Phew! A bullet has been dodged! After Sony made the bizarre decision to release inferior 50Hz PAL versions of PS1 games with PS Plus Premium in NTSC nations like Taiwan, many gamers expected the worst. The Japanese launch offered hope, as the platform holder plumped up for the superior 60Hz builds – but it had little choice, seeing as they’re the only versions that feature Japanese language support.
The acid test was North America, then, and we’re relieved to report that all titles available so far use 60Hz NTSC format. This means they run faster and smoother than their slower PAL counterparts. This applies to all games, including first-party releases like Wild Arms and Ape Escape, which opted for the 50Hz versions in some Asian countries. It’ll come as a relief for North American players who were understandably worried they would get worse versions of the games they grew up with, similarly to the PS Classic console.
Now this doesn’t completely absolve Sony, to be honest. Some of the filters and aspect ratios used by its emulator are still weird, as pointed out in a recent Digital Foundry video. There’s also the small matter of Europe still to come, where we’re likely to end up with the 50Hz versions due to licensing and language support. We could forgive Sony for this sorry situation if rivals such as Nintendo hadn’t already come up with a solution: offer both ROMs and allow users to choose.
Of course, we’ve got our fingers crossed the company will be listening to feedback, and we hope this can all be resolved in due time. In the meantime, if you’re curious which PS1 games you can expect to play with PS Plus Premium, check out our list of All PS Plus Games through the link.
It's a start. I may actually play some of the PS1 games now. 50hz was a deal breaker for me.
As long is there more effort put into making these games playable and raising the quality of the products, retro fans are going to be there with their take my money plz.
So this is a good step forward.
Let's see what happens when it comes to the UK, fingers crossed for the same treatment or at least the option to download either
I bet all those people who were outraged when the original article was published are feeling pretty silly right about now.
Given the NTSC versions are in English (well, American) there is no reason not to use the NTSC versions in the U.K.
Hopefully we still get the PAL version of Ape Escape. I love the voice acting in that.
@BritneyfR_ee To be fair, theyre probably sniffing around intently for the next possible offence. Imagined or otherwise.
@thefourfoldroot1 yep, and at least somehow give the people of Europe a choice, if you need the pal version for some languages
I'm very pleased to have the NTSC, seeing how the PAL version of Ape Escape played poorly in comparison.. Surely hope they keep this up with the new offerings. Ape Escape easily looks the best out of the other PS1 offerings.
If we recieve 50Hz versions in Europe, I will not be considering subscribing. It's not just that they are 50Hz, but that they are 50Hz versions forced into 60Hz, introducing frame pacing problems not present in the original PAL versions, as the PS4 and PS5 can't output 50Hz, though the PS3 could.
That's great, now add more PS1 games to the collection please!
Yeah but will the UK be so lucky 😕
Would be exciting if the selection wasn't so thin
Much like the ending to the original 80's Terminator flick,this is just the pause to the coming PAL storm incoming. A sign of progress would be rolling out both ntsc/PAL options & let the user decide.
Though the underlying concern at this point is the distinct lack of ps1/ps2/psp titles on offer so far.
In territories like mine where streaming/ps now wasn't available the value for money factor for Deluxe is questionable atm.
Games like Suikoden 1 & 2,Alundra, Adventures of Lomax,Blood Omen Legacy of Kain, Dino Crisis 1 & 2, RE 2 & 3,FF Origins & IV-VI,Breath of fire series or other jrpg's,Hypersports,Twisted Metail World Tour & or others, even Colony Wars series,or Wing Commander 3 & 4 are a few to come to mind.
PS2 options are even worse,no expansion beyond Jak & Daxter? Surely Ratchet & Clank PS2 series, Sly Raccoon series,God of War 1 & 2, Gran Turismo 3? Third parties like the Maximo series, Capcom Classics collection,Need for Speed Underground's 1 & 2,SSX Series,GTA LCS/VCS,Bully,The Warriors,. I'm sure there's others I've missed, but there doesn't feel like many resources have been thrown at the retro games engineering/Q.A. thus far for what's supposed to be a feature buying into the most expense tier,especially if you don't have or are keen on streaming ps3 games if/when that is available. 🤔
who cares, these games deserve to emulated on pc to experience them fully
So what will happen to Asias PS Plus Deluxe/Premium Sony should also give them a NTSC option too it would be unfair for Asians if they don’t.
Remember, this is Sony. So here in the UK I expect nothing but PAL versions unfortunately. And if that's the case, I personally won't touch them.
The obvious solution is to offer both 50hz and 60hz versions but again, this is Sony. They don't really do things that make sense.
If for Europe it's a matter of language support, enthusiastic modders manage to create language patches. I'm sure Sony could easily implement that on NTSC versions as well... but they won't I'm sure.
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