This should make a number of classic PS1, PS2 PS3 and PSP games run slightly better, as Europe and Asia used PAL at a 50Hz refresh rate, whilst the Americas used NTSC at a 60Hz refresh rate. This essentially meant that back then PAL games would run slightly slower, but also have a slightly higher resolution.
Sony made the statement regarding NTSC options earlier today (June 23), as today marks the launch of the revamped PlayStation Plus tier system in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, India and more.
“We’re planning to roll out NTSC options for a majority of classic games offered on the PlayStation Plus Premium and Deluxe plan,” wrote Sony via the PlayStation Europe Twitter account.
We’re planning to roll out NTSC options for a majority of classic games offered on the PlayStation Plus Premium and Deluxe plan in Asia, Europe, Middle East, India, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand regions. More PlayStation Plus info: https://t.co/KkPZyUdUd7
— PlayStation Europe (@PlayStationEU) June 23, 2022
As of publication it’s unclear when NTSC options will launch for PlayStation Plus in the above regions, or exactly which options players will be able to choose from when it does. “Majority” also suggests that a number of classic games won’t get the NTSC treatment, or at least not straight away.
With Europe, Asia and other regions finally getting the new version of PlayStation Plus, that marks the end of how the service used to work, as the rollout for the new tiered system is complete. Many have been finding that the classic games are lacking however, as the PS3 requires every game to be streamed, and some of the retro-centric options like screen filters actively make some games worse.
You can check out what’s available in each of the tiers right here.