PPSSPP (an acronym for "PlayStation Portable Simulator Suitable for Playing Portably") is a free and open-source PSP emulator for Windows, macOS, Linux, iOS, Android, Nintendo WiiU, Nintendo Switch, BlackBerry 10, MeeGo, Pandora, Xbox Series X/S[3] and Symbian with an increased focus on speed and portability.[4] It was first released to the public on November 1, 2012, licensed under the GNU GPLv2 or later. The PPSSPP project was created by Henrik Rydgård, one of the co-founders of the Dolphin emulator.[5]

Original author(s)Henrik Rydgård (a.k.a. hrydgard)
Developer(s)PPSSPP Team
Initial releaseNovember 1, 2012; 11 years ago (2012-11-01)
Stable release
V1.17.1 / February 4, 2024; 2 months ago (2024-02-04)[1]
Written inC++, C[2]
Operating systemWindows, macOS, Linux, Xbox Series X/S, iOS, Android, BlackBerry 10, Symbian, Pandora (Console), Wii U
PlatformIA-32, x86-64, ARM, ARM64
Size16.1 MB: Windows 32-bit
17.8 MB: Windows 64-bit
19.7 MB: macOS 64-bit
28.2 MB: Android
10.0 MB: BlackBerry 10
9.2 MB: Symbian
44.7 MB: Source code
Available in
TypeVideo game console emulator
LicenseGNU GPLv2+
Websitewww.ppsspp.org Edit this on Wikidata

Features and development edit

PPSSPP supports save states, dynamic recompilation (JIT) and has rudimentary support of ad hoc wireless networking. To decode PSP multimedia data PPSSPP uses the FFmpeg software library, which was enhanced to enable it to handle Sony's proprietary ATRAC3plus audio format as used by the PSP. PPSSPP offers graphical features that are enhancements over the PSP's capabilities, such as higher screen resolutions, antialiasing, image scaling, support for shaders, and linear and anisotropic filtering.

The ports of PPSSPP for mobile devices offer additional features specific to each platform, such as 'immersive mode' for Android devices, support of the multimedia buttons within Symbian devices and screen stretching on BlackBerry 10 devices to support square screens. All ports of PPSSPP for mobile devices support the use of accelerometers, keyboards and gamepads as input devices.

PPSSPP also supports the Vulkan API, which was added in v1.5.4 release and is intended to provide a substantial performance boost on supported devices.[6]

Portability edit

Since its inception, PPSSPP has had a focus on portability with support for multiple architectures and operating systems. While initially only supporting Microsoft Windows and Android, this quickly grew to include Blackberry 10, Symbian, macOS, Linux and later iOS.[7][8][9] The source code also unofficially supports a wide variety of operating systems and platforms, including Raspberry Pi, Loongson, Maemo, Universal Windows Platform (Microsoft Windows 10 Mobile, Xbox One, Microsoft Windows 10 (X86_32, X86_64, ARM and ARM64)), Meego Harmattan and Pandora.[10] There was at one stage a port for Xbox 360.[11] Although the port was abandoned, the support code remains, offering support for big-endian CPUs and DirectX compatible GPUs.

To aid with the portability, two cross-platform development libraries—SDL and Qt—are able to be used in addition to the non-portable Blackberry, Android, and Win32 interfaces. The Qt frontend was instrumental in adding support for platforms such as Symbian.[12] The Qt frontend is able to support all officially supported platforms and is the suggested alternative if no native interface exists.[13]

As of March 2017, 984 games are playable in PPSSPP, while 67 games load to some frame of in-game state. 4 games can only reach the main menu or introduction sequence.[14] As of July 2020, almost all games are playable in PPSSPP emulator.[15]

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ "Releases - hrydgard/ppsspp". Retrieved 2022-07-28 – via GitHub.
  2. ^ "PPSSPP on Github.com". GitHub. 25 October 2021.
  3. ^ "How to turn your Xbox Series X/S into an emulation powerhouse". 24 November 2020.
  4. ^ PPSSPP Downloads - PSP emulator for Android, Windows, and many more, hrydgard, archived from the original on 2013-08-06, retrieved 2013-09-14
  5. ^ PPSSPP: PSP emulator for Android, iOS, Windows, Linux, MacOSX, Blackberry, Symbian, hrydgard, archived from the original on 2013-08-06, retrieved 2013-09-14
  6. ^ PPSSPP picks up Vulkan graphics support and more in latest update, Android Police, 6 December 2017, retrieved 2018-09-02
  7. ^ "Best PlayStation emulators for desktop PCS". 5 February 2020.
  8. ^ PPSSPP: PSP emulator for Android, iOS, Windows, Linux, MacOSX, Blackberry, Symbian, hrydgard, archived from the original on 2014-04-07, retrieved 2014-06-26
  9. ^ "PPSSPP for iOS 15". 30 January 2023.
  10. ^ PPSSPP PSP Emulator Development Guide, hrydgard, retrieved 2014-06-26
  11. ^ Ced2911/ppsspp, ced2911, retrieved 2014-06-26
  12. ^ Qt for PSP emulator, xsacha, archived from the original on 2015-12-08, retrieved 2014-06-26
  13. ^ Build instructions · hrydgard/ppsspp Wiki, retrieved 2014-06-26
  14. ^ Compatibility List, livisor, 2013-03-10, retrieved 2017-03-20
  15. ^ Games List, PPSSPP, 2020-07-11, retrieved 2020-07-11

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