In 2004, PSP (Play Station Portable) had a huge impact on the gaming community by providing Play Station 2 like visuals while being completely portable. With the delivery ending in June 2014, it has improved and survived for almost ten years. We had some good times, but couldn’t survive it with today’s smartphones with much better hardware and features.
If you don’t get a new PSP now, it doesn’t mean you can’t play your good old favorite games on your Android phone. You can use a dedicated emulator to play your favorite PSP games directly on your Android phone with the same graphics (or even better!) To play.
The best emulator for this purpose is definitely PPSSPP. It is a completely free emulator and very stable compared to many other PSP emulators for Android. In this tutorial we will show you how to get PSP games and then use the PPSSPP emulator to play them.
About the PPSSPP emulator
PPSSPP is an open source emulator that is completely free to use. This will allow you to play your favorite PSP games on your Android phone in full HD resolution, even if you’re using it on a tablet or Android phone with a bigger screen. You need Android version 2.3 and higher. Besides Android, it also supports other platforms such as Windows, Linux and Blackberry etc.
The Android version of the emulator is ad-supported. However, PPSSPP will also open with a "Gold" CD -version shipped that removes the ads, and is displayed with a gold icon instead of blue. Gold version is more of a donation than a premium subscription. The features and functions are the same in both the gold and free versions, unlike other premium subscription-based apps.
In the Gold version, you will get a golden icon indicating that you have paid for the emulator (mainly to pay for the entertainment).) Only on Android the gold version removes ads, on other platforms only a gold icon is shown (other versions are not ad supported).
However, not all PSP games work with PPSSPP. Ultimately, whether the game is supported or not depends on the hardware of your Android phone. Some games may work, but may be slower depending on the phone’s hardware specification.
Some working games are:
- Dragon Ball Z
- Burnout Legends, Burnout Dominator
- Final Fantasy: Crisis Core
- Monster Hunter 2 Unite and 3: HD Remake
- Soul Calibur
- Tekken: Dark Resurrection and Tekken 6
- Grand Theft Auto LCS / VCS
PPSSPP only emulates the games, it does not provide built-in games or any way to download them. You need to insert the PSP game CSO / ISO file into your phone separately for PPSSPP to load it.
How to get a PSP game ISO / CSO file
Before we show you how to use PPSSPP emulator to play PSP games, we need a recent game.
The recommended (also legal) method to get a PSP game ISO is to create one from your PSP UMD disc (Universal Media Disc).
You can get ISO files only if you already own a PSP and want to play its games on your smartphone. PPSSPP has full instructions on how to create an ISO image of your UMP disc for PSP games on their FAQ page. Follow the instructions to create an ISO image and follow the instructions to load the game.
Use PPSSPP to play PSP games
Download PPSSPP to your Android phone and launch the app. The app offers countless customization options and additional features to enhance your gaming experience. All you have to do is click on "Settings tap and you will see all available options. The options include graphics, audio, controls, network and system. You can customize these options as you wish.
To find your added ISO file, tap on the "Games" tab and then on the folder where you added the ISO file. Once you are in, just tap on the game and it will load.
The PSP buttons are displayed directly on the screen and the touch screen does not work while you are playing a game. You can interact with the game using only the buttons that are displayed. There is an additional button that you won’t find in the original PSP, the "Fast Forward" button -button (with a triangle on the side). Use this button to increase the speed of your game. This is convenient for games where you have to wait too long or speed up a slow game.
The back button on your phone works as a menu button during gameplay. You can press it at any time to access the main menu. In the main menu, you can change the game settings and also save the game state. The Save Status option for this game is different from the normal "Save" option of a PSP game. The game will be saved in any state (even if you are fighting against a boss!), Unlike the normal save option where you have to reach a certain area to save.
Tip: If a game is slowing down for you, you can also adjust "Graphics" and "System" to speed it up. Here are detailed instructions on how to optimize PPSSPP settings for maximum performance.
PPSSPP makes it very easy to play your favorite PSP games on your Android phone. Compared to the original PSP, you can offer even more experience thanks to the many additional features and the ability to play games on larger screens in full HD resolution.
Playing games with transparent touch keys can be a bit uncomfortable. Once you get used to it, you will surely have an amazing time.