Playstation Store, Why the Lack of PS One Classics?

Launching in 1995, the Playstation is home to hundreds of titles, including some instant classics like Final Fantasy, Gran Turismo, Metal Gear Solid, and Resident Evil. It is disheartening that only a small fraction of the library has managed to make their way onto Sony's digital distribution gaming portal, the Playstation Store. In about 1.5 years of existence, the Playstation Store only has 20 "PS one Classics" titles. So what is the reason behind the slow output of PS one Classics on the Playstation Store? Let's take a look at a couple of factors.

Lack of Resources
The Playstation Store is part of the Playstation Network. Sony's online network for the Playstation 3 and PSP is still in the infant stages of development and a work-in-progress. Resources that can be used to put more content, including Ps one Classics, on the Playstation Store are being used up on other projects such as firmware updates, the Playstation Home and redesigning the Playstation Store itself.

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sonarus3844d ago

PS1 classics will come but maybe they just don't have the bandwidth to really expand their download service into ps1 classics yet.

perils3844d ago

maybe not but the quality of the titles they have up is poor (the euro store anyways). they really stretch the term classics! they need to get more titles up boarders.....hmm. but seriously me and my cousin played that for hours on end when he got it for ps1 ( ahh simpler times). he downloaded it for his ps3 and we had a blast playing it! thats really what i want from the classics.

ruibing3844d ago

I don't think it's the bandwidth as much as the resource and license, most of which should be rectified with time.

Skerj3844d ago

Ruibing has it, but that still doesn't excuse the lack of PS first party games that should be up. I'd still be complaining about this if I didn't have a custom firmware enabled PSP that allowed me to rip my own games to it.

TradingWarStories3844d ago

They could just spend some money, they will be getting the money bck anyways.

Clinton5143844d ago (Edited 3844d ago )

I thought the article was going to be about real evidence rather than speculation based on simple observations. Can't give this one a pass. More like rumors.

rogimusprime3844d ago

I could have written this; its just a rant cleaned up into a blog. He makes some good points though, except for the part about Sony's resources. Sony is a huge company and can do whatever it wants. I don't think they did enough market research before launch compared with M$ about the viability of downloadable classics.

Sony has a huge library of PS1 classics, and there is NO excuse for them not competeting harder with M$. I think they are leaving money on the table. Parasite Eve, Einhander, Omegaboost, and those are just the games I LIKED. They need to step it up and get rid of this region garbage.

The Japanese get RE2, but not the US? Ummmm, which country sold the most copies? The same country that will probably have the most downloads.

Science_NERD3843d ago

I didnt want to wait, I knew that sony would focus on the psone library years from now, the new releases are too important

princejb1343843d ago

haha imagine sony launches FF7 to the ps store sony will make millions day 1

Tomdc3844d ago

I'd be interested in some PS2 classics personally, they'd be a lot bigger file size though.

iheartSONY3844d ago

Why don't you just buy the PS2 game? Im sure you can find just about any PS2 game somewhere and it will probably be cheaper than the PS Store version. Play can still play them on your 20gb/60gb/80gb PS3 or you probably still have tour old PS2. PS2 "classic" just dont make much sense right now.

mindedone3844d ago

Are you willing to sell me your copy of Ico?

Vip3r3844d ago

There are a few PS1 games I'd like and there are even more PS2 games I want all the more. But I'd rather Sony concentrated on Home and other things instead of PS1 games.

That said how hard can it be to upload the games?

TradingWarStories3844d ago

think about how long it took us eu people to get pain after the us.

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