Sony have revealed that the PlayStation Classic’s library will be partly based on the PAL versions of their limited library of games. Essentially, this means that several games on the PlayStation Classic will run slower than they did in the original releases.
Older video games would run at 50 hertz, meaning that games that ran at 30 frames per second in America, and would run at 25 frames per second in Europe. Going from current gaming speeds to classic will be jarring anyway, but this will have a bigger effect on racing games and timing effects on fighting games.
Sony confirmed the news in a blog post for the PlayStation Classic today. While it was assumed that European PlayStation Classics would retain their PAL versions, for some reason the North American version is following suit. The games based on the PAL releases 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, and Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six.
In the same blog post, Sony also closes the rumour that the PlayStation Classic will ever be upgradeable with more games. “The PS Classic is preloaded with 20 of the best games from the original PlayStation, it is not possible to purchase additional games for PlayStation Classic.”
The PlayStation Classic releases on December 3.