How to Play PSP Games on Your Windows PC

The PSP was the biggest breakthrough in handheld consoles back in 2005, and we can relive the glory today, by playing PSP games on PC!

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How to Play PSP Games on Your Windows PC

The PlayStation Portable (abbreviated as PSP) is one of the best handhelds to ever set foot in the gaming industry. And with Sony's Vita...

The PlayStation Portable (abbreviated as PSP) is one of the best handhelds to ever set foot in the gaming industry. And with Sony’s Vita flop, it made people yearn to the past, a past where the PSP was kicking strong, with some of the best games that even Nintendo couldn’t develop at the time.

This handheld wasn’t an ordinary piece of hardware as it was a system that pushed home console experiences into our own bare hands, without the need to buy an actual console. While the graphics were a tad downgraded compared to its brother, the PlayStation, the PSP managed to produce incredible games such as Final Fantasy Type 0, God of War: Chains of Olympus, Resistance: Retribution, 3rd Birthday and so many other iconical gems.

Hence why today, with this tutorial, you will learn how you can play your favourite PSP games on your PC. The emulator that we will be showcasing this time is PPSSPP. A fine emulator that can run anything you throw at it. The emulator is eventually reaching a perfect state.

1.How to get PPSSPP Emulator

The emulator can be easily obtained from the official website of PPSSPP. Just make sure you install the version that matches with your OS (32bit/64bit) to avoid receiving errors. One thing you will like about PPSSPP is its built-in updater. With this emulator, you are not required to install a new version of the emulator or to download it manually. Once there’s an available update for the emulator, the program will let you know right away.

2. How to setup PPSSPP

PPSSPP is quite easy to install since it’s a standalone installer that doesn’t require an install wizard. Just extract the emulator from the zip file, and you are good to go. Note that you should place the emulator in a folder other than the C/drive, otherwise, you will be prone to some issues such as the emulator not saving your progress, or sudden corrupt in your save files.

3.Configure the emulator

I. Controls:

First of all, PPSSP isn’t like PCSX2 where you can change your button configuration while in-game.  You’ll have to save then close the game in order to do that.  To access this feature, on your home screen click on Settings > Control Mapping., and a section will appear like the one specified above. Upon launching the emulator, you’ll notice that the emulator is already configured to run using your keyboard. To change your button mappings to the controller, just click on the one you want to alter. After that, a box will appear in which you’ll have to press the new button.

II. Load the game:

To run a game, you have two options. One, go to file> Load, and the game should boot up afterward. However, similar to Redream, if you dump your games into a specified folder where the emulator can read it, then congrats, you’ll see your games’ icons on the home screen instead of always using the file-load trick. If games somehow don’t show up, just refresh the emulator, and that should fix it.

III. Fullscreen:

To enter fullscreen, simply press Alt+Enter of F11. If you want to go back just press those buttons again. However, if you’re using a potato PC, you might run into sudden slowdowns that will break the experience for you.

IV. Improving visuals:
Picture taken from Fantasyanime website”

In terms of visuals, the PSP graphics haven’t aged well, but fear not, you can fix them.  With PPSSPP you can increase the render resolution from auto to 2x or 8x depending on your window size and if your GPU can handle it with no lag. To do that, go game settings> rendering resolution.  If you experience any kind of slowdowns, try to lower your render resolution from 3x to 2x and see how it goes for you. Keep in mind that increasing the render resolution puts heavy work on your graphics card.

V. Enable/disable frameskipping:

Some games on the PSP were designed to run at 30FPS, but with this emulator you can increase your frame rate to 60fps. Some games may run smoother, but some may break. Anyway, to enable this feature, go to Game settings> Frameskipping> auto/off.

VI. Fixing screen tearing:

Sometimes you will stumble across one particular issue which is screen tearing. This is due to disabling Vsync on the emulator. Some games will run fine with that disabled, but the majority won’t. To enable or disable Vsync, go to game settings > vsync.

VII. Fast forward feature:

Fast forward is the feature that speeds up the game. To access it, press the Tab key. Hold it down and let go until you want the fast forwarding to end.

4. How to get Iso:

Just like any emulator out there, you need the Roms. Without them, how the hell are you supposed to play your game? There are a handful of safe places where you can get your rom/iso from. One fine place is coolrom. This website has a plethora of PSP games that will definitely interest you. Another site that I would suggest is Cdromance. These two sites are completely safe to download from.

5. How to save/load my game:

Being playing for hours and finally wanted to take a rest and call it for a day? but wait, did you remember to save before exiting the game? Don’t do that to yourself!
Saving your progress with PPSSPP emulator is very easy and you have three options. Either use quick commands using your progress by pressing F2 to save, press Esc on your keyboard and save directly from there, or press Esc, go to file on the top of your screen and press save state/load state. It’s that simple.

6.Are there any alternatives to PPSSPP?

There’s nothing similar to PPSSPP in terms of the performance and the features it provides. However, if you stumble across any PSP emulator that isn’t the one we talked about, avoid it at all costs, IT’S A SCAM. Don’t tell me I didn’t warn you.

FreeckyCake
FreeckyCake
Just your average gamer who enjoys hunting hidden gems and underrated games - but still open to any game in the industry if you ask me! My favourite game is Onimusha: Dawn of Dreams and nothing comes close to it to this very day imo. I highly recommend you to play it!

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