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How PSP games feel on a OnePlus 7T with an emulator

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Sony first launched the iconic PlayStation Portable in 2004 and over the years, the company revised the console and released various variants. The final version PSP Street was released in 2011. While the console is no longer manufactured today, the sheer support and ecosystem of PSP is a gamer’s delight. Back in the day, buying a PSP game was expensive.

Steps to download the PPSSPP app
1. Visit the Google Play Store from your android smartphone
2. Search for PPSSPP in the Store
3. Select the standard PPSSPP app.
4. Tap on install.

But as I found out, if you wish to play PSP games on your smartphone, you can do so using an emulator. PSP offers a wide catalog of games and if you still have your collection, you can easily load them up using an Android emulator. I used to play a lot of games and my favourite consoles were the PSP and the Nintendo DS Lite. So I tried revisiting the experience by downloading the PPSSPP-PSP emulator app from the Google Play Store, on my OnePlus 7T. Here is everything you should know.

Note: There are two versions of the app available on the Play Store; a standard version and a pro version (paid). Both the versions offer the same set of features. You can download the standard version first and if you like the experience, you can get the pro version later, to support the developer.

How was my experience playing PSP games on my OnePlus 7T?
Playing PSP games on my OnePlus 7T was nostalgic. But the experience was a mixed bag. I tried playing games GTA Vice City Stories and Dragon Ball Z – Shin Budokai 2. While the games ran smoothly and I couldn’t notice much jitter, the experience of actually playing them was not smooth. This is with regards to the limitations of the app setting up virtual buttons to replace the PSP’s physical buttons.

After you have installed the game, you can virtually play any PSP game on your Android smartphone. If you have access to PSP games from your collection in ISO format, you can run them on the app.

What it lacks in resolution when compared to the norms in today’s day and age, the PSP compensates with great controls, game mechanics and games that are structured well. So to sum it off, playing PSP games on a smartphone, is not an unpleasant experience by any means, if you wish to relive your childhood. But if you want the best experience, you would be better off sticking to the original console itself, if that is still a possibility.

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