Android games are there for all tastes and colors, but why not add a bit of PlayStation? We tell you how to enjoy the best PSP games on our mobiles.
If we think of portable consoles, the first thought for 99% of people will be Game Boy. However there are other worlds beyond the portable universe of the great N. That beyond came from the hand of Sony, who after the success of his first two desktop consoles, decided to try his luck in the world of laptops.
Let's put our day at DeLorean December 12, 2004. That day Sony presented its portable bet, the call PSP -PlayStation Portable- and we will see how to bring the experience of playing with it on our Android.
Sony PSP, a little history
We are talking about a machine belonging to the seventh generation of consoles. It is Sony's third console and the first in laptops, it went on sale in Japan in 2004 and in the rest of the world – North America, Europe and the rest of Asia – throughout 2005.
In this console the Japanese company wanted to take the PlayStation desktop experience, especially the first one, to the palm of your hand. Not only did he stay in that, but he also added a multimedia ecosystem thanks to the UMD optical system, the incorporation of WiFi and the use of memory cards. These are its specifications:
- CPU Sony CXD1876 32bit up to 333 MHz.
- GPU Sony CXD2962GG up to 166 Mhz.
- 4.3 ″ screen 480 × 272 on all models, except for the PSP-N1000 which is 3.8 ″.
- 32MB of RAM | 64MB in later models.
- 32MB of storage| 64MB | 16 GB.
- Optical unit UMD up to 1.8GB | Memory Stick Duo.
- Wifi | IrDA | Bluetooth | Mini USB 2.0.
Like other consoles, these specifications are laughable if we compare it with any smartphone / tablet today, but if we talk about the time when it appeared it is a fairly decent hardware.
Looking for a PSP emulator
Despite being a recent console, always speaking in the world of video games, the emulators for the Sony PSP have evolved until you reach a point where your emulation is quite stable.
There are many emulators available, but we leave you the ones better compatibility and simplicity of use they have. The one that stands out above the others is PPSSPP, which has the most development time. We have accompanied it with OxPSP and our versatile RetroArch which, among the systems that it allows to emulate, we find the Sony PSP.
The good thing about these three options is that they are free, although some have a paid version, but to enjoy the gaming experience it is not necessary to spend money.
Without the proper command … but it is a portable
Well, here we find a small detail that can take back the most purists. Being a portable console there is no control as such, the console itself is the command. We have before us three options to enjoy PSP games on our Android:
- Touch screen controls: We can use the buttons that will appear on the screen, as in most Android games. It may be the furthest way to enjoy the PSP experience.
- Android device for games: We talk about devices like the GPD XD, which is a console with Android system. Being a console incorporates the controls in the device itself, it is the option that is closer to the PSP experience.
- External control: Just like in desktop console emulators, we can use a remote that connects to our device via USB. It is a hybrid option that gives you some PlayStation gaming experience.
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PSP, a hardware with few games
Let's be honest, PSP enjoyed higher specifications than the competition, but it didn't have a catalog of games that supported it. The hardware without the software is worthless, in that Nintendo taught Sony that not everything is to have the most powerful hardware in hand. However, not everything is despair and shadows in the PSP universe, since it has some games that make it worthwhile.
- Ape Escape: On the Loose: The crazy monkeys of the Sony consoles were not going to lose the power to carry out their crazy forays on the laptop.
- Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles: Based on a title that only appeared in Japan, we find a 2.5D remastering of one of the games in the saga best considered by the players.
- Daxter: The co-star of Jack & Daxter had his solo game inside the Sony laptop, a platform full of action, puzzles, all coupled with large doses of humor, we highlight the tribute to Matrix of our protagonist.
- Dragon Ball Z: Shin Budokai: The first Dragon Ball game on the portable console, the addition of multiplayer mode gives it a lot of play.
- Final Fantasy VII: Crisis Core: Action game with RPG dyes based on the world of Final Fantasy VII.
- God of War: Ghost of Sparta: After the great success in PS2 and PS3 it was decided to make the leap to the laptop, a game that can be considered one of the best in the console.
- GTA: Vice City Stories: A GTA in the palm of your hand, the most you can ask for, the compression felt great, since it keeps everything you've done to this big saga.
- Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep: We are before the prequel to the first Kingdom Hearts of PS2, if you are a follower of the saga you will find many answers about the story.
- Little Big Planet: The compressed version of the PlayStation 3 game, with the difference of the absence of cooperative multiplayer mode. In the rest it maintains all the playability and fun platform.
- LocoRoco 1 and 2: A game where you should think to take its protagonists along platforms and puzzles, all this by tilting the console to move our "Crazy" world.
- Medievil Resurrection: Tuning the original title of the first PlayStation, despite being the portable version the game has been blessed with great additions in plot, enemies, weapons, minigames and graphics.
- Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker: This installment is between Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater and Gear Ground Zero / The Phantom Pain, its cooperative multiplayer modes are pure fun.
- Monster Hunter Freedom Unite: One of the sagas that found in PSP a place made to measure, the possibility of hunting monsters wherever we are and the ad-hoc connection that allows us to enjoy with our friends.
- Patapon: A game from the creators of LocoRoco, where we will play God, but with rhythm. It is accompanied by colorful graphics and a fun experience.
- Tekken Dark Resurrection: Sony went through the compressor the Tekken 5 to carry out this portable version, noted for its online fighting.
- Silent Hill: Origins: The portable version of the popular saga retains the essence of the original games, offering us exploration, puzzles and fighting.
- Untold Legends: Brotherhood of the Blade: A third-person action game with RPG dyes, unlike other games, it lacks online mode. However, thanks to the Ad-Hoc mode we can play cooperatively with our friends.