Play Several PS1 Classics on Current Gen Hardware.

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Last month, Sony rolled out a new approach to their long-running PS Plus program featuring tiered subscriptions and a meaty catalog of downloadable games to choose from. There’s been plenty of talk about Sony upping their backward compatibility game over the past couple of years. However, you might be disappointed that the PS1 classics lineup included in this subscription service is locked away in the higher tiers. That being said, there’s good news for my fellow nostalgia freaks.

Although the list of games is relatively small at the moment, there is a smattering of classic titles you can purchase on PS4 or PS5 right now. Additionally, if you already purchased these games several years back on the PS3 or Vita, you’ll see them pop up in your library to download free of charge.

Crash and Spyro are (shockingly) nowhere to be seen; there is at least the original Ape Escape. It’s not only a solid collect-a-thon but also the first game to use the (then novel) dual analog controller. Jumping Flash is also a historical curiosity, thanks to being an incredibly early title for the original Playstation and its unique blend of platforming and FPS elements. A case could be made for it being one of the earliest 3D platformers since it predates Super Mario 64 by several months. The PS4 port adds some much-appreciated analog support as the game was initially released before the introduction of the dual analog controllers we’ve come to know and love today.

Sadly, there doesn’t appear to be any trophy support added to these ports, but you get all the bells and whistles you’d associated with emulated games on official hardware. Save states, filters, and the ability to rewind are all here for those inclined.

Although I don’t expect we’ll get nearly as many PS1 classics on the PS4/PS5 as we did for the PS3/Vita, I’m at least hopeful for a bit of a drip feed over the coming months as the PS4 retires. It’s also worth mentioning that some of these titles (notably Tekken, Mr. Driller, and Resident Evil) are still only available with a subscription, but that could change in the future.

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