PocketStation emulators

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PocketStation
Sony-PocketStation.png
Developer Sony
Type Memory Card peripheral
Generation Fifth generation
Release date 1999
Discontinued 2002
Successor n/a
Emulated

The PocketStation is a memory card peripheral made by Sony Computer Entertainment for the PlayStation that was released in Japan on January 23, 1999. It had a ARM7T CPU with 2KB of RAM. Software for the PocketStation was typically distributed as PlayStation CD-ROM extras, enhancing the games with added features. Stand-alone software could also be downloaded through the PlayStation console. The software is then transferred to the PocketStation for use. A built-in infrared data interface allows direct transfer of data such as game saves between PocketStation units, as well as multiplayer gaming. 60 games in total were compatible with the PocketStation.

Emulators[edit]

Name Platform(s) Latest Version PlayStation
communication
libretro Accuracy FLOSS Active Recommended
PC / x86
PK201   20/04/28 (Windows)
23/08/31 (Android)
[N 1] Mid
MAME         0.266 High
No$GBA     3.05 * Mid ~
PKEmu   1.1 Private Beta ?
pockystation   gitlibretro ?
Mobile / ARM
PK201   20/04/28 (Windows)
23/08/31 (Android)
[N 1] Mid
MAME     libretro core[N 2] High ~
  1. 1.0 1.1 Possible with XEBRA. XEBRA is the first PlayStation emulator to include compatibility with PocketStation.
  2. As "mamearcade_libretro and mame_libretro_ios.dylib", 0.139 (2010), 0.78 (2003), 0.37b5 (2000)

Comparisons[edit]

MAME
Currently, a handful of games run, but some die due to odd hardware issues.
No$GBA
PocketStation as part of NO$GBA 2.7 onwards. The odd choice of emulators comes from GBA, DS and PocketStation sharing parts of the ARM architecture. Functional.