If you’ve been waiting to finally play the PlayStation Plus retro classics in Europe, we have good news. Sony has confirmed that it intends to release 60Hz NTSC options.
After previous criticism for using 50Hz PAL versions with retro games on PS4 and PS5, Sony has issued a statement about twitter (opens in new tab) earlier today. “We are planning to release NTSC options for most classic games offered on the PlayStation Plus Premium and Deluxe plan in the Asia, Europe, Middle East, India, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand regions.”
Unfortunately, Sony hasn’t said when these options will come to PlayStation Plus, but it’s a big win for anyone looking to dive into these retro games. Thanks to a lower frame rate, the European and Australian 50Hz PAL editions are considered inferior to the North American and Japanese 60Hz NTSC versions. By providing a 30 frames per second boost in gameplay, it’s a smoother experience.
While this regional difference is no longer the issue it once was, this past pattern means it’s an issue re-releases face today, making NTSC options a welcome addition. It’s certainly a much better solution than Sony’s previous approach, which saw the publisher upscaling PAL games through frame blending, creating a ghosting effect.
slowly getting there
Sony hasn’t confirmed why it opted for PAL editions for these retro re-releases, but it’s speculated that this could be because they contain multiple language support. However, despite Sony’s own choices, last month’s Asian relaunch of PS Plus confirmed that third-party publishers could choose freely. Mr. Driller, Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee and Tekken 2 notably used NTSC versions.
It hasn’t been a consistent approach and it’s worth noting how Sony has confirmed that only NTSC options will be available for “most classic games”. Naturally, this is great news for the wider lineup, but there will be those select few who won’t benefit from an upgrade to 60Hz.
Still, I’m impressed by Sony’s efforts, it’s clearly going the extra mile with these retro re-releases. Available individually and through PS Plus Premium, each includes some necessary quality of life tweaks. Improved resolution, higher frame rates, optional trophy support, and even visual filters for PS1 games. Now, who’s up for some Ape Escape?