In 2004, PSP (Play Station Portable) had a huge impact on the gamer community, being able to provide Play Station 2 with images as if they were completely portable. It continued to improve and survived for nearly 10 years with the expedition ending in June 2014. We had a good time with it, but it couldn't survive on today's smartphones with much better hardware and functionality.
If you can't get a new PSP now it doesn't mean you can't play your 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!).
The best emulator for this purpose is definitely PPSSPP. a completely free and also very stable emulator compared to many other PSP emulators for Android. In this tutorial, we will show you how you can get PSP games and then use the PPSSPP emulator to play them.
Information on the PPSSPP emulator
PPSSPP a completely free open source emulator. It will allow you to play your favorite PSP games on Android phones in full HD resolution even when used on tablets or on a larger screen Android phone. You must have Android version 2.3 and above. In addition to Android, it also supports other platforms such as Windows, Linux and Blackberry, etc.
The Android version of the ad-supported emulator. However, PPSSPP also comes with the "Gold" version which will remove the ads and it comes with the gold icon instead of blue. The Gold version is more than pleading for the donation instead of a premium membership. The functionality and experience are the same on both Gold and the free version, unlike other premium subscription based apps.
The Gold version will give you a gold icon indicating that you paid for the emulator (mainly to give you the satisfaction of paying for entertainment). Only on Android the Gold version removes the ads, on other platforms it only gives a gold icon (the other version not supported by advertising).
However, not all PSP games will work on PPSSPP. In the end, it depends on the hardware of your Android phone and whether the game is supported or not. Some of the games may run, but will perform slower depending on the phone's hardware specifications.
Some of the work games include:
- 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 emulates games, does not offer integrated games or offers a way to download them. You will need to separately add the PSP game CSO / ISO file to your phone so that PPSSPP can load it.
How to get an ISO / CSO file of the PSP game
Before we show you how to use the PPSSPP emulator to play PSP games, we need a real game to do it.
The recommended (even legal) method of obtaining ISO for PSP games is to create one from the UMP (Universal Media Disc) PSP disc.
You can only get ISO files, if you already own a PSP and want to play its games on your smartphone. PPSSPP provides complete instructions on how to create an ISO image of the UMD disk for PSP games on its FAQ page. You can follow the instructions provided to create an ISO image and follow the instructions below to load the game.
Use PPSSPP to play PSP games
Download PPSSPP to your Android phone and launch the app. The app includes tons of customization options and additional features to improve your gaming experience. All you have to do is touch "Settings" and you will see all the options available. Options include Graphics, Audio, Controls, Network and System. You can customize these options as you could.
To find your added ISO file, touch the "Games" tab and from there, touch the folder where you added the ISO file. Once inside, all you have to do is touch the game and it will load.
The PSP buttons will appear directly on the screen and the touch screen will not function while playing a game. You can only interact with the game using these displayed buttons. There is an extra button that you won't find in the original PSP, the "fast forward" button (with a triangle on the sides). You can use this button to increase the speed of your game, useful for games where you have to wait too long or speed up a slow game.
The phone's "Back" button will function as a menu button when playing a game. You can press at any time to access the main menu. In the main menu, you can change the game settings and also save the game status. The "Save Status" option of the game differs from the normal "Save" option of any PSP game. Save the game in any state it is (even if you're fighting a Boss!), Unlike the normal save option where you have to reach a specific area to save.
Suggestion: if a game runs a little slower, you can also edit "Graphics" and "System" to speed it up. Here is a detailed guide on how to change PPSSPP settings for maximum performance.
PPSSPP makes it very easy to play your favorite PSP games on your Android phone. It may also give you an improved experience compared to the original PSP due to many extra features and the ability to play on larger screen phones in full HD resolution.
Playing with the transparent touch buttons can be a little uncomfortable. However, once you get used to it, you will surely have incredible time.
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