25 Aug PopNerd Retro! Playstation Long Boxes – PopNerdTV
WE LOOK AT THE HISTORY OF THE ORIGINAL PLAYSTATION LONG BOXES AND HOW THEY ARE A HOT COLLECTORS ITEM.
Back in the fall of 1995 the Playstation One launched in the United States, and much like Sega Saturn, which launched that summer the Playstation utilized what was known as long boxes to house and contain the gaming awesomeness inside. These long boxes however would not last and by the first full year into the system the long boxes were replaced with the standard jewel cases that we came to know and loathe.
20 years after it’s release the Playstation One is still a highly touted and sought after gaming system on the retro market, and it’s games including the Playstation One Long Boxes are becoming sought after collectors items. So, let’s look at the list of games available and the long box styles that they come in.
THREE TYPES OF LONG BOXES
When long boxes first released with the system there really wasn’t a rhyme or reason as to which style of long box they were. It really seemed to be all dependent on what the publisher wanted to do. For instance King’s Field which was the 2nd game ever to release for the PSOne came in what would be known as the Ridged Case, because of the ridged spine. But then games like Destruction Derby and Battle Arena Toshinden, which released in the launch window came with the Cardboard Case or the Long Jewel Case reminiscent of the classic CD jewel case that all games would go to.
So, again there really was now pattern to what style the long boxes came in. There were only 106 Playstation Long Box games made and distributed. And some of the 106 actually had variants, meaning they sold in two different style, though they were usually always a Ridged Case and Cardboard Case combination. In fact I’ve never seen or heard of any of the games having a variant in all 3 styles.
Regardless there was just something about the Long Boxes even though they were big, bulky and usually never well constructed as they would crack and break apart easily. They did however seem to try and tie the 32-bit era of video games with 16-bit era of large cases in the SNES cardboard cases or the Genesis hard plastic cases. Because there were only 106 made they have become a pretty rare collectors item in the last five to ten years. While many can be found pretty simply some are going to be extremely hard to find and even if you do find them you’ll have to fork over a sizable amount to get your hands on them.