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Last Updated: October 19th, 2012

Sony's PlayStation Mobile for Android just went live for certified devices last night. But what if you don't have a certified device, which so far includes only a number of Sony phones and tablets as well as the HTC One series? Heck, I have a One series device - the EVO LTE - but turns out it's not certified. That's just silly.

Not a problem - if you have root on your phone or tablet, getting the PSM (PlayStation Mobile) apk to work is a matter of pushing a few files it relies on to your /system directory and rebooting. Original credit goes to XxXPachaXxX - I used his work from a few months ago, took out some extra unnecessary Bravia engine stuff, and repacked it into a flashable zip for use with the PSM.

Here is PS Mobile running on my Nexus 7:

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On the Nexus 7, I was able to play the free game and successfully tested a paid game called Fuel Tiracas. They both worked wonderfully. I also bought Samurai Beatdown, but for some reason it didn't install right (I tried 3 times but the download just said installation unsuccessful, hmmm).

Unfortunately, PSM crashes upon loading the store front on my EVO LTE. If you're not using a certified device, don't be surprised if it crashes on yours too - after all, it wasn't certified and, therefore, not tested.

Screenshots

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Installation

Disclaimer: Android Police isn't responsible for any harm to your device - proceed at your own risk.

Step 1.

Download and install the latest PSM apk from Sony. I mirrored the current version, 1.0, here:

If you try to run the PSM app now, you'll likely get this:

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Step 2.

Download the flashable zip I packed from one of these mirrors:

Step 3.

Note: Just to be clear once again, you have to be rooted to install the helper files com.playstation.playstationcertified.jar and com.playstation.playstationcertified.xml. If you're not rooted yet, first figure out how to do so to your device and then come back.

Flash the zip from custom recovery, like ClockworkMod or TWRP. This relies on having busybox, which if you're rooted, you likely already do.

Alternatively, if you don't want to flash from recovery or just like to know what you're doing, you can perform the steps manually while booted into Android:

  1. Unzip the zip file downloaded in step 2.
  2. Copy playcertetcpermissionscom.playstation.playstationcertified.xml to /system/etc/permissions/ on your device.
  3. Copy playcertframeworkcom.playstation.playstationcertified.jar to /system/framework/ on your device.
  4. Set the permissions on com.playstation.playstationcertified.jar to 644 (read/write, read, read) using your favorite file manager or command line.
  5. Reboot.

Step 4.

At this point, PSM should work just fine and you should no longer see the error from Step 1. Go register for a Sony Entertainment Network account if you haven't yet and try playing some games.

Please report your successes and failures in the comments.

Artem Russakovskii
Artem is a die-hard Android fan, passionate tech blogger, obsessive-compulsive editor, bug hunting programmer, and the founder of Android Police.
Most of the time, you will find Artem either hacking away at code or thinking of the next 15 blog posts.

  • Bariman43

    So, what is this? Is it a Sony-legal PSP emulator or is it just a front end for Sony-made Android games?

    • coggy9

      Front end for Android games. Doesn't have to be made by Sony AFAIK.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      http://playstation.com/psm/index_e.html

      PlayStation®Mobile (PSM) is a new initiative to deliver PlayStation® content on open operating system-based portable devices. This new initiative will allow SCE to deliver the PlayStation® experience to a greater number of users. From the PlayStation®Store, users can purchase a wide variety of content developed by a diverse pool of developers through SCE’s new PSM Developer Program, and enjoy that content on PlayStation™Certified devices (PS Certified devices) and the PlayStation®Vita system.

      • TweetrGuy

        It also delivers a whole new subset of unknowning victims to hackers.

        • duplissi

          lol. although now id bet sen is pretty damn secure.

  • trendless

    Iiiii'm gonna guess that by "One-series" they mean One X, One S, One V, etc...

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Yeah, what else would it be?

      • Deaconclgi

        What he is saying is that the Evo 4G LTE that was mentioned in the article is NOT part of the One Series....since it factually isn't.....in the One series.....no matter how we feel about it.

    • wilks

      Not sure if this is region based or not, but I'm getting the error shown above on my Australian One X (didn't think I'd need to go the rooted route :)

  • Lex_407

    Installed it and it crashes as soon as the store front loads up. I'll give it a matter of days and it will be working fine thanks to the wonderful dev community. Big hopes for this app. This can really push the PS Vita.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      What device?

      • Vern

        Same here. SIII on CM10 nightly.

      • Lex_407

        SGSIII

      • Johnny Hilderbrands

        Any thoughts on this one would love to play on the SGIII international. I am on CM10 Nightly also.

