6 Best PlayStation Portable (PSP) Emulators for Windows

Are you looking for the best PlayStation Portable (PSP) emulators for windows? Well, you’re in luck because this article will tell you about some of the best ones.

If you are an avid fan of games that were on the PlayStation Portable (PSP) console then read on to find out more about the 5 best PSP emulators for Windows.

Before we get to our list, there are a few things that all PSP emulation software requires:

  • A supported Operating System such as Windows XP or newer
  • DirectX 9 or higher installed and updated
  • A supported video card and driver (most cards are supported)  that supports DirectX 9  or higher for Windows XP or newer
  • A DirectX library that supports the above requirement(s) (If you don’t have installed already, download the DirectX runtime from Microsoft)

Best PlayStation Portable (PSP) Emulators for Windows

Here I’m sharing a few PlayStation portable (PSP) emulators which help run PSP games on your Windows PC.

1. ePSXe 2.6 (Windows)

ePSXe is a great emulator for the original PlayStation console, and also allows the play of games from other consoles such as the Game Boy, Master System, and Genesis. The main purpose of this tool is to allow you to play PlayStation games on your PC, however, there are no major changes in ver2.6 that have been made.

It has also been updated to support Windows 7 and Windows Vista, if you are running one of those two operating systems then you are in luck.

💡 Features of ePSXe

  • Support for Windows 2000, XP, Vista, and Windows 7(32bit+64bit).
  • Improved pad support. (you can choose between XInput and DirectInput).
  • Improved stability (especially in plugins).
  • Added support for BDA device using plugins.   
  • Added support to use external BIOS files.

2. PPSSPP

PPSSPP is an open-source PlayStation Portable emulator for Windows, OS X, and Linux. While it has fewer features than KOREOZ’s emulator it is still a very good PSP emulator for Windows computers. It is available on Windows XP or newer as well as older versions of the Windows platform (95 to 98) and Microsoft’s DOS operating system.  

It also supports alternative operating systems such as Android-based devices, the iPad, and the Wii U.  Unlike KOREOZ’s emulator, it does not require plugins.

💡 Features of PPSSPP

  • Works on a wide range of computers – it has been tested on computers ranging from supercomputers to 10-year-old hardware. The performance you will get depends more on your CPU and graphics card than the age of your computer.
  • Easy to configure – just point it at your PSP’s folder, tell it which game you want to play, and go!
  • Can be used with virtual controllers (input device will change automatically.
  • Supports save states
  • L2 and R2 can be pressed directly, so it works like a gamepad (works on Windows, Unix, Linux, OS X)
  • If you have a graphics card that does not work well with your current drivers then PPSSPP can force the video driver to use a different mode. This can help with issues where the screen is too dark or bright for example

3. PSPemu (PSP)

This PSP emulator provides a way to use plugins for special features and is one of the few open-source PlayStation Portable emulators available. It launched in 2013 and allows operating systems to be used on Windows, OS X, Linux and Android through its Qt plugin architecture.

The emulator supports both DirectX9 and DirectX11 hardware acceleration of video hardware that meets the requirements of DirectX 11.

💡 Features of PSPemu (PSP)

  • PSPemu (PSP) is very stable and offers high compatibility with games, even when using obscure plugins.
  • This emulator can also use plugins to add new features, such as better sound quality, support for additional controls, etc…
  • Though the emulator has a plugin system, the plugins themselves do not need to be written for it in order to work, the emulator will automatically find and load any plugin that supports it.
  • L2 and R2 buttons can be pressed directly without using virtual joysticks as with other emulators
  • The emulator also comes with plugins that are not part of its core frameworks, such as different sound effects or improved picture quality.

4. Dop-Mate

Dop-Mate is a PlayStation Portable (PSP) emulator for Windows XP, Vista, 7, and 8 that supports DirectX 9 hardware acceleration. This PSP emulator also offers support for plugins and emulates the Sony PSP 2000 hardware.

It also works with a wide variety of other video game systems and can be used to play both old and new games.

💡 Features of Dop-Mate

  • Emulates the Sony PSP 2000 and all of its features.
  • This emulator is very stable and supports many games even through the use of obscure plugins. Plugin compatibility has also been improved in this version of the emulator.
  • As with most emulators, it can use plugins to add additional features such as better sound quality, support for additional controls, etc…
  • The emulator can run in full-screen mode (require MS Internet Explorer 6.0 or later or Mozilla Firefox 3.0 or later).
  • Dop-Mate emulator supports save states and process screenshots.
  • L2 and R2 buttons can be pressed directly without using virtual joysticks as with other emulators

5. BCPSP

BCPSP is one of the most popular PSP emulators for Windows due to its simplicity to use and the compatibility of its games. Most games can be run with only a few exceptions, due to this capability it has an extremely high overall user satisfaction rating.

This emulator is able to run most PSP and PSX games just fine, some just take a little longer than others to play.

💡 Features of BCPSP

  • This emulator is very stable and even when using obscure plugins, offers compatibility with most games.
  • The emulator is able to run the entire library of PSX games and the majority of PSP games, just some take longer than others to load.
  • This emulator is able to support plugins that offer features that are not offered by the default emulator, such as high-speed audio playback, improved sound quality, etc…
  • The emulator uses plugins for features such as high-speed audio playback, improved sound quality, etc…
  • The emulator can run in full-screen mode (require MS Internet Explorer 6.0 or later or Mozilla Firefox 3.0 or later).
  • BCPSP supports save states and process screenshots while also offering fast recall of saved data allowing for easy navigation of your game state and quicker reloads when needed.

6. Nebula

This PSP emulator comes from the development team Noobz and is licensed under the GPL v3 license. The latest version available is “Nebula-2.2” which is compatible with Windows Vista, XP, 7, and 8.

It also offers support for Android-based devices, Linux, and Mac systems that have an equivalent to or newer than OS X 10.5 Leopard to run Nebula’s latest versions.

💡 Features of Nebula

  • Simple XMB Menu interface
  • PBP support (PSP ModTools)
  • Network play mode support.
  • PSX, PS1, and PSP BIOS.
  • A cheat file called /psp/cheats/nebula.txt containing cheats for hundreds of PSP games is included with the emulator.
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Frequently Asked Questions

Here I’m sharing a few FAQs related to PlayStation portable (PSP) emulators for Windows:

Will Using PSP Emulator Damage My Computer? 

It won’t! The latest PSP emulator for Windows is safe to use and won’t harm your computer in any way. But keep in mind that the emulator is often being updated, which could lead to incompatibility of games running on the emulator.

You can check out our list of best PlayStation Portable (PSP) emulators for windows, which will help you play your favorite games smoothly on your PC without any issue.

Which One is the Best PSP Emulator?

If you are looking for the best PlayStation emulator for your computer, then I would recommend using ePSXe.

How to Download and Install PSP Emulator?

There’s no such thing as an “installation” of a PlayStation Portable emulator for Windows as they are available on the internet in .rar format.

All you have to do is download the respective emulator from its official website, extract it using WinRAR or 7-Zip and then copy the files into any desired folder on your hard drive.

Can I Play Games with Another Person using PSP Emulators?

It depends; most emulators will let you play games with other people over multiplayer functionality.

Wrapping Up!

So that was it for the best PSP emulators for Windows. We hope you liked this article on the topic.

If you know any other great PSP emulator for Windows, which is not listed in our list, then feel free to share it with us in the comments section below!

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