The Sony PSP is one of the longest tenured handheld gaming consoles ever. It enjoyed a seven year run with various new models coming out at regular intervals. It has a ton of games and Sony even ported some PlayStation games to the system for purchase. Now, you can play PSP games on your mobile phone or tablet. Here are the best PSP emulators for Android. We highly recommend starting with PPSSPP. Most competitors use the PPSSPP source code (it’s open source, so it’s okay), including RetroArch, so it makes the most sense to just start at the source and work your way out.
Price: Free / $4.99
PPSSPP is, by far, the best of the PSP emulators. Of all the emulators we tested, PPSSPP was the easiest to use, had the best compatibility, and the best performance. We wouldn’t blame you if you thought we were advertising here but we’re really not. PPSSPP gets frequent updates, has a paid version that removes ads, and it’s the one that most other developers copycat from. We highly recommend that you try this one first. The ad-supported free version works fine if you want to test it out. The $4.99 price removes ads. The app is also open-source.
Rapid PSP Emulator
Rapid PSP Emulator is a reskin of PPSSPP, but it actually provides a slightly different experience. This one is tuned for lower-end devices and, thus, works a bit faster without much tinkering. The app also supports hardware controllers, save states, an the usual stuff. There isn’t much else of note other than its settings to work faster. PPSSPP still has better game support overall. That said, Rapid is free with no in-app purchases so it might also be good for those on a budget.
RetroArch is one of the more unique PSP emulators. It can actually emulate a ton of different gaming systems. RetroArch uses the Libretro system. It essentially runs plugins that act as emulators. Thus, RetroArch can do anything from SNES to PSP as long as you have the required plugin. The emulator seems to work okay, but like most there are compatibility problems here and there. There is also a learning curve since the system is rather complex. Even so, it’s a good one to try out and it’s completely free and open source.
Rocket PSP Emulator
Rocket PSP Emulator is a very average emulator. It’s relatively new, still has some bugs, and its compatibility is just okay. It uses the PPSSPP open source project so it has many of the same features. That includes save and load states, a software controller, and, again, decent compatibility. We didn’t have any overwhelming problems during our testing. However, you may want to try something a little more mature like PPSSPP itself. Still, in the event that it doesn’t work for you, this is still an option. It’s completely free with advertising. There are a bunch of PSP emulators like this one. You can search Google Play for it and throw a rock and hit others like this. That doesn’t make it bad, but it doesn’t make it special either.
Price: Free (with ads)
Sunshine Emulator is another reasonably okay PSP emulator. In terms of features, the list is rather short. It does all of the usual stuff such as save states and network gaming along with decent game compatibility. It also uses the PPSSPP open source code with some tweaks. There isn’t really anything wrong with it that also isn’t wrong with most other PPSSPP emulators and it serves as a decent free option if you don’t mind the advertising.
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