It's a pleasant surprise that they will be honouring PS1 purchases made on older hardware. It's just a shame that the selection of PS1 games is looking pretty anaemic at the launch of the new service. No doubt it will follow the typical monthly drip-feed approach, but PS1/2 had such massive catalogues that it's a shame to see them act like they're hand-cranking an old jalopy here.TL;DR:
So far the line-up for PlayStation includes the following - highlighted are those previously released on PS3:
- New user interface
- Option to save state & rewind your game at any point.
- Digital purchases done from previous platforms (i.e. PS3, PSP/Vita) will carry over if the game is included in the line-up at no extra cost for download.
- Select games will also be available without the need to have the membership.
*Japanese version was released on PS3's PSN store.
- Ape Escape*
- Everybody's Golf (Hot Shots Golf)
- Kurushi Final (I.Q. Intelligent Qube)**
- Jumping Flash!
- Mr. Driller
- Syphon Filter
- Tekken 2
- Worms Armageddon
- Worms World Party
**European version was released on PS3's PSN store.
The line-up for PlayStation Portable includes the following:
For PlayStation 2 they are re-using the titles from their PS2 on PS4 initiative however it's not yet confirmed if they will be patching the games to fix the technical issues affecting most of the catalog (for instance many of them are technically unplayable on PS5).
- Ridge Racers 2
- Super Stardust Portable
I really hope they add some more display options for the PS1 games, like scan lines or the ability to stretch the aspect ratio to proper 4:3. It's annoying that PS1/2 games get horizonally squashed to something closer to 5:4 on modern TVs, and that's not to even mention the awful vertically squashed 50Hz PAL versions of games.
I hadn't realised that there were problem playing the PS2 Classics line on PS5. I have a bunch of them, so I'm glad I kept my PS4.