9 Of the Games On The PlayStation Classic Will Be The PAL Versions

Sony’s decision to include PAL releases on the NTSC version of the PlayStation Classic sure hertz.


With the release of the PlayStation Classic just a week away, Sony has released new information on the 32-bit micro-console. Unfortunately, it’s not quite the news fans might have been hoping for.

In a PlayStation Blog post published today,  SIEA Social Media Manager Justin Massongill revealed that the system, which retails for $99 and is set to release on December 3rd, will include the PAL versions for 9 of the console’s 20 games.

The PAL releases included with the PlayStation classic are:


  • 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

This poses a real issue for several of the games featured on the console. In case you were unaware, games using the PAL standard were designed to run at 50 Hz as opposed to NTSC titles, which run at 60 Hz. This means games that depend on precise button timing such as Tekken 3 and Cool Boarders 2, will feel noticeably different than you may remember them unless you happen to be from Europe. In that case, you’ll feel right at home when slogging your way through the 45% of the games on the PlayStation Classic that have been affected by this regional dilemma.

So, is this going keep you from plunking down the cash on the system when it launches next week? Sound off in the comments and let us know what you think of Sony’s decision to use the PAL versions of these games on the NTSC version of the console.

Frank has been the caffeine-fueled evil overlord of HeyPoorPlayer since 2008. He speaks loudly and carries a big stick to keep the staff of the HPP madhouse in check. A collector of all things that blip and beep, he has an extensive collection of retro consoles and arcade machines crammed into his house. Before founding the site, Frank was a staff writer for the blogs Gaming Judgement and NuclearGeek.
  • SiliconNooB

    Not even PAL gamers want to be fucking with PAL versions of PS1 games these days. They’re about 15% slower, and they have big black borders at the top and bottom of the screen. The PS1 Classic is basically just trash. People would be better off buying an awesome emulation device like Nvidia Shield TV and then syncing up a Dualshock 3 to it!

    • Agreed. The only thing that can really remedy this issue is if players are able to add their own games to the console as was possible with the SNES and NES Classic. Thankfully, given the fact that the PlayStation Classic uses a readily-available emulator, it seems likely this will be the case.

      Still, it’s really disappointing that Sony would put so little effort into a device that should have been an instant-win for the company. Few consoles carry the legacy of Sony’s original 32-bit offering. How they managed to bungle such a seemingly guaranteed hit is almost a masterwork in hubris.

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