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Wednesday, September 20, 2006

PSP Beginners Guide: Find And Download PSP Emulator Software

The PSP is the latest in portable gaming technology, and everyone who owns one gets great value in being able to download and play all manner of games, movies and music on their PSP.

However an even better feature of the PSP, is that you can actually use it not only to play PSP games, but to also load and play all of your other console games (for example Nintendo Gameboy games).

To take advantage of this unique feature, you first need to download a piece of software onto your PSP, called an emulator (or sometimes referred to as a 'homebrew').

An emulator is simply piece of software that causes your PSP to act as though it were an alternate games console, such as a Super Nintendo or a Sega Genesis.

Once you have loaded an emulator onto your PSP, the emulator will allow you to play other gaming conole games on your PSP. However, please note that although downloading and installing an emulator isn't illegal, downloading games to use on your emulator may be.


Well, first of all, before you can begin to search for and download an emulator for your PSP, you need to check what firmware version your PSP games console has.

This is because, the only PSP firmware versions that you can download a game onto are versions 1.0 and 1.50, as currently the firmware versions 1.51 and above, won't allow you to run an emulator.

You can check the firmware version on your PSP console, simply by scrolling left on the PSP's main screen and selecting the options in the following order: SETTINGS > SYSTEMS SETTINGS > SYSTEM INFORMATION > SYSTEM SOFTWARE. The SYSTEM SOFTWARE option should show you your PSP's firmware version number.

Now that you have checked that you have the right firmware version, you can now go about looking for an emulator.

The best option for PSP games console owners, is to start by searching for large official PSP downloading websites. They offer you the opportunity to download emulators for your PSP (as well as downloading a wide range of legal games, music and TV shows).

You can also try doing a search for your required PSP emulator (for example, typing in Nintendo PSP Emulator into a search engine). Although be warned, that the software you download from small unofficial websites may do more harm to your PSP games console, than good.

About The Author

Allen Stevens is a part-time games tester and PSP game enthusiast.

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