of a demo disc if you mail in your registration card. The
manual is simple and straightforward; youll be up and running with this baby in no
time. The PSone is simplicity personified.
In the world of gadgets and electronics, smaller is better. Sony has realized
this with the invention of the Walkman, the Discman, and now the PSone. It could be called
the Pocket PS or the Palm PS. If they made this guy any smaller, there wouldnt be
enough room to plug in the controllers or memory cards. There are no external upgrade
ports, which might frustrate those wanting to play import games, but you can upgrade with
internal chips. This system truly has everything you need.
Theres still some life in the old man. THPS2 is probably the hottest game
out there right now, and Final Fantasy IX will be out in January. There are hundreds of
games now available, and most of them come in at under 20 bucks. If graphics are all that
matter to you, then you probably need to have the PS2 (until the Xbox comes out), but if
gameplay at a reasonable price is what youre after, then the PSone should tie you
over for a while yet. The PS2, however, has yet to prove itself as the definitive next
generation console. The general response to its launch titles has been lackluster at best
and with the recent jumping ship of the Oddworld franchise it would appear that the PS2
still has a ways to go before proclaiming itself the king of all consoles. But the
original PlayStation still has a ton of new titles coming out on top of a massive catalog
of old titles.
Im a Dreamcast man myself, and before that it was Nintendo. Ive
avoided Sony since its debut and I never thought I would sign up to the Sony camp so
easily. I knew the PS2 would probably sway me, but the original Playstation? What can I
say? Im a sucker for packaging. If you buy a PSone do it for its sheer beauty and
promise of portability. It will change how and where we play games.If you dont have
any extra cash lying around, then I recommend that you keep your eyes away from the PSone.
Whatever you do dont look in the box. I guarantee that if you see it, you will covet
it. Even if you have been guaranteed a PS2 before Christmas, you will find yourself
dreaming about the smooth curves and compact shape of the PSone. It is the hottest thing
that no one is talking about.