You might have heard the shit show of hate when the all-new PS Plus went live last month, bringing with it PS1 classics on the PS4 and PS5.
There was one major issue. Sony used the PAL 50hz versions of the games, dropping the performance greatly when compared to the NTSC versions.
This tweet below went viral when ANPP+ went live in Asia on May 23rd, as you can hear the disappointment in his voice.
Looks like PS1 classics are using 50hz PAL versions instead of NTSC. NTSC PS1 feels much smoother than emulated version. 😑😑😑 pic.twitter.com/5q3kRn353h— The_Marmolade (@the_marmolade) May 23, 2022
Sony did try to right this issue, dropping an update that upscales the PAL 50hz code, which has only created a ghosting effect during gameplay.
Sony has released a patch for a few PS1 Classics on the PS4/PS5 that "improves" the PAL output.— Windy Corner TV – Robert (@windycornertv) May 27, 2022
The patch upscales the PAL code to 60hz by blending frames.
But the technique has introduced these horrible ghosting artifacts.
Here's a before and after comparison.#ps5 #ps4 pic.twitter.com/S1yphRrKuQ
Now Mr. Marmolade is BACK, confirming that ANPP+ PS1 classics in Japan are the Japanese NTSC versions of these PS1 classics from our childhood.
I'm happy to confirm that Japanese version of Ape Escape PS1 on PlayStation Classics for PS5/PS4 are indeed running the NTSC version meaning no 50hz or game performance problems compare to the other regions offerings 🙌🙌🙌 pic.twitter.com/BPx4iuyTzx— The_Marmolade (@the_marmolade) June 1, 2022
This doesn’t mean that us North American users are in the clear yet. If you remember correctly, 9 out of the 20 games on the US PlayStation Classic mini-console are the PAL 50hz versions. Sony is great about moving two steps forward, then tripping over their own feet, falling almost two steps back.
With 12 days to go until the all-new PS Plus launches in North America, we will see how good Sony will be treating the rest of us paying customers.
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