    • guy

      Same with an LTE Nexus running XenonHD

    • behelit

      Same GS3 using CM10:
      Error is:

      E/AndroidRuntime(29557): java.lang.IllegalArgumentException: Cannot draw recycled bitmaps

      • Unholysilence

        On Rogers with Galaxy S3 SGH-i747 with CM10 nightly using ES File Explorer.
        Got it working when you place the files in the respective locations change the file permissions to:
        User - read/write/execute
        Group - read/write/execute
        Other - read/write/execute
        Then restart and you should be good to go.
        Hope with helps for SGS3 users!

        • Kike

          Hey Behelit tried what you said on my Gnex 4.1.1 but it still doesnt work
          Is it just the file permissions or the folder?

  • Falconator

    If I own a psone title on my ps vita, will I be able to download and play it on my phone through this?

    • BrianLipp

      no, this is a different store/platform from the one sony uses to sell PSone games.

  • Keith Freeman

    Working great on my Motorola Photon!

  • Howard Cannon

    Working on my Evo 3d

  • http://www.facebook.com/feyerbrand Tyson Young

    Doesn't work on my transformer prime tf201

  • imtoomuch

    Thank you for the tutorial! It works perfectly. But now all I have access to is overpriced apps that honestly look pretty low quality. I'll wait for better games.

  • http://www.stevenmattera.com Steven Mattera

    Tried on my Galaxy Note running Jelly Bean (Paranoid Android ROM) with no luck, getting the following error message:

    "8008103e"

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      That error indicates that the install didn't work. Did you set the permissions and reboot? Maybe the flash method didn't work.

      • http://www.stevenmattera.com Steven Mattera

        I originally tried the manual method using Solid Explorer with no avail. So I tried to flash it in recovery and it still didn't work.

  • Tony Miller

    Crashes in store with Galaxy Nexus CM10

    • http://profiles.google.com/atlbaird Evan Anderson

      Mine as well gnex ...running aokp jelly bean

      • Greg Bissell

        Working fine for me using Gnex AOKP jb

  • ElfirBFG

    Can't get it to flash.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Try the manual way.

  • FirefighterMatt56

    Crashes after login on TF700 Transformer Infinity.

  • Guest

    work on my LG G2x with Paranoid Android (cm10)

  • C-art-toon

    work on my LG G2x with Paranoid Android (cm10), just testing the free one: everybody's arcade.... work well but no touch screen for this one

  • http://www.facebook.com/michaelgonzalez2012 Michael Gonzalez

    I would just go here and download PCSX2 which is the PSX/PS2 Emulator for Android. Using this emulator I successfully ran Final Fantasy 7 and X on my phone.
    http://www.filecrop.com/pcsx2-emulator-android.html

    • Jeff B

      How about you actually purchase that emulator?

      • http://www.facebook.com/michaelgonzalez2012 Michael Gonzalez

        The entire point of having console emulators is not to have to purchase them. What you are saying defeats the purpose of emulation. Emulators are usually free and have been for many years or didn't you know that...

        • BrianLipp

          and you clearly dont know crap about what PSMobile is. Its not a platform to get PSone games (or any other older platform games) onto android (at least not now, anyway, who knows), its a cross-platform service that lets developers make ORIGINAL games for Vita and "select" android devices

        • Jeff B

          Thanks for the lesson on emulators!

          Anyway I though you were linking to one of the PAID psx emulators that are in the play store but you are still linking to Warez.

          • crissyr

            Basically Jeff you got owned GTFO

          • Jeff B

            No, I did not get owned, I was only pointing out that he is linking to warez (Co-pilot and others) . I know about emulators which this article was not about.

  • Hayden Bridges

    Gotta love a good hack ;) Works perfectly on my Samsung Exhibit II with CM9. Nice post btw.

  • Silverbow

    Works on my Toshiba Thrive (ICS).

  • Himmat Singh

    Are these games packaged as APKs? Any idea why Sony never opened it to everyone then?

    • http://twitter.com/misterE33 Mr E

      Who knows what Sony is thinking. However, they did just get the majority of people in these comments to install their storefront. I'm not sure that would've happened if it was just some other third-party appstore.

  • Dark4eons

    Works on my galaxy s1 with cm10 nightlies

  • Tyson Smith

    Just installed using the manual method on my Asus Transformer TFT101. Seems to be working fine. Thanks for the great instructions. I'm currently installing a free game. I'll let you know how it goes by posting on my G+ page. Cheers again.

  • RH

    International version G-Note, stock 4.04 with speedmod kernal, worked just fine.

