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(Pocket-lint) – The new PlayStation Plus levels have launched in the UK, and fans of retro games may be dismayed to learn that over half of the classic PSOne games available to PS Plus Premium subscribers are in their PAL 50Hz version.
However, Sony has confirmed that it will offer “NTSC options” for most of them in the future.
The problem with PAL 50Hz games is that they are traditionally slower than their NTSC 60Hz counterparts. Also, modern flat screen TVs are not designed to efficiently reproduce 50 Hz titles.
This was not a problem in the case of British CRT TVs, which were PAL in nature. But modern TVs run best at 30Hz, 60Hz, or 120Hz, so PAL versions of games can drop frames, stutter, and generally perform poorly.
So being able to play these games at 60Hz native will improve things a lot.
VGC reports that Ape Escape, Everyone’s Golf, Jumping Flash, Kurushi, Siphon Filter, Wild Arms, and Worms World Party are currently running at 50Hz, with only six games already being offered at 60Hz.
Classic games are only available at the top tier of the new PS Plus, while Premium members have access to PS1, PS2, PS3 and PSP games, as well as a collection of over 400 PS4 and PS5 games.
You can check out the full list of games here.
Written by Rick Henderson.