As of Friday, both Ape Escape and Syphon Filter have been updated, allowing players in Europe to switch from the slower 50hz setting to the full 60hz.
Players in NTSC territories received 60hz versions of the game when the new PlayStation Plus service added them earlier this year. However, PAL territories were largely stuck with the slower-running versions of the games, which, while accurate to the versions originally released in these regions, irked some players.
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PAL games typically run 20% slower than NTSC games, and can only reach maximum frame rates of 50 frames per second.
VGC previously confirmed at the launch of the service that PS5’s Ape Escape, Everybody’s Golf, Jumping Flash, Kurushi, Syphon Filter, Wild Arms and Worms World Party are all based on their PAL versions.
It’s unclear when all of these titles will be updated with the 60hz toggle.
Some games like Jumping Flash also include the patch Sony introduced for “improved PAL output”, which seemingly attempts to increase the 50Hz output to 60Hz to match the NTSC versions’ speed but creates a noticeable ghosting effect as the screen scrolls.
However, third-party games such as Tekken 2, Mr Driller and Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee are already the NTSC 60Hz versions, even though there were PAL versions available.
Sony previously said it was 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.