The PlayStation Classic is significantly smaller than Sony’s original grey box. According to Sony, “the mini console is 45% smaller than the original PlayStation,” and will even feature similar packaging in order to mimic the PS1’s 1995 North American launch. Of course, the Classic doesn’t have a working disc drive but the reset button suspends games and eject will change the virtual disc when you press it, which are admittedly pretty cool features. Speaking of design, Sony has gone with the original PlayStation and not the smaller, white PS One redesign released in July 2000. To be honest, I much prefer the look of the latter, but I get why Sony went with the original instead.
https://blog.us.playstation.com/2018/09/18/introducing-playstation-classic-with-20-pre-loaded-games/ Source: PlayStation Blog
Unlike Nintendo, which revealed the full lineup of both the NES and SNES Classic when those systems were announced, Sony has only teased a few of the games they’ll be including with the PlayStation Classic when it launched this December. As of this writing, the only games Sony has revealed are Final Fantasy VII, Jumping Flash, Ride Racer Type 4, Tekken 3, and Wild Arms. With the exception of Ridge Racer (c’mon, who really wants to play an 20+ year old racing game?), those are all classics and the rest of the 20 titles is sure to be comprised of the best of the best PS1 games. I think it’s a safe bet that we’ll see games like Metal Gear Solid and Castlevania: Symphony of the Night on there too, but it gets a bit trickier from there.
For instance, will any of the Crash Bandicoot or Spyro the Dragon titles be included? With Activision’s recent HD remakes of those franchise’s PS1 titles, it’s hard to imagine anyone wanting to play them in their original forms instead … but then, both Crash and Spyro are important parts of the PlayStation legacy, so you have to include them, right? It will be interesting to see which games Sony has picked once the full lineup is revealed, though I’m sure there will be more than a few disappointed Legend of Dragoon fans out there when that game inevitably doesn’t make the cut.