To say I’m excited about the potential of PlayStation Now is an understatement. Sure, it’s going to be awesome to be able to play older games that graced a PlayStation console over the last 20 years (here’s to hoping I’ll be playing Chrono Cross on my PS4 soon enough). However, with the technology behind the PlayStation Now, Sony has the opportunity to do so much more with it. Specifically, offer classic games from non-Sony consoles!
There have been a ton of great consoles come and go over the years. Sony should seriously consider supporting a few of these great past consoles, bring some of the best games from each console to the PlayStation Now service, and essentially, create a semi-classic video game catalog that will allow anyone to relive the classics from the comfort of their PS4 console. Which consoles should Sony bring to the PlayStation Now? Take a look below and tell us if you agree with the list.
Note: You’re not going to find Nintendo or Microsoft consoles on this list. It will be a cold day in Hell before you ever see a Nintendo/Microsoft-owned console grace the PlayStation Now, so it’s not worth mentioning. Enjoy the rest of the list.
This is where it all started, folks. Whereas there certainly were other video game consoles that were released before the Atari 2600 (specifically the Magnavox Odyssey series of consoles in the 1970’s), it was the Atari 2600 that really propelled the video game industry into the mainstream. A lot of great games graced the Atari 2600 too – for starters, most of the classic arcade titles from the late 70’s and early 80’s (just stay away from the 2600 version of Pac-Man). Spy Hunter, Burger Time, Galaga, Galaxian and more are just a few of the many great games that were released on the Atari 2600. These games are still great today, and definitely have a place on PlayStation Now.
The TurboGrafx-16 may just be the best console nobody owned. Released in North America in the Fall of 1989, TurboGrafx-16 was designed to compete with Nintendo’s Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), but instead ended up competing against a slew of other competitors – most notable Sega’s Sega Genesis. The first 16-bit console to ever be released, it wasn’t too popular here in North America, but over in Japan (known in Japan as the PC Engine), it outsold the Sega Genesis.
I will say this: the TurboGrafx-16 is home to some of the best arcade shooter ports of the 16-bit/32-bit era. Games such as Gate of Thunder, Super Star Soldier, Soldier Blade, and more are just a few of the many great shooter ports on the console. Plus, the definitive version of the true Metal Gear 2 game (not the Metal Gear 2 abomination we got here in North America) is available on the PC Engine. Personally, I’d love to see a translated version of the PC Engine’s Metal Gear 2.
Neo Geo AES
Speaking of awesome arcade ports, the Neo Geo AES is hope to arguably the best arcade ports to ever grace a console. Why? Because when you purchased a game for the Neo Geo AES, technically, you were purchasing the actual arcade board used in arcade machines. That’s why the cartridges were so huge!
Every game to grace the Neo Geo AES was basically the arcade game you would play on a Neo Geo arcade machine. It was originally designed to be an at-home console for fans of Neo Geo arcade games. When it originally released in 1991, the only way to play Neo Geo arcade games was in the arcades. So if you played a ton of Metal Slug? The logic behind buying the Neo Geo AES was that you would save the money you would spend on quarters and instead buy the console and the games with it. Unfortunately, the console was way too expensive, and the games? A few hundred dollars apiece! T’was the downfall of the Neo Geo AES, but it sure would be great if it could resurface on PlayStation Now!
It seems like you can find some of Sega’s finest classics on nearly every console anymore. From the Nintendo Wii/Wii U to Steam and more, it makes sense that Sega’s consoles could make an appearance on the PlayStation Now. While the Sega Master System and Sega Genesis seems like a given, there are a few other Sega consoles that should make an appearance on the PlayStation Now – most notably the Sega Saturn and Sega Dreamcast.
The Saturn and the Dreamcast had some stellar games – and for my money, the Dreamcast had the strongest day-one launch of any console in history (18 games on launch day!). From Nights Into Dreams to Panzer Dragoon and Snatcher on the Sega Saturn to Crazy Taxi, Jet Grind Radio and the epic Shenmue on the Dreamcast, there are a ton of great games available for both platforms. Make no mistake: Sega has released some of the most memorable games in video game history – and they deserve to be on PlayStation Now!
Which consoles do you want to see on PlayStation Now? Let us know in the comments below!
Article by - Dusty W.
Insert Date: 5/7/2014