回到 PlayStation 霸業的起點,巴掌大小的 PlayStation Classic 快速動手玩

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雖然可能現在有不少讀者朋友甚至比這款遊戲機的原型更晚出生,但熱愛遊戲的朋友應該不至於不知道顛覆整個遊戲產業的初代 PlayStation ,當年以新穎的 3D 遊戲與許多出色的內容,在當時的遊戲機戰爭脫穎而出,也造就當前 PlayStation 平台霸業的基礎;如今 20 年餘, SIE 以副刻迷你主機 PlayStation Classic 試圖讓老朋友與新朋友體驗當年的精髓。

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回到 1994 年,那年發生了名古屋空難,傳奇賽車手洗拿車禍身故,曼達拉成為南非首位黑人總統,電影獅子王上映,帛琉獨立,台灣第一次大型選舉,神戶發生地震,同時在當年年末, Sony 正式進軍遊戲機產業,發表名為 PlayStation 的遊戲機,成為同年發表的 SEGA 的 Saturn 、以及在 1993 年就推出的 3DO 、 1996 年的 Nintendo 64 進行第五代遊戲機競爭。

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當時屬於遊戲產業新手的 Sony ,會進軍遊戲機產業多半指向與任天堂的合作案破局,當年也沒想到這個有些像是意氣用事的決策,卻成為現今 Sony 集團巨大的獲利來源,當年的硬體競爭對手如 Sega 與 3DO 現今已經退出家用遊戲機市場,而任天堂的 Switch 雖可變身為家用主機,但本質則仍是掌上遊戲機,現今在家用遊戲機的對手,嚴格來說剩下微軟的 Xbox 。

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講到這裡有些扯遠了,還是回到這款充滿往日情懷的迷你遊戲機 PlayStation Classic 上吧,這台 PlayStation Classic 也如同任天堂的迷你紅白機、迷你超級任天堂或是 NeoGeo mini 近似,並非真正意義上的完全復刻,而是以現代新技術重現當時主機的神髓,當然也無法如一些相容主機具備執行當年遊戲片的能力,僅提供內建的多款經典遊戲供遊玩。

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從外包裝來看, Sony 刻意的把 PlayStation Classic 外盒做成與當年日規主機包裝相同,保有白底黃黑相間的復古印刷,不過礙於法規使然,台灣版的外包裝印著 18 禁的標誌不免顯得煞風景,另外包裝的字樣也設法與當初 PlayStation 類似,然而公司名稱已從當初的 SCE 變成現行的 SIE 。

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拿出包裝中的主機, PlayStation  Classic 的外觀就如同 PlayStation 的等比縮小版本,畢竟機構已經不再是當年的光碟主機, PlayStation Classic 上蓋雖乍看下與 PSP 所用的 UMD 大小好像差不多,不過也僅是外觀的點綴,畢竟內建有可容納大量遊戲的快閃記憶體的前提下實在找不出使用光碟的理由(而且光碟機成本更高)。

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也由於內部的機板已是全新的高性能單板電腦,並且因應現行的電視設計,背後的輸出入端子也成為現代化的 HDMI ,同時僅需搭配 5V 2A 變壓器的 mini USB 供電,同時單板電腦本身就已經具備記憶體,當然也不需要再購買額外的記憶卡儲存遊戲,另外專屬的控制器介面現在也只是 USB ,不過 SIE 仍貼心的把控制器的 USB 端子護蓋做成模仿當年的弧形設計。

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雖然主機本體小了許多,但還好 SIE 沒打算惡整玩家,還是維持了與當初第一代 PlayStation 相同的全尺寸控制器設計,拿在手上不免覺得輕盈也是因為復刻的不是第一代 Dual Shock ,而是沒有香菇頭、沒有震動的初代控制器,但當年的基本設計也沿用到如今,獨特的四方向分離方向鍵與正方、三角、圈與叉鍵也成為 Sony 控制器的一貫特色。

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將 PlayStation Classic 插上 HDMI 、裝上自備的變壓器之後,按下開關,就可啟動主機;當然在現代技術下, PlayStation Classic 不再是當初那台需要放入光碟的 PlayStation ,開機後就會進入當年所沒有的 PlayStation Classic 遊戲管理畫面,選擇要遊玩的遊戲就可進入,省卻了光碟讀取與暫存,載入遊戲的速度也比當年快相當多。

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不過畢竟 PlayStation Classic 的遊戲是當年直接移植,並未針對影像強化,而 PlayStation Classic 也未針對現代的寬比螢幕進行調整,所有的內容維持當年 3:2 的 640 x 480 解析度,十足的回到 20 年前,加上現在液晶電視與當時主流的 CRT 電視顯像特性不同,更顯露出 20 年前最頂尖的影像技術如今連基本 3D 手遊的品質都不到 XD

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但話雖如此,回到遊戲本質方面,當年 PlayStation 仍有著許多劃時代的遊戲作品,而 PlayStation Classic 也收錄了許多指標性的遊戲,例如打造遊戲界虛擬偶像始祖永瀨麗子的實感賽車,活用 PlayStation 四個主要按鍵的鐵拳,由小島秀夫一手打造的電影式運鏡動作遊戲潛龍諜影,以及當初需要高達 3 片光碟的龐大內容的 Final Fantacy VII 。

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雖說使用第一代 PlayStation 控制器遊玩這些內容有些辛苦,畢竟在缺乏香菇頭的類比控制下,僅能使用手感比較特殊的分離式十字鍵控制方向,對部分動作類遊戲的操作比較不方便,但對於曾經歷過 20 多年前第五代遊戲機大戰的資深玩家,看到這些作品現在集結在這麼一台小巧可愛的主機內,應該會有莫名的淚水湧出吧。

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當然,對神通廣大的玩家朋友,自然有不透過 PlayStation Classic 就可玩到這些遊戲的辦法,不過畢竟這些迷你版復刻主機賣的是一種情懷與感動,任天堂兩款迷你主機已經證實過這點,相信對 PlayStation 有愛的粉絲要的不僅只是遊戲內容,更是回到往日情懷的感動。

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