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.