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How To Play PSP Games On Android With PPSSPP Emulator

PSP stands for Playstation Portable which is a handheld gaming console developed by Sony and was first launched back in the year 2004. The first model is known as PSP 1000. PSP has a powerful GPU for 3D graphics and a multimedia player which makes it a unique game console. The PSP was also compatible with many PSONE games. Though PSP-1000 has now been discontinued, so you can not buy it in retail, however a better option is available the PS-Vita, but it is much costlier almost the price of a 12 GB PS3. If you want to go back in time to enjoy old PSP games then I will tell you a way to do this.

psp games on android

Previously I wrote about playing PSP games on Windows PC, that proved useful to our readers. Now I am going to write for android also. There is an android app, PPSSPP emulator  with which you can play PSP games on your android smartphone. PPSSPP is developed by Henrik RydgĂ„rd and is supported by multiple platforms including iOS, MAC, Blackberry, Symbian, Android and Microsoft Windows.

Hardware Requirements For Android Phones

  • NVIDIA GPU is recommended.
  • Quad core CPU.
  • 1 GB RAM minimum.
  • Adreno 306 GPU

PPSSPP will run on most android phones but the emulation will be slow on dual core phones. On most phones the games are not even playable. The developer has set minimum requirements to Nvidia Tegra so that games can run smoothly, but most games are playable on high end android phones like Galaxy S6, iPhone 6S, Moto X, Samsung Galaxy S series, Nexus 5X etc.

Compatible Games List

The games in the list given below will run smoothly and at full frames, not all games run smoothly on PPSSPP android emulator. But most of them do run smoothly.
  • Persona 2, Persona 3 Portable
  • Dragon Ball Z
  • Little Big Planet
  • Burnout Legends, Burnout Dominator
  • Final Fantasy : Crisis Core
  • Final Fantasy : Type-0
  • Monster Hunter 2 Unite and 3: HD Remake
  • Soul Calibur
  • Tekken: Dark Resurrection and Tekken 6
  • Grand Theft Auto LCS / VCS
  • Lumines
  • Worms
  • Wipeout
  • Metal Slug Anthology: Includes all games from metal slug 1 to metal slug 6
  • Metal Slug 7 or Metal Slug XX
  • Many more

Downloads Required

  • PPSSPP emulator APK – Download
  • PPSSPP Roms – Download from Google

Note :-

If you have PSP UMDs then you can copy all the game files to your android phone. Just make a folder named ‘Games’ and put all the roms here. PSP games has ‘.cso’ or '.elf' extension.

How To Play PSP Games On Android With PPSSPP Emulator

  • Download and install the emulator on your android phone.
  • Make a ‘Games’ folder and copy all the games in this folder and move it to your phone’s internal storage.
  • Now open PPSSPP app on your android phone.
  • Now you will see all the folders on left side. Scroll up or down to find the ‘Games’ folder.
  • When you open this folder, you will see game images. For example I am running ‘Call Of Duty : Roads To Victory’, so it looks like as follows.
ppsspp settings

  • Just tap on this game to run.
  • The game will run, there is no need to make controls settings as the controls are preset.
  • The controls include L & R buttons, 4 directional buttons, a multi direction analog stick, 4 PSP face buttons ( square, triangle, circle, cross), select, start and a play button.
  • Now enjoy PSP games on your android smartphone.
call of duty ppsspp android

Settings For PPSSPP Android

Well if you are using Nvidia Shield, Nexus 5 or Nexus 7 tablets with Nvidia Tegra then there is no need to alter settings as the game will run smooth by default. But if you have other ARMv7 android smartphones having a quad core CPU then you have to make some optimal settings, so that the game can run smoothly. The settings vary for different devices, so keep experimenting with them buy choosing all option where 'faster' is mentioned in 'Settings' and see whether it works or not.

Graphics Settings

  • Mode : Tap it and choose ‘Skip buffer effects' (non-buffered, faster).
  • Frameskipping : Select a number from 1-8. Frameskipping allows faster emulation.
  • Disable slower effects : Scroll down and enable it.

graphics settings


There is a problem with audio in most games, as it is torn and broken. So disabling it is the only solution. Tap the ‘Audio’ and uncheck ‘Unable sound’.

Save/Load Game State

To save a game state tap the back button of your phone and tap ‘Save state’. To load the state tap the back button again and then tap ‘Load state’.

save/load state in ppsspp

➜ All Metal Slug Games (1-7)

Below is a video tutorial showing how to play all metal slug games from 1-7 on PPSSPP. You need to download two PSP ISOs for this. One is metal slug anthology and the another one is metal slug xx.

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  1. hi am using moto g4 pluse but i instal ppsspp and play games but only show blak color screen . can you help me.........

    1. Go to 'Settings>Graphics>Rendering mode>Mode'. And here select 'Buffer rendering'. If this option is not selected then you will see a black screen while gaming.