UK Mac gamers can now enjoy Sony PlayStation games with the release of Virtual Game Station 1.4 (VGA) from Connectix.

A UK shipping date has not been confrimed, but it is expected to be available some time this week.

Version 1.4 supports the European PAL video format - previous versions only supported North America’s NTSC format.

This upgrade also increases the number of games that can be played, such as Gran Turisimo, Grand Theft Auto, Resident Evil 2, Formula 1 and X-Men Vs. Streetfighter. A list of recommended games can be found on the company’s Web site.

VGS only runs on G3 Macs and later. It also needs Mac OS 8.0 or later with an ATI Rage 2/Pro graphics card. Macs with upgraded G3 daughtercards are not supported as they do not have the higher speed 60/66 MHz system bus. It also requires 19 MB of RAM with 3.5 MB of hard disk space.

In February, Connectix successfully reversed Sony’s injunction against their Virtual Game Station (VGS), which Sony said infringed on their copyright.

US appeal court Judge William C Canby said VGS did not contain any of Sony’s copyright material, but there were question marks over its look and feel when compared to the Playstation. Subsequently, Sony has filed another lawsuit citing patent misuse by Connectix. No outcome has been announced, but according to inside sources, Connectix is "talking to Sony".