  • iTKe2k

    thanks for the TiP.

  • http://twitter.com/louiedog louiedog

    It didn't work for me. I copied both files to their respective folders, changed permissions for the .jar, and rebooted, but I still get the same error from the screenshot. Does it not work on Gingerbread? I'm probably in the minority on this site that is still on it.

    edit: rebooted a second time without changing anything and it works now

  • Nathan

    Installed using manual method on Kindle Fire HD. Seems to be working just fine.

  • LintonCaldecott

    Not available in my region.
    stupid region! (south africa)

    • troph

      Get a VPN (hotspot shield works great on my tablet)

  • Anwar Yunos

    Hi. Manage to install PSM on my Galaxy Tab GT-P6800 (Singapore) as per your instruction above and register for an account at Sony Entertainment but unfortunately on signing in to PlayStation Network met with the following problem:

    "This service is not available in your country/region."

    Please advise. Thanks

  • http://twitter.com/Deaddragonz K3V Productions

    Works perfect on my ics rezound :) i flashed the zip n logged into my account, cant download games because "i need wifi" -_-

    • http://twitter.com/BygSii Craig Greene

      just downloaded and zip flashed to my Rezound running ICS as well. It works.

  • adventure_of_link

    got it working on my HTC Evo 3D running Trib's SolidROM Stock 3.6 GUI/Clock v3.0.. Just so ya know the PSM is already included with his ROM series, so you will need to download the PSM apk and re-install. Just flashing over the three needed files and expect it to work doesn't do any good.

  • http://www.facebook.com/andreas.tillman Andreas Ante Sepúlveda

    Not available in my region either (Sweden).
    VPN could be doable, but too much work :P
    I'll wait til they get a few more games on there.

  • Jagannath Patil

    Motorola Defy - CM 10 rom by Quarx.

    installed fine....but "This service is not available in your country/region." :( help help !

  • Greg Bissell

    Works like a charm on my Gnex running AOKP

    • Rain Clark

      Funny it crashes on mine when it loads the main page (GSM Galaxy Nexus on AOKP B4)

      • http://www.facebook.com/haitao.li.587 Haitao Li

        mee too, GSM Galaxy Nexus on AOSP

  • Jared Busch

    unfortunately, when it loads to the store front on my SGS3 I9300, it just crashes. " Unfortunately PSM has stopped". Gonna wait for the folks at xda to sort this one out =D Thanks for the Hack Android Police!

    • Johnny Hilderbrands

      Same here, Any ideas for this?

      • http://profiles.google.com/a2r3francis Adrian Francis

        I am wondering the same

  • http://twitter.com/misterE33 Mr E

    For anyone who's gotten it working, does it have any special capabilities if you connect a PS3 Dualshock controller? Looking at the overlays, it seems like they could include sixaxis-type functionality pretty easily.

  • Jano

    For those who tried manual method and didn't work: Give permission to BOTH files and reboot

  • Apekaas

    It worked for me on my Nexus 7. Installed and played the only free game available :P

    For all of you who have problems with your country, just select US when it gives a pop-up at the start. When registering your account also just select US and choose a state you like. It does not check your country via your connection, so a vpn is not needed ;)

  • Matthew Fry

    Nice Artem! Thanks! I will try this on my Touchpad when I get home. I've yet to find a game that the Touchpad has issues running.

  • Jose H

    dont work on Acer Iconia A500

  • Falconator

    So far, everything is working fine on my DInc2 running the leaked ICS build. Haven't played/tested any games yet though.

  • keith

    Got it to work on my nexus 7 but not on my galaxy nexus both on aokp jb b4

  • Luca

    done without Problems on my Nexus 7 JB 4.1.1 - CM10 - Paranoid Rom 2.13 - Rooted.
    I got the same issue with not avaiable, just take another location lol :P
    First i choose Switzerland, not working then i used USA and it works... little bit stupid but it works fine for me.

  • http://www.facebook.com/nickjdbarr Nick Barr

    On my Asus infinity, did it manually as no recovery installed. It opens, gets to the 'store' screen, then force closes. Any ideas why? This device is supposed to be certified, although not yet, so surely it is more than capable. I am in the UK.

  • http://www.facebook.com/anmol.hi Anmol Sharma

    Worked with my sgs3

    • http://profiles.google.com/a2r3francis Adrian Francis

      How did you get it to work?

  • http://twitter.com/PabLosuMac Pablo Suarez

    Does not work on galaxy s3 with Jelly bean.

    • http://about.me/jayvansantos Jayvan J. Santos

      It lets you sign in, but as soon as the store loads it crashes. Running SuperNexus build 5 [AOSP].

