We’ll be honest, when it was rumoured that Sony was bringing PS1 games to PS5 and PS4 as part of PS Plus Premium, we didn’t believe it. Then, when it was confirmed, we expected the absolute bare minimum. So, all credit goes to the Japanese giant for actually exceeding our expectations: rewind, upressing, and even some Trophies have been included. And now the games are beginning to release in Asia, we have even more details.
Like most modern emulators, there’ll be a variety of display options for PS1 titles. This includes the ability to play at native resolution, 4:3 for 16:9, and even stretched if you’re some kind of sinner. There are also a trio of filters you can apply, including Default, Retro Classic (which is effectively a CRT), and Modern. We’re not entirely sure what the last option is doing, but here are some comparisons from Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee, as uploaded by BrokenSwiftie to Reset Era:
All in all, we’re pretty happy with the variety of options available here – it really does look like Sony has done a decent job. As mentioned in our Ridge Racer 2 screenshots story, we still need to see these games in motion to draw any firm conclusions, but things are looking pretty good so far.
Does this mean that at least one Oddworld game is confirmed for the service?
Edit: It seems a number of articles to the affirmative have appeared on this site in the last hour or so.
I'll likely play them with the Retro filter on for sure but in stretched 16:9 mode, only because the black borders around are distracting when viewing them on modern screens. Modern mode looks like one of those simple smooth filters. It'd be nice if over time some developers would consider AI upscaling as an update.
Sadly, I think our site is killing these images, the CRT one in particular. You can view the original images BrokenSwiftie posted here:
I'm really curious how many people actually use the CRT filters on emulators like this.
@ATaco I prefer it with sprite based games.
I can't tell the difference between the 3. Glad there doing so much though for the older games. Can't wait to get the list of games
I always turn CRT filters on.. for about 2 seconds!
Did I miss something or do we have a full list of the games that are coming now then? I saw some had been announced.
I’m really confused about the whole thing. I’ve seen a lot of articles but I figure I am going to wait until it launches to dig into it. Would like to know exactly what games we are getting though.
Who would want to play them CRT? I'm sure most people will want to play these games "enhanced", better than they were back in the day. The options are great don't get me wrong.
So is the modern mode basically the enhanced mode?
@ATaco I always use CRT filters when emulating, older games were designed to be seen on those TVs and so certain shading techniques rely on a CRT.
This is from Zero Tolerance on the Mega Drive and shows just how much better it looks with a CRT filter.
CRT filters always look better to me too. Especially ps1 games, just doesn't look right without them.
Does Abe also have trophies?
I'll definitely have the CRT filter on, I just hope it actually works. Some implementations via emulation have had me left wanting. I'm surprised they don't attempted another form of filter like a snowy/grainy CRT filter as well. I'm really hoping all my psone games can be played. I would love to finally play Suikoden!
@Snake_V5 Sprite games actually benefit a lot more in CRT mode since it helps give more details in those games.
Best to see a video to fully understand what I'm trying to say.
@nessisonett an example of how opinions vary - to me the CRT filter on right looks like rubbish. In all my emulators I use one of the Smoothing filters
@JuggaloRazzam The website modified the pictures apparently, read sammy's comment.
I'm really glad these games have the options!
I think I may be one of the weird ones, I normally prefer to play with no filters whatsoever. Give me that blocky pixelated or polygonal look any day!
I love positivity but 3 almost black screenshots doesn't really paint the picture.
Given we've all been able to play PS1 and PS2 games for years on our Vitas, and perhaps not done so, I suspect it will be a one week wonder.
Each to their own, but for me though I tend to play a game and then move on; there's nothing from the last 30 years of gaming I am thinking if only I could have another 5 hours with that, but there's plenty from the last 2 years of gaming I am still to get to.
@lolwhatno - read my comment again - it was directed towards @nessisonett comment. I’ve used emulators for a long time and in my opinion CRT filters suck @$$! I prefer Smoothing Filters. That’s my solid opinion.
Not going for premium until there’s tomb raider and metal gear solid
Whilst the "game rewind",& other such features will be only for some games,I'm encouraged seeing touches like this being as part of the package. 👍
Certainly feels like more effort so far compared to say Take-two's lazy GTA definitive edition remaster!
It would have been good to see a screenshot of a 3d game to tell if the resolution has been increased or not
@JuggaloRazzam have you tried Hyperspacemadness (HSM) reflective bezel filters in Retroarch - they are awesome. The game reflects in the bezel of the CRT for realism.
Disc backwards compat. would be the system seller here
I wish they'd add the CRT curvature to the effect, you know how CRT screens have those rounded corners and bulge caused by the screen being curved and not flat
@JuggaloRazzam Same here — a good smoothing filter is the closest thing we can get to reproducing how games looked on CRTs. The so-called 'CRT' filters are almost always designed by people who seemingly haven't had enough childhood experience with real CRTs to realize (for example) the scanlines aren't visible unless you're extremely close to the screen.
@get2sammyb actual credit goes to flutta who sent me the images on discord
@JuggaloRazzam Oh my bad, just read that one reply.
Apologies for the misunderstanding.
@tofuman86 I second that!!! I've still got every game I've ever had which is why I'll never get rid of my launch PS3!
Just finished New 'n' Tasty main campaign (but still playing through Alf's Escape) and I would happily replay the original game. It's just so good!
Looking at the screenshots here, I would choose the default filter. Like @MiaowMinx said, the scanlines were not that visible on CRTs unless you sit very close to the screen, therefore not many emulated games do look better with it enabled.
The 'modern' filter here is probably just a (slight) anti-aliasing, but it's too dark.
crt shader>crt filter
@WadeIsInsane I find stretched way more distracting than black borders, especially on games I've played before because my brain will be telling me something is off the whole time if everything is the wrong shape, whereas black borders on either side are no more distracting than the wall behind my TV.
@nessisonett That's a great example - the artwork of games from this era was made with CRT displays in mind, so the way they blur pixels together is something the developers worked with when they were creating the artwork. So the way it looks with the filter on is how it is supposed to look.
@get2sammyb I never realized how scary Abe looks when you zoom in all the way
Who wants to play ps1 & ps2 games on a ps5? They look awful. The games I'd really want to play like marvel vs capcom 2 will never be available in a million years so what's the point? 99% of the games available are already out on the store
Wish I could just play my original Abe's Oddysee disc on PS5 (and the rest of my collection), like on PS3.
@get2sammyb Thanks for the extra effort its really appreciated.
Glad to see we're getting plenty of features/options!
@Ryany you said “what’s the point when 99% games are available in the store…”, that’s like saying “what’s the point of Netflix 99% movies are available on DVD”. Get it? This is about Playstation Plus Premium- it’s gives you access to hundreds of games for a monthly/yearly fee ($120/yr = $10/mo) without having to buy per game. Think Netflix, but for gaming 👍. & never say never : https://www.psu.com/news/marvel-vs-capcom-2-remaster-talks-have-begun/
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