The PS Classic didn't turn out the way Sony, or gamers, really hoped. So, naturally, the only response left is to discount the living hell out of it to the point where it's basically free.
In Australia, if you want the PS Classic it'll set you back - at best - $89. That's how much Domayne are charging, which is already a substantial price drop given the PS Classic was selling for $149.95 three months ago.
Overseas, retailers are being substantially more aggressive. Remember the German retailer that was giving Fallout 76 away for free every time when you bought a controller?
GameStop are running a promotion in Germany, Austria and Switzerland where anyone buying a used PlayStation 4 or Xbox One controller gets a free copy of the online shooter.
That's basically what's starting to happen to the PS Classic. Our Gizmodo UK colleagues have reported that the PS Classic is now being bundled in as a sweetener for 12-month phone and 30-day SIM only plans through Fonehouse or Vodafone.
If you just wanted the console, buying it outright would be cheaper. But when the console is no longer a drawcard ... that's a pretty steep decline after three months.
Over in Canada, Costco are literally flogging the PS Classic away for $CAD30, which is just under $32 in dollarydoos:
PS Classic now selling at Costco for a measly 30 bucks Canadian
Remember: this came out 2 months ago TO THE DAY at $130 Canadian
This is easily THE biggest videogaming flop of our generation, bar none. Holy SHIT pic.twitter.com/HyBZbQ1KjR
— ???????? Izzy Nobre (@MrNobre) February 3, 2019
That's a quarter of the price from launch. It's not even a major sale period like Black Friday or Boxing Day, where that kind of substantial discount would make sense. It's simply a reaction to demand: the PS Classic didn't stick at all, and retailers are finding themselves stuck with unwanted inventory.
Over in Kuwait, online retailer X-cite is posing a question. What would you rather as a bonus with a new PS4 or PS4 Pro, a second controller or the PS Classic?
You'd probably get more value out of the controller.
It's a shame, because the idea of the PS Classic had so much promise. On the bright side, despite the borked emulation, we can at least appreciate that the PS Classic had some smashing ads.