‘Half of PlayStation Classic games are slower PAL versions’

Nine of the twenty games on the PlayStation Classic are PAL versions, meaning they keep the original 50 Hz frequency. These are the versions that we are used to in Europe, but that play slower than the original 60 Hz versions (NTSC) that American gamers played at the time.

When you play 50 Hz games, you have to deal with a consistently slower frame rate. This used to be necessary because European screens used the 50 Hz frequency. Today, that difference is no longer there, 60 Hz is the worldwide standard for most TVs.

In the video below you can see the difference between a PAL version and an NTSC version.

The next nine games on the PlayStation Classic are PAL versions: Battle Arena Toshinden, Cool Boarders 2, Destruction Derby, Grand Theft Auto, Jumping Flash !, Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee, Resident Evil Director’s Cut, Tekken 3, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six.

Read more information about the PlayStation Classic release in our overview.