Sony admits the latest free games have a major problem

PlayStation Plus Essential, Extra and Premium are finally available in the UK, giving subscribers three new tiers of unique benefits and video games to play.

Of the three tiers, PlayStation Plus Premium is by far the most exciting. After years of requests, this brand new level brings with it a number of classic PS1, PS2 and PSP – all playable on PS4 and PS5. Now that those of us in the UK can finally access PS Plus Premium, we can finally enjoy bangers like siphon filter and Toy Story 2: Buzz Lightyear to the Rescue.

Unfortunately, many have noticed that classic games don’t look as good as they should on newer hardware. Turns out there’s a pretty simple reason for that.

In short, Sony chose to use 50Hz PAL ROMs rather than higher 60Hz NTSC versions for some games. While a patch has since been released which attempts to emulate 60Hz for 50Hz titles, the result has led to a rather ugly “ghosting” effect, as you can see documented below.

It’s obviously not a good look for Sony when its own official emulation is clearly one of the least effective methods, especially considering all the unofficial emulators that manage to make classic PlayStation games absolutely glorious.

Fortunately, Sony finally acknowledged these performance issues and promised to offer users the much improved NTSC option soon.

“We plan to roll out NTSC options for the majority of classic games offered on the PlayStation Plus Premium and Deluxe plan in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, India, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand” , the company confirmed via the official PlayStation Europe Twitter account.

Hopefully this patch comes sooner rather than later so we can focus on the much more enjoyable activity of enjoying the vast library of new and old games.

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