PlayStation Portable emulators

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PlayStation Portable
Developer Sony
Type Handheld game console
Generation Seventh generation
Release date 2004
Discontinued 2014
Predecessor PocketStation
Successor PlayStation Vita
For other emulators that run on PSP hardware, see Emulators on PSP.

The PlayStation Portable (PSP) is a handheld game console made by Sony. The system was released in Japan on December 12, 2004, in North America on March 24, 2005, and in the PAL region on September 1, 2005. It was retailed for $249. It had a MIPS R4000 CPU at 333 MHz with 32 MBs of RAM. Later revisions of the PSP came with 64 MBs of RAM, allowing for faster load times.


Name Platform(s) Latest Version Texture
FLOSS Active Recommended
PC / x86
PPSSPP Windows Linux macOS FreeBSD Dev Builds
Dev Builds (Artifacts)
libretro core[N 1]
[N 2]
JPCSP Java SVN * ~*
cspspemu Windows macOS git
jspspemu Web git
PCSP Windows 0.5.5
Potemkin Windows 1.00 Alpha
PSPE Windows 0.9b
Mobile / ARM
PPSSPP Android iOS Pandora Dragonbox Pyra
BlackBerry MeeGo
Dev Builds
Dev Builds (Artifacts)
0.1 Pyra
libretro core[N 1]
[N 2]
PSPe+ (PPSSPP fork) Android 3.2.1 ?
Adrenaline Vita 6.61
PPSSPP Switch Xbox 360 Wii U
Xbox One Xbox Series X/S
Xbox 360
Wii U
libretro core[N 1]
[N 2] ~[N 3]
PlayStation 3 v2.0 ? ~
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 This build using upstream repo for libretro from now on.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 PPSSPP Texture Packs
  3. Libretro core is still active.


PPSSPP (compatibility, AdHoc compatibility, AdHoc compatibility#2)
Released in November of 2012. Compatibility is higher than JPCSP and games runs significantly faster. The emulator is currently capable of playing the vast majority of the PSP library, with 2991 (83%) out of 3615 reported titles can be played from start to finish and the remaining 3407 titles are unreported. Additionally, both the libretro core and standalone version of PPSSPP (as of v1.16's release) support the RetroAchievements service for players hunting video game achievements. The standalone version is highly recommended over the libretro core as the libretro core version can be slow/unstable, especially for mobile users.
Requires the Java Runtime Environment to be installed. It is also slower compared to PPSSPP. JPCSP was built around debugging and was never really meant to be a standard emulator. They made it so they could understand the PSP's inner workings better. Thanks to the JPCSP team, and other PSP homebrew teams, PPSSPP developed at breakneck speeds. Both teams communicate a lot and contribute with each other.
PlayStation®Portable REMASTER Launcher (compatibility)
Roughly about 60% of the PSP library is playable on a PlayStation 3. See this guide for more information.

Hardware features[edit]

PS2 communication * *
PS3 communication[1] * *
PlayStation Network TBD
Ad-Hoc [N2 1] [N2 2]
Infrastructure * TBD
Infrastructure LAN* TBD
Game Sharing TBD
Camera * TBD
Microphone ~*[N2 3] TBD
External Controller Vibration* TBD
PSOne Classics*
UMD Movie
UMD Music
UMD Video
[N2 4] ~*
XMB * ~[N2 5]
  1. Supports multiplayer on the same network and multiplayer over the internet but no support for XLink Kai at the moment.
  2. Just like PPSSPP, JPCSP supports multiplayer on the same network and multiplayer over the internet but only JPCSP supports XLink Kai.XLink Kai: JPCSP PSP Tutorial
  3. Windows and Android only
  4. Just like RPCS3 for DVD/Blu-Ray movies, DuckStation for VCD movies, PCSX2 for DVD movies, xemu for DVD movies and xenia for DVD/HD DVD movies; PPSSPP has no UMD movie support at the moment. Further information about this: UMD Movie request for PPSSPP and UMD Video and UMD-PG request for PPSSPP.
  5. JPCSP is able to boot the official PSP VSH interface, though the menus are not yet working properly, it is currently only an alpha release. Booting VSH in JPCSP Guide.