What do you expect from Retro PlayStation Games on PS5 and PS4?

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There was an unexpected thrill during this very boring month earlier today when a batch of classic Siphon Filter games were scheduled for release on PlayStation 5 and PS4 in South Korea. Versions – expands on pretty much every entry in the series, apart from the PS2 outing Siphon filter: Omega Dynasty And the third game in the series – confirms we could be on the cusp of a renaissance for PlayStation retro versions, courtesy of the upcoming PS Plus Premium.

However, Sony has yet to reveal the full details, other than the fact that PS1, PS2 and PSP games will be playable locally, while PS3 will be limited to cloud-only streaming. PlayStation Chief User Jim Ryan promised that they looked “cool” but failed to elaborate on the finer points, which begs the question: What to do Really anticipation? Nintendo, despite all the criticism it’s received, has done a decent job of expanding its Switch Online catalog and adding some Quality of Life features, like saves and even replayable gameplay with NES, SNES, and SEGA Genesis emulators.

These, in our opinion, are the bare minimum – especially when it comes to playing PS1 games on PS5. Most modern PC emulators come with a host of features that breathe new life into classic games, whether it’s adding filters to the visuals or letting you stop your progress wherever you are. There are plenty of assemblies on PS4, in fact, that offer similar functionality – the SEGA Genesis Classics set immediately springs to mind.

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Looking at the comments on the Siphon candidate article mentioned above, some are expecting awards as well. Although Sony has filed several patents over the years, this has been seen as a bottleneck during the company’s short-lived PS2 Classics program, with one engineer stating that it could take up to three months to add the trophies to older games. Conversely, there are websites like RetroAchievements that work alongside software like RetroArch to support achievements in older games – and amusingly, the Siphon Filter series is fully supported.

There is also a question as to whether PlayStation will repeat the fundamental sin of offering 50Hz versions of games when 60Hz versions exist. This is an inexplicable omission with PS Classic, killing any interest key players had in this product, and it certainly can’t be replicated again. With PS Plus Premium launching on May 23 in parts of Asia, we’re expecting some sort of official confirmation soon. In the meantime, we’re curious what the features are you I think a retro Sony simulation will be presented.

As always, let us know what to expect in the surveys and comments section below. Do you think this would be a straightforward simulation without the bells and whistles, or do you expect Sony to do more work to deliver quality-of-life improvements such as saves, returns and possibly even prizes?

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