    • MasterMuffin

      Official JB?

    • rjet

      U r having stupid phone

  • Greg

    Let me install and sign on on gnex running cm10 but force closes after that

  • http://www.facebook.com/xXBoDiEsXx Joseph Webb

    Flashed on Asus tf300 works fine.

  • art0rz

    I have rooted my Galaxy Tab 10.1 but I get an error when flashing the zip and I cannot seem to write to /system/framework when I try to do it manually

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000808698873 Hamza Baig

      Me too with Galaxytab 8.9

  • Yousuf Al-Nedabi

    It's working with me.. using SGS2 with Jelly Bean

  • squigly

    TF700, stock jb, rooted (duh).
    Manual method get you past the error, but crashes right after.

    Anyone with a tf700 got it working?

  • arkgum

    thnks works well atrix 4g

  • Bahha

    Works on HTC desire HD / didn't on Iconia Tab a100

  • jawonder

    Nice Samuria Beatdown is working fine on my Nexus 7 i diwnload it from my downloads because i bought it for the PS Vita. Thanks for this . Oh and the store crashes on the Galaxy S3 .

  • bahha

    now Working on Acer Iconia Tab a100. you don't have enter your real region. I left as England . and it's not complaining . but only one game is for free O:

  • http://www.freshnewsarea.com/ Harkunwar Singh Kochar

    Works great in my HTC Inspire 4G

  • http://www.facebook.com/aliciousthedon Alexander Machado

    Works Perfect on Samsung Galaxy S2 4.1.1 Germany but there are not to many free games

  • http://www.facebook.com/ykhalid33 Socotoly Corp

    Work perfectly on my HTC EVO 3D in MIUI Rom.
    Thanks :)

  • Kike

    Has anyone found a solution for nexus runnning JB 4.1.1

  • Mg

    good, it works for me in an xperia p device

    • Oscar Villa Cardenas

      the ps3 controller works with the xperia p?

  • metalkats

    Works on Droid Bionic.

    • metalkats

      Okay it did work, now after trying to re-install after ICS update I keep getting the error message :( anyone got it working on Bionic ICS?

  • http://www.facebook.com/Ganja.Guerilla Brent Lee Kitchen

    Works great on HTC EVO Design 4G :D

  • Phil K

    works nice, now if only i could play my psp game i have in my account on it, i'll be all set.

  • Liam Sansam

    keep getting the error message as shown above, id set permissions and copied over the files to the loactions but the error popped up no matter what i did, even after several reboots.
    (on 4.1.2 jb rooted nexus 7)

  • Chris

    It works on my T-Mobile Galaxy S2 but there's only one free game...

  • http://twitter.com/Rajliv02 Rajliv

    Excellent, my Playstation Ceritified Xperia S does not work with this because "not availabale in my region" which is Norway. Excellent work Sony, advertising this phone with playstation supporrt and ICS, and providing no such thing. We got ICS about 3 months after launch.

  • Parabolee

    Worked perfectly for me on Galaxy S3. Used Root Explorer to copy the two files and apply the permissions. I'm on 4.0.4. Love it. Super Crate Box is awesome.

  • Nick

    "Unfortunatly PSM has stopped" SGS3 MIUI ROM... :(

  • Nick

    Actually, i installed a ROM based off 4.0.4 and it worked fine... i guess it just doesnt work with 4.1? SGS3 Wanamlite ROM

  • Jon

    Uh, I have a GSM Galaxy Nexus running 4.1.2, but the issue is once I log in, the application crashes.

  • WolfRamii

    i get error 8008002E and then close the app... what happend???? how can i fix this problem??

  • esto

    it kept crashing on my galaxy s3 but when I opened it yesterday it asked to update and it hasn't crashed since
    Foxhound rising Rom 1.3 jb

  • http://twitter.com/JKR13Chris Christion R

    I want to start y saying thank you. Have an HTC one s, (AWESOME phone)everything went well...app opened without crash. Went through the games and made a purchase, than it happened. The game is entirely too large on the screen. I think I get about 35% of the image. I tried changing the DPI to 200 (One S is hdpi 240)and it barely changed anything. I love/hate you Sony. Why put the app out if we can't use it...duh..please help.

  • LezGrl79

    Works on my Sprint Samsung Galaxy S3.. I did it by flashing the zip file.

  • http://www.facebook.com/georgi.j.karadzhov Jorku Dee

    How can i set the permissions to:read/write, read, read,im usin ES file explorer,as what type of file should i open it ?

