Sony released the PlayStation Classic last fall, and it hasn’t really sold all that well, being marked down as much as 70% or given away for free as a promotional item. The system is marred by a few problems: half the games are the PAL versions (they run slower in NTSC regions), no analog controls, and the included games aren’t all that great.
I believe Sony could right the ship and release a peripheral add-on that could fix this system, and that involves taking a cue from modders: all you need is a USB flash drive.
I designed this flash drive to look like a PS1 memory card. It features a USB pass-through for a controller. When this is plugged-in, it will look like the system has a memory card inserted.
This drive would patch the included PAL games and switch them to NTSC, include drivers for all Dualshock controllers (gamers would need to bring their own), and most importantly: a bunch of additional games. Ape Escape, Parappa the Rappa, Crash Bandicoot, Dino Crisis, and so on.
A 4GB thumb drive goes for $10 these days. Sony could sell this for $15-$20 as a standalone product, and even bundle it with PlayStation Classics currently sitting in stores (bringing the MSRP of those back to $100). By giving customers the chance to add games to a mini classic system, Sony would have the chance to do what Nintendon’t.