Things have become worse with Sony’s PS Plus classics repair

However, Sony has created additional visual issues with the 60 Hz patch for its PlayStation classics.

Sony began its PS Plus makeover in Asia last week, re-releasing PS1, PS2, and PSP titles on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5. Despite this, even in NTSC territories, Sony’s PS1 games run slower than their 60Hz North American and Japanese NTSC equivalents because to the use of slower 50Hz PAL versions of the games.

“Improved PAL output” was the claim of a new patch released by Sony on May 27 to address this problem. It quickly became clear, however, that this upgrade had a negative impact.

By way of Twitter user @windycornertv, a frame blending procedure is used to make these games run at 60Hz by copying and pasting frames together. Jumping Flash, Everybody’s Golf, and Kurushi all used this rudimentary technique to great success. The entire side-by-by-side comparison is shown in the table below.

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There are no official comments from Sony on the decision to offer first-party vintage titles in their original language (PAL). The inclusion of multi-language support is said to be the reason they were selected over the 60Hz NTSC versions, however Sony has not verified this. The NTSC version of Tekken 2 is used by certain third-party titles, so don’t expect this to be a widespread patch.

Far from the best in the business

For Sony’s old PlayStation games, this is not a good look at this point. No matter how hard you try, you’ll be stuck with these ghosting troubles if you use an Asian PlayStation account to get early access to the PlayStation 3.

It’s not all bad news for vintage gamers however; there are some new quality-of-life improvements included in each old game. Upscaling the resolution, increasing the frame rate, and, in certain situations, supporting trophies are all examples. There are a wide variety of resolutions and graphic filters available for PS1 games alone.

If you want to get your hands on some of the best old-school games, PS Plus Premium is the best option. We’re crossing our fingers that the relaunch of PS Plus in Europe, Australia, and the Americas next month will correct these issues.