TECH NEWS – PS Plus Premium confirms a few more PS1 and one PSP game coming to the service ahead of its launch next month.
Although Sony recently revealed the wide range of PS1, PS2, PSP, PS3, PS4 and PSP games that will be coming to PS Plus Extra and PS Plus Premium when they launch next month, this was just a taste of what’s to come. The exact number of launch titles is unknown, but Sony has promised more than 700 games for PS Plus Premium users.
While North America will get PS Plus Premium on June 13, the service will launch in Asia in about two days.
So after that, leaks and leaked news about exactly what we’ll be able to play will continue to trickle in. Right now, we’re hearing about two new games, one for PSP and one for PS1, that will be available.
The two new titles are Ridge Racer 2 on the PSP and Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee on the PS1. Ridge Racer 2 is an arcade-style racing game where players choose a car, a gearbox and a song to race against others. Certain vehicles can be unlocked, and, depending on the version of the game, mirror tracks are available. Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee, on the other hand, is a classic platform game, the first of many in a beloved franchise. Players take on the role of Abe as he attempts to free the enslaved Mudokon before they are slaughtered.
Each game has been updated with new features for PS Plus Premium, including rewind and rewind, quick save and video filters. For many, these might not be the most exciting or compelling titles to come to the service, but they’re just two of many. I’m sure there will be fans who will think of them with nostalgia.
It’s worth noting that, at the moment, PS1 and PSP titles coming to PS Plus Premium are the least known section of the service. This is likely due to the addition of new features, as well as other work that is clearly not needed for PS4 and PS5 games coming to the service. As it stands, in addition to the two games mentioned above, PS Plus Premium will include the following PS1/PSP titles:
- Ape Escape
- Hot Shots Golf
- I.Q. Intelligent Qube
- Jumping Flash!
- Syphon Filter
- Super Stardust Portable
- Mr. Driller
- Tekken 2
- Worms World Party
- Worms Armageddon
As we approach the Asian launch of PS Plus Premium, fans can probably expect to see more titles coming to the service. Ultimately, of course, they’ll know for sure on 13 June and should bear in mind that there may be regional differences.
Trophy collection on!
It looks official that some PS Plus Premium PS1 games will even have trophy support. Bend Studio has recently confirmed that PS1 classic Syphon Filter will be getting trophies for PS Plus Premium, including its own platinum. Now that PS Plus Premium is starting to roll out in specific Asian markets, more PS1 games with trophies have leaked online, shared by Exophase.
According to Exophase, Wild Arms, IQ: Intelligent Qube, Hot Shots Golf, and Ape Escape will join Syphon Filter in trophy support.
It’s unclear whether all games will have Platinum Trophies, but more information on that should come to light as we get closer to the PS Plus Premium launch date in Japan, North America and other parts of the world.
However, the Exophase leak doesn’t just confirm that there will be trophy support for more PS1 games. It also ensures a game for PS Plus Premium that Sony did not previously announce. It appears that PS Plus Premium subscribers can expect to receive the classic JRPG game Wild Arms when the service launches, assuming this information is accurate.
PS1-specific filters coming?!
Emulator display options are always a point of contention among fans, but one thing they often agree on is that the more options and features, the better. PS Plus doesn’t disappoint: it includes the ability to play PS1 games in native resolution, choose between 4:3 or 16:9 aspect ratio, or even play the game stretched. However, the prominent feature revealed is the ability to play PS1 games using a display filter, in fact, one of three possible filters – Default, Retro Classic and Modern.
It’s not entirely sure what these different display filters do to the picture, but the Retro Classic filter seems to have made the picture look similar to classic CRT-type television, which could prove to be a serious nostalgia blow for fans who remember playing PS1 games on their TVs many years ago. Once PlayStation releases footage of actual gameplay showing these filters in action, it will be clearer exactly how they will affect the PS1 games that players will be able to dive into once the service is activated.
Some upcoming digital PS1 games are listed with trophies on Exophase
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