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

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 $181. It had a MIPS R4000 CPU at 333MHz with 32MB of RAM. Later revisions of the PSP came with 64MB of RAM, allowing for faster load times.


Name Operating System(s) Latest Version Libretro Core Active Recommended
PPSSPP Multi-platform 1.15.4
JPCSP Windows, Linux, macOS SVN
cspspemu Windows, macOS Git
jspspemu Windows Git
PCSP Windows 0.5.5
Potemkin Windows 1.00 alpha
PSPE Windows 0.9b
PPSSPP Android 1.15.4
PSPlay (PPSSPP fork) Android 1 ~ ~
PSPe+ (PPSSPP fork) Android 3.0 v3.1.7 ~
Rocket PSP Emulator
(PPSSPP fork)
Android 3.5
Retrogaming Emulator for Android
Android 4.14.0


Released in November of 2012. Compatibility is now higher than JPCSP and games runs significantly faster due to its programming in C++. The emulator is currently capable of playing the vast majority of the PSP library, with more than 1000 games that can be played from start to finish.[1] PPSSPP has a Retroarch core that hasn't been updated for a while : using the standalone emulator might be preferred.
Requires the Java Runtime Environment to be installed, which has a history of security issues. Because it uses Java, it is also much slower than 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. And thanks to the JPCSP team, and other PSP homebrew teams, PPSSPP is developing at breakneck speeds. Both teams communicate a lot and contribute with each other. It is only recommended to use JPCSP if the game does not work in PPSSPP.
Mobile emulators
See these round-ups for the top PSP emulators on Android.

See also


  1. PPSSPP compat thread (First posted 03-10-2013. Last updated 02-22-2018.]