PlayStation Classic to Have Lots of PAL Games, Is it a Big Deal?

We are closer to the release date of PlayStation Classic and Sony has now confirmed that many video games on the system are of PAL format. Yes, most of the PlayStation Classic titles will use the PAL format and others will be NTSC.

There are going to be a total of 9 PAL format video games among the total of 20 PlayStation Classic launch titles. Now is this a big deal? In the past games used to be region based and were specially made for them. Now what’s worth noticing is that the PAL versions used to run at 50 Hz frame rates instead of 60 Hz on NTSC.

PAL versions of these games also used to have some strange sound and music issues. Now seeing this same happen to the games on PlayStation Classic was not expected.

This is going to be a problem, especially in fighting games. Tekken 3 is one of them and lower frame rates can make it unplayable. Now you’ll have to think once again if you want to purchase PlayStation Classic or not. Many have now changed their decision because they still remember how bad the PAL format titles can be.

Below we will be mentioning PlayStation Classic launch titles along with PAL or NTSC versions.

PlayStation Classic Video Games by Format

  • Battle Arena Toshinden (PAL)
  • Cool Boarders 2 (PAL)
  • Destruction Derby (PAL)
  • Final Fantasy VII (NTSC)
  • Grand Theft Auto (PAL)
  • Intelligent Qube (NTSC)
  • Jumping Flash! (PAL)
  • Metal Gear Solid (NTSC)
  • Mr. Driller (NTSC)
  • Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee (PAL)
  • Rayman (NTSC)
  • Resident Evil Director’s Cut (PAL)
  • Revelations: Persona (NTSC)
  • R4 Ridge Racer Type 4 (NTSC)
  • Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo (NTSC)
  • Syphon Filter (NTSC)
  • Tekken 3 (PAL)
  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six (PAL)
  • Twisted Metal (NTSC)
  • Wild Arms (NTSC)

PlayStation Classic also supports two-player multiplayer in the following games.

  • Battle Arena Toshinden
  • Cool Boarders 2
  • Destruction Derby
  • Intelligent Qube
  • Mr Driller
  • Ridge Racer Type 4
  • Super Puzzle Fighter 2 Turbo
  • Tekken 3
  • Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six
  • Twisted Meta

Also, Sony has confirmed that you will not be able to use DualShock 4 with it. The only compatible controllers are those which come within the box.

As for games which require you to chance discs like Final Fantasy VII and Metal Gear Solid, you will have press the open button on your console to transition to the next disc.

Each of the video games on PlayStation Classic supports up to 15 virtual memory card slots. If you delete one, you can’t recover it later like the original. There’s no System Link functionality on the system but games do support split-screen play.

It’s an offline-only experience so don’t expect to receive any new games or features on it.

Well, forget everything else as it still packs the original PlayStation One startup sound when you boot it up. The console supports 480p and 720p resolutions. Further upscaling can be done by your TV depending on the model.

You can also check out the official PlayStation Classic unboxing video here to see what’s included.

PlayStation Classic release date is set for December 3 and you can get it for $99.99.