How to play sony psp games on linux with ppsspp

Those who want to play your favorite Sony PSPGames on the Linux platform must try PPSSPP. It is a Sony PSP emulator written in C ++. The emulator works very well on almost every Linux distribution. Best of all, all PSP CPU code is optimized to work with regular computer CPUs.

Note: Addictivetips in no way encourages or condones the illegal downloading or distribution of ROM files for PPSSPP. If you want to play Sony PSP games with PPSSPP, please use your own game ROM files that you have legally backed up on your PC.

SPOILER ALARMscroll down and watch the video tutorial at the end of this article.

Install the PPSSPP emulator

Download the latest version of the PPSSPP emulator for Linux can sometimes be a challenge. Some Linux distributions select the package, others do not. It is possible to find installable binary packages, but not every operating system has them. For this reason, in this tutorial we will work with an archive binary instead.

Ubuntu / Debian

Ubuntu and Debian users should be able to run the PPSPP emulator once the correct dependency is installed. In this case PPSSPP requires libsdl2-dev. Install it on Ubuntu or Debian with:

If you are using an older version of Debian that does not use apt, substitute suitable with suitable.

Arch Linux

Install PPSSPP from the Arch Linux User Repository.

To get it, take the latest AUR package with git.

Note: Be sure to install "git", before you try this

Use CDEnter the clone directory.

Use last makepkg build and install the program.


PPSPP works fine under Fedora in binary form once SDL2-devel is installed. To install this package, open a terminal and type the following command:


SUSE, like other Linux distributions in this guide, requires an SDL library to run the PPSSPP emulator software. Follow these instructions to get the correct SDL files.

First add the external game repository (Leap 42.3)

Then use the Zypper package management tool to install the software.

Other Linuxes

The program should work as it is on your PC. The only real requirement is that you install SDL2 development libraries. Go to and search for "SDL2 Develop". has a long list of binaries as well as instructions on how to install from almost any Linux distribution (even the obscure ones).

If you don’t find it on this website, look up "SDL2" in the official manual of your operating system.

With all the necessary dependencies to run theOnce you have installed the binary, all you need to do is download the program. Go here, scroll down and select "Linux". Pay attention to "dev-working to select. When the download is complete, open a terminal window and use CD to

move/ Downloads directory.

Create a folder to unpack the file with mkdir.

Unpack the program.

Finally, move the program to your folder / home /.


To use the PPSSPP emulator, go to / home / username / ppsspp-emulator / Right-click on "PPSSPPSDL" with your file manager and run it. Clicking PPSSPPSDL opens the main emulation window. In this window you have to use the icon Arrow keys to navigate and enter Select things.

To load a PSP-ROM file, press the right arrow key and go to "Games. If you have "Games PPSSPP will become the /Home/ Directory. Choose your username and find the PSP-ROM in your home directory. Press enter to load a selected ROM file.

press to close a game while it is being played ESC to open the main settings area in the game. From there, use your keyboard (or gamepad) and select "Exit". This should leave the ROM. Select "exit" again from the main menu, to exit PPSSPP.

Save and load

Unlike many other emulators, the memory menu for PPSSPP can only be accessed when ROMs are running. Press to save a game ESC on the keyboard. Pressing this button will display the central settings area for PPSSPP, including 5 save status slots. If you want to save, access this menu, then use the Arrow keys up or down to find a memory location, and Enter to start the saving process.

To save multiple times, just select different slots before saving.

Loading a memory status in PPSSPP is also done in the ESC Menu. You can press at any time ESC on the keyboard and use Up or down arrow keys To select a saved game. When you have found the saved game you want to load, press enter to load it.

Graphics and audio settings

Want to change the graphics for the PPSSPP emulator? Select in the main menu with the buttons "Settings Arrow keys and press enter to open it. Search under "Settings after "Graphics and press the Enter Key. In the graphics area, users can change the render mode as well as the frame rate control and even settings such as the post-processing control.

To enable full screen mode with PPSSPP, look to the bottom of the "Graphics" settings panel and click the checkbox to enable it.

In addition to the graphics options, the PPSSPPThe emulator also has some decent audio settings. To access these settings, select "Audio" in the settings window. In "Audio", users can enable / disable sounds, change the volume of the emulator globally, change the audio latency as well as sound speed hacks, etc.

Configure controller

Connect one to configure a gamepad with PPSSPP compatible joypad, open "Settings" and select "Control in the menu. From there, click on "Control Mapping" to open the control binding tool. By default, PPSSPP should assign the controls automatically. Chances are your gamepad will work out of the box.

Still, the default settings may not work for all users. If you want to manage the different assignments, click the + icon to reassign the controls.

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