Sony Computer Entertainment Europe will soon begin offering downloadable, emulated version of original PlayStation games that were previously only available in Japan and the United States.
Publishers can now submit their Japanese and American PlayStation titles for approval by SCEE, where they will be considered for release "as is" with original Japanese or English language game content.
Such titles will still need ratings from local ratings boards before seeing European release, and will need to comply with legal requirements for licensed content such as included real-world products, sports stadiums and music.
Titles will run at the original 60 Hz refresh rate used by Japanese and U.S. NTSC TVs, meaning older European TVs that run on the 50 Hz PAL standard may not be able to display the content.
Sony did not mention what titles would be released under the new program, but confirmed that "a few are already in the process" of being approved. The policy opens the door for critically acclaimed Square Enix titles like Chrono Cross
and Parasite Eve
to be available in the region for the first time.
Sony is inviting players to comment on the announcement thread
with specific requests for titles they'd like to see released, promising to speak to publishers about bringing the most-requested titles to the European PlayStation Store.