THE CONSOLE & CONTROLLER
When you pull the teeny, tiny console out of the box, you’ll find it hard to believe that it’s a working machine. The console is that small that it could almost fit directly into the disc drive of the original PlayStation. It’s also really light, to the point that it does feel a little cheap, but thankfully, the detail in the design is there and the buttons as well as the ports on the front and back all mimic the design of the original console extremely well. This is a good thing, as if you’re looking to put the unit on your shelf, it’s an incredibly nice (albeit tiny) replica of the original PlayStation. The only thing missing is that satisfying pop of the disc drive cover, which no longer happens (obviously) when you press the working open button on the right side of the console.
The controller is a much more faithful (if not 1 to 1) recreation of the original PlayStation controller. It does feel weird in the hands at first, due to the lack of analogue sticks (which also brings a significant drop of weight due to no rumble). The buttons feel extremely similar to how they did originally, with the D-Pad feeling as good as ever with the perfect amount of grip in the buttons. The controller cords also feel adequate, providing you don’t sit too far away from your TV, but once again due to the lightness of the console, it’s not a massive deal if you’re got it sitting in the floor or hanging over the edge of your entertainment unit. Sony has opted to use USB for the controller plugs rather than a propriety outlet and they’re really nicely hidden by the original PlayStation controller plug.