How To Play Playstation Games on Android
Playstation for Android? Yep, that's right. It was only a matter of time, Android capabilities are fantastic and provide a wonderful platform for developers. There have been a few Playstation emulators released for the Android so far, PSX4Droid and FPse are the primary apps you will hear about.
PSX4Droid, which was the very first PSX Emulator on the Market, was removed from the market due to legal issues. As a direct result of being removed, the developer decided to "not update" the emulator anymore, at least for Android OS. FPse, the next emulator to show itself in the Android Market, is the best you are going to get right now. It's updated often and the compatibility is much better. In my opinion, I wouldn't touch PSX4Droid anymore.
- Audio track emulation (using .cue files)
- Dynamically loadable Overlay Pads
- Guncon emulation
- Analog Stick emulation (using touchscreen slide)
- Compatible with G-Sensor, Touchscreen and Hardware keys
- Supports .img, .iso, .bin, .cue, .nrg and .Z disc image formats
A few tips to improve your gameplay experience:
- In Landscape orientation DPAD and Main 4 buttons are activated, if you want to activate all others, go in menu/input/touchscreen and select others buttons.
- Create a default configuration by setting your desired options and then selecting "Default Config Save" in the System Menu.
- CALL, BACK, VOLUME UP/DOWN buttons can be assigned as PSone buttons but can be used is not assigned.
- Guncon emulation requires the A and B buttons to be mapped to Hardware keys. By default: L3 = A and R3 = B.
- SPUSync is required for proper sound quality in certain games such as MGS and FFVII.
- Frameskip set to 50 will avoid sound stuttering on load end device or with somes games that use much CPU.
For additional support, please visit the developer forum: FPse Support Forum
Step by Step Instructions (with FPse)
Step 1. Get Emulator + BiosDownload a PSX Emulator & Bios, you can find BIOS in the "BIOS page" section. Don't forget you have to unzip BIOS afterwards (.ZIP to .BIN) and place it in the same folder the ROMs will be in.
Step 2. Download & PrepDownload any ROM you want to your computers hard drive. Then Unzip/Unrar the file. After you Unzip/Unrar the file, sometimes you get .bin.ecm. If you do, make sure you have the ECM Tool or PakkISO to UNECM the file.
Winzip - [Download]
WinRAR - [Download]
ECM Tool - [Download]
Step 2a. If ECM, UNECMRight click the ROM with your mouse. Go to "Open With," then browse for the ECM Tool.exe. Conversion will start after you select Open. You can also "Drag n' Drop" the ROM into the ECM Tool.exe. It will automatically start the file preparation process.
When complete, the file becomes a playable .bin, .iso, .cue, or .eboot.
**If you need more indepth instructions for How To unECM, click here.
Step 3. ConnectConnect the USB cord to your Android mobile device then to your Computer. On your Android mobile device, you will get a notice, click Turn ON USB Storage (wording sometimes differs on phones).
Step 4. CreateCreate a new folder called ROMS within your Android mobile device (This is for organizational purposes only). You can do this by accessing your Android mobile device through My Computer, it will show a new device there. Open it then create the folder.
Step 5. TransferTransfer the games you've already downloaded and prepped into the ROM's folder on your Android mobile device. This may take awhile because they are big files. Remember to click Turn OFF USB Storage when you are done! This safely un-mounts your SD Card.
Step 6. PlayOpen up your Playstation Emulator (I'm using FPse) then specify the BIOS File. This varies per emulator, but to do this FPse, go to "Menu -> Settings -> System -> BIOS Loading -> sdcard -> download" and select scph1001.bin. While in the same screen, go down to "Save Default Config File".
Afterwards, back out of the menu and go to the first black directory screen. Locate your games in /sdcard/Download (files should be either a .img, .iso, .cue, .bin, .nrg, or a .z extension), then double tap the game of your choice to start playing!
Modifying settings may be necessary to optimize gameplay(like the frame rate could be lowered/highered). Tinkering is advised ;)
Frequently Asked Questions
Will My Phone Work?That's a hard question but if you have a high-end Android phone/device, it should work fine. However, you may have to modify settings like the frame rate to get games to work properly. You can also check out the phone compatibility guide: Click Here
What is the Typical PSX Compression?Most emulation websites are going to reduce the PSX File size by using the ECM Tool (.bin.ecm). After that, compress them by using the WinZip or WinRAR Utility. So, a .ZIP file that contains a .ECM File. The end result of this process makes the files substantially smaller. This will benefit you and I, you in the fact it's smaller to download and I, well it's easier on the server. After you UnECM, UnZIP a PSX ROM, you should get a file that is a .img, iso, .bin, .cue, .nrg, and .z disc image. These will be files that are playable.
Note: Some files are not in .ecm, if you notice they aren't, please skip the *** steps. If you need better instructions for ECM, click here.