PPSSPP Emulator Review

Welcome all, today we introduce a new addition to the team with an exciting review of the emulator PPSSPP by the brilliant mind that is Kairos.

App Version: 1.3
Price: Free ($5.99 for Gold Edition that removes ads on Android)

PPSSPP is a PSP emulator developed by Henrik Rydgard + The PPSSPP Team for Windows, Android, iOS, MacOSX, Blackberry 10 and Symbian. It’s open source, and in my opinion, the ideal choice for playing PSP games aside from using an actual PSP. The emulator is polished and jam-packed with nifty design choices that make the emulation experience very enjoyable. Off the bat, the user interface stood out most to me. It’s very slick and feels like a mini OS. The home screen lets you view a list of recently played games accompanied by thumbnails and background images; while it’s not a revolutionary feature, it does give the emulator its own identity and charm.

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Each game you play gets added to your Recent tab allowing you to launch them with ease

Feature-wise, it provides you with your bread and butter emulation settings: frame skipping, rendering and resolution options, texture scaling and filtering, debugging and more. There’s a built-in X input that allows Xbox 360 controller usage without much configuration. There are also networking options along with the Homebrew Store but I haven’t tested them out yet.

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The settings provide more than enough customization for all of your graphical, networking and controller needs. I do wish there were more audio features though

I tested the emulator on Windows and Android. I have a decent laptop so the emulator didn’t give me many problems on Windows. Games are up-scaled nicely in fullscreen mode and being able to save states via my controller was convenient. The Android app ran surprisingly well too. I bought the Gold edition of the app to support the developers but honestly didn’t see much difference between it and the free edition. Android did have some hiccups with big games, though. Crisis Core, Dissidia and Monster Hunter gave me some issues. Final Fantasy: Type-0 was pretty much unplayable on my Moto G4 Play, a mid-range phone.

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Monster Hunter Portable 3rd HD on PPSSPP Windows

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Crisis Core: Final Fantasy VII on PPSSPP Android

Control-wise there’s a lot of customization. However, I’m not a big fan of touch controls so I definitely spent more time using my MOGA Hero bluetooth controller. It works great with the emulator and aside from some input delay, I totally recommend it for mobile gaming.

Here is a list of devices I tested the emulator on:

– Acer Aspire E 15 Laptop (Windows 10 64-bit, Intel Core i5-6200U 2.3 GHz, NVIDIA GeForce 940MX (2GB), 8GB RAM) – Ran excellent on this. Aside from the occassional graphic and audio lag, I didn’t have many problems.

– Moto G4 Play – A lot of hiccups but most games I tried were playable. Heavier games gave me issues and lead to countless crashes.

– Moto X – Better than the G4 but not by a lot. Occasional crashes.

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Save states are easily accessible via controller or the back button on Android

  • Pros

– Multi-platform and ease of portability
– Nice menu UI
– Gamepad support on Android
– The ability to save states via controller
– Clean up-scaling in full-screen mode
– Multi-langauge support

  • Cons
    – Big games may give you trouble depending on your phone (Android)
    – Had some audio latency issues (Windows and Android)
    – Occasional lag (Windows and Android)

The verdict: 4/5


[written by Kairos]


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