PS Plus: PS1 games running at 50Hz PAL


The newly updated PlayStation Plus has launched in Europe and it has been confirmed that a number of classic games within the catalogue are the 50Hz PAL versions, as per Video Games Chronicle.

There are currently 13 PS1 games available on the service at the premium tier and VGC has confirmed that seven of those games are based on the PAL version.

This is important because PAL versions of games generally run worse than NTSC versions of the same title.

They have a lower refresh rate and VGC claims that PAL games run at a slower speed rate of 20%.

They can only reach a frame rate of 50fps, and the games that are currently based on these versions are as follows: Ape Escape, Everybody’s Gold, Jumping Flash, Kurushi, Syphon Filter, Wild Arms and Worms World Party.

Sony has rolled out a patch that is designed to improve the PAL output and attempts to raise the output from 50Hz to 60Hz but this has its own issues, adding a ghosting effect on some television screens.

By comparison, Tekken 2, Mr Driller and Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee are all at 60Hz with their NTSC versions.

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It is strange that Sony has released more than half of these classic PS1 titles with demonstrably inferior versions but they have confirmed that there is a plan to roll out NTSC options.

They tweeted: “We’re planning to roll out NTSC options for a majority of classic games offered on the PlayStation Plus Premium and Deluxe plan in Asia, Europe, Middle East, India, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand regions.”

As per the report, this began in Asia, with PAL versions being of the first-party PlayStation games being added, but this was fixed in North America, where the NTSC versions were rolled out.

It appears a fix is coming in Europe, too.

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