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PS1 Digital DL Classics For Store: Not Worth The Effort?

While Japan has received plenty of PS1 downloadable classics on the PlayStation Store, the other parts of the world haven't been so lucky. Sure, we've got a few great ones, but nothing like the catalog currently available in the Land of the Rising Sun. But according to SCE Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida, it's about third-parties being reluctant, and the fact that profits wouldn't be significant enough.

Joystiq's PSP Fanboy spoke to Yoshida about the subject, and asked why North America and Europe didn't have the selection of PS1 classics on the Store that Japan has. Yoshida responded by saying, "I'd like to see more games on that as well...[but] we haven't done enough with third party publishers." He went on to say that digital downloads like these aren't exactly lucrative and called the income potential "insignificant." Furthermore, there are added obstacles that always come from licensing issues, especially in regards to the music in those old games. All in all, the combined difficulty of bringing a large number of more of the PS1's greatest titles to the Store isn't really worth the effort. However, this doesn't mean Sony is abandoning the idea; they just have to do some convincing: "Maybe if you can convince the third parties," Shuhei finished.

Much like the case with backwards compatibility, it seems that Sony retains its forward thinking with the PS3, and while they always want to keep their loyal customers, this remains a business. If PS1 classics aren't worth it, they're not worth it...or would you rather pay a lot more for them? That's a question one might want to ask PS3 owners.

7/17/2008 Ben Dutka

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Comments (11 posts)

Minishmaru
Thursday, July 17, 2008 @ 1:55:32 PM
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I'd like to have some classic games to put onto my PSP I like that feature, taking all the games that I played sitting in front of my tv in the past 10 years or so, and letting me take it wherever I go with me is definitly appealing. I mean playing Castlevania:SoTN, Wild Arms, on the go...AWESOME...(btw they're the only ones I can remember but I know there are more :-P)

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fatchad420
Thursday, July 17, 2008 @ 2:03:46 PM
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Booooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

I know Sony is going to add the most popular games onto the PSN, games like MGS and FFVII are most likely going to be on there. But i really want them to try and get some of the less popular games like Omega Boost and Dune 2000.

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Jordahn
Thursday, July 17, 2008 @ 2:32:46 PM

I bought a copy of Omega Boost from Amazon, brand new, still in shrinkwrap, for under $10 from Amazon earlier this year.

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LunaticFringe
Thursday, July 17, 2008 @ 2:23:27 PM
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why not just see if sony can aquire some of the colecovision classics and slap those on the network. seriously, those ps1 games had a time and a place, nobody wants them,lets move on.

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AscientDire
Thursday, July 17, 2008 @ 3:02:16 PM

Will, while I agree that we should always look forward rather than behind us, I still think there are a lot of people (including myself)that still enjoy playing the older classic games. I still find myself playing through FF7 at least once a year. Saying that nobody wants these games is a great inaccuracy. Now whether people want to pay for them on the PSN is a different matter. At least that's my opinion.

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ray taylor
Thursday, July 17, 2008 @ 7:30:07 PM
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Too bad. There are a few games I would purchase from the store if they added them.

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Booshwa
Thursday, July 17, 2008 @ 10:38:45 PM
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All I wanted was Spyro and Crash to relive the past when I was young. The rest I don't really care for.

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Gabriel013
Friday, July 18, 2008 @ 1:54:17 AM
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I want Future Cop LAPD.

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robinhood2010
Friday, July 18, 2008 @ 7:07:19 AM

YES! I LOVED that game.

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Qubex
Friday, July 18, 2008 @ 8:51:10 AM
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I bought all the Crash Bandicote games as classic downloads from the Store, and the R-Types. I also purchased Destruction Derby, but when playing it again, I thought it was very poor.

Q!

"aLL RoAdS LeAd ToO HoMe"

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Pavex
Saturday, July 19, 2008 @ 3:55:35 PM
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i still HAVE all the crash games (ps1 originals) lol.......along with many many other ps1 AND ps2 games! this also seems to go into the b/c thingy! glad i have the 60gig ps3!!! :D

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