A reader going by the name of swaqGer recently opened my eyes to a project that I had missed up ’til today. The 3rd of November marked a momentous occasion for Android emulation fans with the release of a free and fully open source PSP emulator, called PPSSPP.
The project is obviously in very early stages at the moment with only a handful of games classed as “playable” so far, but it’s generating a fair amount of interest over on the XDA Developers forum so who knows how fast this thing could take off?
If you’re interested in giving it a go you should check out the compatibility list and be sure to choose one of the games known to be playable. Android 2.2 is the oldest version of Android supported, and it wouldn’t hurt to have some grunt in your device too. If anyone’s got an RK3066 or Amlogic MX device I’d be interested to hear from you – I can’t help picturing how absolutely sweet this would be on JXD’s upcoming S5600 and S7300 handhelds! The emulator is also available for Windows and Blackberry OS, with Linux and OSX ports coming soon.
It’s been a long time since a serious emulation breakthrough has been made for handhelds, so I’ll be keeping my eyes on this one.