PPSSPP is an impressively capable emulator for the original Sony PlayStation Portable, and today it's a little more so. The 1.1 update adds a ton of new features, or at least it officially adds them - support for Android TV and ARM64 seems to have been there for quite a while, since I've been playing Power Stone on the NVIDIA SHIELD TV since we published the review back in May.

Other changes include screen rotation support for those few PSP games that can be played in a vertical layout, the usual collection of improvements to general performance, audio, GPU compatibility, and AdHoc multiplayer mode, and savestates for homebrewed PSP apps. The emulator is shining a light on homebrew games and applications in general: it now includes an integrated Homebrew Store. Right now there are only a handful of titles in there (most notably the cult classic Cave Story), but they're all free:

  • Cave Story
  • PSP-Flower
  • rROOTAGE
  • Yellow Rose of Texas
  • Planet Hively
  • Suicide Barbie (what?)
  • Trigonometry Wars
  • Chuckie Egg
  • Breakout
  • Attack of the Mutants

PPSSPP remains free, and it's far and away the best PSP emulator available on the Play Store. If you'd like the same experience without the integrated advertising, PPSSPP Gold is $6 and it's been given the same 1.1 upgrade.

PPSSPP - PSP emulator
PPSSPP - PSP emulator
Developer: Henrik Rydgård
Price: Free

PPSSPP Gold - PSP emulator
PPSSPP Gold - PSP emulator