The PSP is the hottest handheld device ever released. It does movies, pictures, songs, gaming, and it does them with pizzazz. Beautiful graphics, an intuitive design, and a flare that you would expect from Apple all have helped make the PSP this year's greatest little gadget.
Despite the fact that the PSP already outperforms all other handheld consoles, there are many people in this world who looked at this device at its launch and wondered, 'I wonder what else it can do?' Answers to this question started to roll in within one week of the US release, and they haven't stopped. As of this article's writing (late August, 2005), it is now possible to surf the net, play thousands of emulated games, run Linux and Windows, rip the game from a UMD and play it from a memory stick, operate a calculator, view camera images, and more. Just keeping up with the developments is practically a full-time job.
While we would like to look at everything, this article will only focus on one thing: games. (A list of other PSP-specific content on Informit is at the end of this article.) Specifically, we are going to examine emulators that allow you to play games from other consoles systems. We'll also explain how to create backups of your UMD games and play them right from the Memory Stick Pro Duo. If you are reading this and do not own a PSP, then I would hope that by the end of this article you will have found a few reasons to get out and buy one!
Version 1.5 Required
The information contained in this article only applies to PSP firmware version 1.0 and 1.5. If you do not have one of these versions, then you are currently out of luck. Sony 'fixed' the loopholes that allow emulators to run in versions 1.51 and above, and complete changed things around in the latest version 2.0. In the future, remember that you should never upgrade your firmware unless it is absolutely necessary. To determine what version firmware you have installed, follow the steps below: