We’ve been wondering why there was no legit project out there for an emulator to enable playing PSP (classic) games on Android devices, given that hardware specs for Android devices are on the up. But it seems our wondering days are over. Welcome PPSSPP 1.0, from the same emulator team that brought you Dolphin for PC, a Nintendo Wii emulator.
As of this moment, we’re happy to say that PPSSPP is a fully working Playstation Portable emulator – in other words, it will let you play PSP games on your Android device. That said, the development project for this emulator is pretty young, so we should expect there to be a few bugs that users will find here and there. But to be able to say that the emulator is ready to play certain games at full speed at this point is something to get real excited about. Did we mention that the app has a pretty slick UI for you to navigate through stuff?
In terms of features, there only a few available given the early stages of the appp’s development. It is missing a few things that we like in emulators, like mapping of hardware keys and support for PSP eboot files. But if you have PSP ISO files, those do work.
This is the interesting part – the developers have made the app such that it is able to run on most Android devices, not just high-end ones – with the only caveat that your device supports OpenGL ES 2.0 (which most do). Of course, slap it on a DROID Turbo and you will get the best performance at this point. You can download it free as an ad-supported app for Android 2.3 or higher, or get the "gold" version which removes the advertising for USD$5.99.