Sony is using lower quality PS1 games for PS Plus Premium

Sony is using lower quality PS1 games for PS Plus Premium

Earlier this year, Sony announced PlayStation Plus Premium, a new subscription model for its paid online service. This renewed service offers three subscription levels, the most expensive option being the one that gives players the opportunity to play classic games from the entire Playstation catalogue.

However, with today’s launch of PlayStation Plus Premium in Asia, fans have noticed that many of their games of PS1 they are, in fact, PAL ports of classic titles rather than the original NTSC versions.

Although largely abandoned in the modern era of gaming, the European PAL 50 Hz refresh rate standard is often considered inferior to the NTSC 60 Hz standard in America and Japan. Game developers from the PS1 era primarily optimized their games for NTSC regions and later created what some fans consider inferior PAL ports due to graphics and game speed issues.

European PAL versions of classic games are often ignored by gamers today due to frame rate inconsistencies and noticeable screen jitter on modern 60Hz displays.

PlayStation Plus Premium from Sony It’s already in Asian markets, where it didn’t take long for gamers to realize that the service used PAL ports. Noting games PS1 based on PAL, YouTuber Andshrew uploaded gameplay footage of his PS5 running Ape Escape through the new PS1 emulator.

The game can be seen running at 25fps and producing multiple instances of screen tearing due to the frame rate not syncing with the PS5’s 60Hz output. All current first-party games included in the PlayStation Plus Premium “Classics” catalog are known to be the European PAL versions. Currently the only NTSC games are third-party titles like Toy Story 2 and Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee.

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PlayStation 1 titles currently appearing as PAL versions are Everybody’s Golf, Wild Arms, Jumping Flash, Kurushi, Worms World Party, Worms Armageddon, and Ape Escape. At the time of this writing, Sony has not given details about its decision to use ports from the PAL region instead of the original NTSC ones. Even so, it is not the first time that the company is using PAL ports, to the disappointment of many fans.