According to insiders, Sony didn’t see the large volume it had expected for the limited edition console. The underlying reason(s) is unclear, and Sony remains silent.
Extreme Tech says the ‘poor’ game list may be partly to blame. Nintendo’s SNES Classic boasted critically acclaimed titles like Donkey Kong Country, Final Fantasy VI, Star Fox, Super Mario Kart, Super Mario World, Super Metroid, and even some previously unreleased games.
Final Fantasy VII, Metal Gear Solid, and Tekken 3 served as the standout titles for Sony’s retro system.
Still, others argue that the issue is more fundamental – pointing to insufficient hardware usage. For example, the SoC found inside the SNES was proven to run the Playstation’s games smoother than the actual MediaTek SoC found inside the Classic. And this is despite inferior RAM and SoC technology inside the SNES Classic.
Whatever the cause, Sony is hoping to help retailers shed inventory by cutting the price to just $60 per system across all online platforms.