You can still enjoy playing your old PSP games on your current Android smartphone or tablet!

Best PSP emulator for Android

Many of us have enjoyed playing games on various consoles over the years and can still get a lot of pleasure from older games and systems. One such example is Sony’s PlayStation Portable (PSP), a handheld gaming console that was released in its first iteration back in 2004. Although sadly discontinued after being succeeded by the PlayStation Vita, there are still ways to enjoy playing your PSP games through an Android device. Sony produced a large number of PSP games, and you can enjoy a touch of nostalgia by playing the originals on your Android devices instead.

How to Play PSP Games on Android?

There are many functional PSP emulator app available on play store. These choices of emulator software provide decent graphics and gaming speeds. However, the most powerful Android devices offer the best emulator performance speeds. Moreover, with the highest quality devices, glitches are almost inevitable from time to time. Follow the steps below to play PSP games on Android.

Please note that these apps do not include PSP games. They are intended for use with PSP games that you already own, and we cannot condone piracy of any kind. Due to the nature of these kinds of apps, they are constantly arriving and disappearing again.

  1. Get an Android PSP Emulator app

    Install a PSP emulator like PPSSPP or any other from the list below.

  2. Download a PSP Game ROM

    Download ISO or CSO game files are known as PSP Games ROM from various sources online like RomsMode. Note that, these files are not always legal, so download at your own risk. If you own a PSP console, there are tools to dump game you own. Use a Torrenting app or a Torrent client on your PC to download and the file.

  3. Copy the game image file

    On your android’s storage create a folder called “PSP”, then create a subfolder called “GAME.” Move or transfer the downloaded CSO or ISO file on the “GAME” folder.

  4. Run an Emulator app

    Launch a PSP emulator app, and you will find the option to load and start your copied PSP ROM. Enjoy!

We’ve checked out a variety of PSP emulator apps and noted that they vary wildly in quality (to be honest many are not so good). So, we’ve weeded down the best PSP emulator apps that will get you on your way. All of the following apps are free emulators for PSP.

1. PPSSPP – PSP EMULATOR

Price: Free

This open-source PSP emulator app undoubtedly deserves its place at the top of our list of the best PSP emulators for Android, and it offers excellent ROM support. You use your own PSP games converting to ISO, CSO files or you can opt to play free homebrew games and demos, which you can find online.

It’s an easy-to-use app that has a high user rating of 4.3-stars on the Google Play Store. In our time with PPSSPP it worked impeccably and offered an authentic PSP gaming experience. More than 50 million users installed the game, and better still it’s entirely free to use. The paid version upgrades you to PPSSPP Gold and helps to support further development of the app.

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2. SUNSHINE EMULATOR FOR PSP

Price: Free with ads

The developers of this app, ExpertArts Studio, claim that it works fine even on budget Android devices. We couldn’t check that out though we can say we had a stable experience with smooth gameplay on our high-end device. It offers fast speeds, good sound, with HD graphics and HQ textures.

Features include easy network gaming and the convenience of being able to save the game state and load it again later.

3. FREE PSP EMULATOR – PLAY PSP GAMES

Price: Free with ads/ Offers IAP

This one is compatible with some great PSP games including Resident Evil 4, Metal Gear Solid, Final Fantasy X, Tekken 3, Guitar Hero 2, Gran Turismo 2, and Tomb Raider III. In fact, it claims to be able to run over 90% of PlayStation Games! It works smoothly and proficiently supporting NEON Acceleration + and Skip BIOS boot game.

The PSP emulator support for widescreen games (16:9), and can start from where you left. It also has support for 2X~5X PS2 resolution (1080p).

The app also comes with a virtual PSP joystick, and you’ll enjoy top-quality sound effects and graphics.

4. ROCKET PSP EMULATOR FOR PSP GAMES

Price: Free with ads

Enjoy all your old favorites and PSP homebrew with this Emul World PSP emulator. It uses standard PSP ROMs as well as PSP CSO and ISO game formats, though ISO files work better over CSO due to compression speeds. The ‘rocket’ in the title refers to the speeds it offers even for lower-end devices. You can use emulated touch controls or connect an external gaming controller (including a PS4 controller) through the micro USB port of your smartphone.

5. RAPID PSP EMULATOR FOR PSP GAMES

Price: Free

Rapid PSP Emulator from Capital Apps Development aims to offer the best gaming compatibility with excellent sound, graphics, and speeds, as well as easy controller settings. It worked well in our testing, and you can use it with your own PSP games or enjoy homebrews.

Thousands of PSP games are compatible with high fps, support for ROMs, ISO, and CSO formats, and support for PSS, PSV, PPS, and POP performance settings. Like the previous app, you can use the touch controls of your smartphone or tablet or connect a dedicated game controller.

6. PSPLAY PSP EMULATOR

Price: Free with Ads

As this is one of the newer kids on the block, the PSPlay PSP Emulator is one of our least tested. Nevertheless, it appears to have potential and offers an on-screen controller, alternative hardware controller support, network play support, and the ability to save your state of play.

The user reviews on the Google Play Store are mixed, with some loving it and some hating it. We found it offered a reliable enough performance though there was the odd lagging.

7. ENJOY PSP EMULATOR TO PLAY PSP GAMES

Price: Free with ads

Another open-source app, Enjoy PSP Emulator allows you to legally dump PSP ROMs (ISO or CSO) to the memory card of your device. Your Android smartphone or tablet will then act as a PSP console and offer the best experience depending on the hardware of your device.

The emulator is compatible with a wide choice of PSP games. Like most emulator apps, it can save and restore meaning you can leave the game and pick it up again whenever you want.

8. EMULATOR PSP 2019 PRO

Price: Free with ads/ Offers IAP

The app offers good game sound, graphics, and performance, and has an integrated virtual PSP joystick. It’s compatible with a variety of games. However, emulating speeds differ device to device so you may not reach full speed with all games.

Popular titles like God of War – Chains of Olympus, Little Big Planet, Monster Hunter Freedom Unite, Dragon Ball Z – Tenkachi Tag Team, Soul Calibur, and DJ Max Portable 3 works on EMULATOR PSP 2019.

9. EMULATOR PSP – PSSP GOLD

Price: Free with ads/ Offers IAP

Unsurprisingly perhaps, this app does much the same as the majority of other apps in this list including the ability to conveniently save your game state, with good sound effects, high-definition graphics, and broad compatibility. It works smoothly as a way of repeating the experience of playing on a PSP console.

10. EMULATOR PSP FOR MOBILE PRO VERSION

Price: Free with ads/ Offers IAP

This is a lightweight app offering decent gameplay with your own PSP games or with free homebrew games. Sound and performance are similar to that of the PSP console, and you can increase the emulation speed with fast forward.

It features saving and loading with ease, network gaming, a satisfactory game controller, and compatibility with physical controllers. With excellent compatibility, a bonus is it’s low on battery consumption. Further additions are compressed file support and customizable control layout.

Final Thoughts

It’s not often we have a clear favorite when we look at the best apps for various categories. However, this time around the first app that we detailed, the PPSSPP – PSP Emulator, is by far the best of the PSP emulators for Android. Frankly, while some of the other PSP emulator apps work well enough, many emulators on play store merely trying to emulate (excuse the pun) the PPSSPP app.

These apps are free to download, and so there’s no harm in downloading several to take a look at before you decide on your go-to PSP emulator. Using one of these PSP emulators means you can soon recreate the experience of playing your old school games with friends in earlier years. If you have a favorite PSP emulator, not in this list, or perhaps you notice a good new one that has arrived, let us know.

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