  • Kamal Iqwan

    not available in my stupid country!

  • http://twitter.com/danycagiva Daniel R.

    Hi everyone! I had the same problems by installing the Files manually. But i have fixed it with one move. I dont know why its working but its working. To get it work just set the permission for the .jar to

    read/write/execute

    read/write/execute

    read/write/execute

    and for the .xml the same permissions

    read/write/execute

    read/write/execute

    read/write/execute

    To change the permissions in es file explorer just hold tap and select properties

    There you can change the permissions. I hope i could help anybody

    • http://www.djsmobiles.com/ DJRipster

      Hi,

      Thanks for this tip... The manual install didn't work for me until I followed this

  • TaZz

    It won't let me look at the permission to change anything. Galaxy Proclaim.

  • lucker#1

    flashed on Nexus 4, rebooted and after updating the android apps and installing psm it works just fine =)

  • huy

    does this work on transformer infinity tf700t?

  • Tom_in_AZ

    I had to do things manually, but it worked after copying the two files and checking their permissions. I have a rooted Acer A500 running Taboonay 3.0d (Android 4.0.3).

    Root File Explorer was my friend here as I had to mount the directories in r/w mode to be able to copy them over and then set the permissions. There was only 3 apps that showed u as free, and they are installing now. I'll post again once it is done installing them.

    • Tom_in_AZ

      Works great! Played Lemmings, some card games, and Billions (that tetris type game) Thanks for sharing this mod!

  • Justin B

    Mine keeps force closing and I'm actually using an r800x on Verizon 2.3.3. :(

  • nexus 7

    Don't know can't find it has it been taken down

  • rodgerrodger

    I was able to install PSM on my Nexus 7 using the above (mirror 3 was still active), but whenever I tried to download the free game (currently Samurai Beatdown) it would fail once the download was complete. Did Sony fix this to no longer work?

  • JustinDiaz

    As of the time of writing this, (and I downloaded this stuff last week but finally got around to flashing the zip yesterday) the psm app seems top open just fine. I get no error message, but the SEN website to register at has been down since last night when I tried to set up the account, so right now i cant get in and try any games. I will update the status as soon as i can register for SEN and try a game or two. I am using a GSM Galaxy Nexus running 4.2.1 stock with root.

  • Landon

    Worked for Evo 4G (not LTE) CM 7.2. Successful with new free PS Mobile games they're giving out as well. Also it required an update to PS mobile last night to 1.1.5 and all is well.

  • MS45

    Losing, not loosing you fucking idiot.
    Retarded comment too.

    • SRT-Devildog

      Don't fucking correct him when your second paragraph is fucked up. You put "nothing's last forever." It is incorrect grammar! It should be "nothing lasts forever." And unless you believe in reincarnation, death lasts forever.

  • kidhadou

    Cheers! Works perfectly on Samsung Galaxy S3 (Jellybean 4.1.2).

    One note to add though: Don't forget to reboot the device after copying & setting the permission for the .jar & .xml files (using root explorer).

  • Roman Buehler

    to download and play the -free- games, i still have to deliver my CC info, including the security code on the backside??? and they want to store the security code???? what the f...?!!???!?! uninstalled and put sony back in the ban from my life as it was...

    pity, there are some nice games there, but then again, i'll stick to gaming on pc...

    it did work tho, galaxy note GT-N7000 on paranoid android 3.10

  • Tarang Shah

    How to download it's paid game for free??

  • Ninjamant11

    I'm running liquid smooth ROM on my Samsung Galaxy S3 and I completed this process working in about 5 minutes including the time it took to reboot my phone and sign in. Great information thanks!

  • bestnugz

    Runs fine on my rooted lg spectrum with unlocked bootloader. Just flashed the zip file opened app and voila it worked.

  • Kirk Ragland

    I have a nexus 7 files will not copy to the location.

  • Andrei Lavrenov

    Excellent, though I found out it's not available in my region... No worries, though, just logged in with my american account...

  • Kaflex

    Works good on my ATT S3 (d2att (I747)) running on Wicked Sensations, JB 4.1.2 with ziggy's kernel

  • Killa

    Got PSM working on Nvidia Shield.

  • Ju Hyoung Maeng

    Thanks dude! It perfectly works on my phone, G2

  • Terrell Grant

    I know this is old and a lil late but I got this working then lost the ability to play but after doin a few quick fixes like; fix permissions, reflash zip, wipe cache and dalvik and then got to app info and clear cache then data got it working again thanks too devs and loving it

  • jman10g

    I have no idea how to change the permission for com.playstation.playstationcertified.jar