PlaystationPlus Now Has Classic Games – But The Worse Versions of Them

Ape Escape (Image: Sony)

Ape Escape (Image: Sony)

With the rollout of PlayStation Plus now underway in select markets, fans were delighted to see some classic PS1 and PSP games available in the updated catalog. With PS1 emulation, fans have access to the older and beloved games such as Ape Escape, Everybody’s Gold, Kurushi, Wild Arms and more. However, with Sony’s distribution of these games starting in Asian markets, fans have begun to notice very concerning details regarding the speed of the games.

Twitter User @The_Marmolade took to social media remarking that one of the Deluxe PS Plus games, Ape Escape, was based on the original PAL (Phase Alternating Line) version of the game, running at 50 HZ, which is significantly slower than the standard NTSC versions that most markets have. Although @The_Marmolade bought this game in Indonesia (a PAL market), Sony [SONY] is also distributing the PAL versions of the game in Taiwan, a known NTSC market. This would indicate that Sony intends to rollout PAL versions of all their first-party games in all markets. Editor of VGC News, Andy Robinson confirmed that all of the classic games released in Taiwan were their PAL versions.

PAL is the video format used in televisions that broadcast at 50Hz. These versions of the games run at significantly slower speeds and have a frame rate of about 25 frames per second. NTSC games, however, are formatted for 60Hz, the standard broadcast format in North America and other markets. These games run at 30fps and can display at better resolutions. The PAL problem with the PS Plus Classic games seems to only exist with the first-party games offered. Third-party selections such as Tekken 2, Abe’s Oddysee and Syphon Filter are available in NTSC format.


This is not the first time, however, the classic Playstation games re-releasing in PAL format. The 2018 release of the Playstation Classic featured a catalog of games that were almost all completely in the dreaded PAL format, with no explanation from the developers as to why. As the rollout of the delis tiers of Playstation Plus continues in different regions, users may gain more clarity as to why the PAL versions are the ones available, but as of now, Sony has not provided any comment on the situation.

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