A "PC Classic" is in the works, promising 80s/90s DOS games to TV form factors

Is this really necessary?


A "PC Classic" is in the works, promising 80s/90s DOS games to TV form factors

With the popularity of "Classic" mini consoles, it was only a matter of time before somebody attempted the same thing for DOS games in the PC, cashing in on the craze of console miniaturisation that has taken the world by storm. 

Unit-e has revealed their "PC Classic" mini console, offering users the ability to play DOS Classics with ease, offering joystick support and keyboard/mouse support when appropriate, offering "at least 30 games" on the console itself as well as the ability to purchase more titles individually. 

The mini console is targetting a price tag of $99, with plans to ship the unit with a gamepad and potentially deliver a mini keyboard and mouse with the system. The system will also ship in classic PC beige and in another undisclosed colour option. 

The device itself offers support for three USB ports, two at the front and one at the back, with support for both HDMI and composite video out. The company also plans to generate the funding required to manufacture the PC Classic and license the gaming IP for the system's included titles by using crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter or IndieGoGo. 

The main problems that this device faces the "PC Classic" is the widespread availability of many DOS classics on modern operating systems though gaming websites like GOG, Steam and a variety of DOS emulators, calling into question the need for such a device. 

Would you be interested in purchasing a "PC Classic" console? You can join the discussion on Unit-e PC Classic on the OC3D Forums

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Most Recent Comments

19-11-2018, 06:56:00

Saw it a couple of days ago. Silly idea IMO.Quote

19-11-2018, 07:11:12

As your article says with GOG is there really any need or use, considering they don't have the IP licenses eitherQuote

19-11-2018, 07:13:22

And the thing is most every one who would remember classic PC games would have a PC now and be playing them any way. PC gamers didn't just get into PC gaming and then stop. Any one who would care about these games would either already have them or not care, but still have a PC any way.Quote

19-11-2018, 08:39:18

or the second option of buying a PC that has native DOS support for a lot less than this. £25 quid will buy you a nice p3 with 256mb of ram, a GeForce 2 and windows 98 pre-installed.
Though agreed GOG, Steam, Origin ect probably already cover 90% of the games that people want and the original studios have probably been bought out by the likes of EA ect. can't see this taking off, though I like the design, colour and if they made the floppy drive an SD slot that would be a good gimmick.Quote

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