PSP on the PC
So far, this article has focused on how to make the most of your PSP. Using emulators, you can pretty much play a wide range of console games on the PSP, albeit a bit slowly. However, what about playing PSP games on the PC? Is it possible to load up your favorite PSP ISO or game on the PC for some cross-platform gaming? Well, the answer is yes and no.
As it turns out, the ability to play PSP games on the PC is possible, but a full fledge PSP emulator is currently not available. Before getting too depressed, people are working on this. Currently there is a rudimentary PSP emulator that can be used to play homebrew games available online. While the selection of working games and applications is a bit scarce, we were able to get three programs working during our brief testing. Figure 7 shows the PSP emulator in action. Please note that actual use of the emulator was sketchy at best, and for the most part unusable. However, the ball is rolling on this issue and we can probably expect a working emulator in the not to distant future. Use the following links and instructions to reproduce our results.
Download emulator: http://www.psp-hacks.com/index.php?p=87
Download Mario World, PSP!: http://www.psp-hacks.com/downloads.php#homebrew
Extract the emulator and psp-mario files into respective folders
Open each folder in a separate window
Locate the Eboot.pbp file in the Mario directory
Drag and drop the Eboot.pbp file on top of pspe.exe file in the psp-pc-emu folder
Game should launch
Figure 7: Mario, Calculator, Trivia loaded in PSP-PC Emulator