How To: Play SNES Roms & PSP Roms On Your PSP E1004 Complete Guide

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While the PSP does have it’s fair share of decent games there comes a time where one would like to play some of the more traditional games on the go.  Thanks to custom Firmware, and the guys who have developed all these amazing emulators, one can now do this with the ease.

This is a very basic guide for beginners to be able to install custom firmware on their PSP E1004 (Street), download and install the right emulator and of course copying and playing your  games.  The CF (custom firmware) that i have chosen to install is one I know that works perfectly with the E1004 and to this day have seen no reason to change it.   The same applies to the SNES (Super Nintendo Entertainment System) emulator that I am currently using.  At the end of each section I have added a video as well so you can see what I’ve done.   So let’s get traditional…

THINGS YOU WILL NEED

  1. A PSP E1004 (Street)
  2. A memory card (to copy your custom firmware &  games, etc, etc)
  3. Custom Firmware Pro-B10
  4. Snes9x TYL 0.4.2 ME (SNES Emulator)
  5. Snes rom ( for testing)

GUIDE TO INSTALLING CUSTOM FIRMWARE ON YOUR PSP E1004

  1. Download Custom Firmware Pro-B10
  2. Once downloaded, extract  the FastRecovery and PROUPDATE folders
  3. Turn on your PSP E1004 and connect it to your PC using the appropriate USB cable
  4. On your PSP, using the left arrow on the D-PAD scroll all the way to left until you see System Update then scroll down to USB Connection and press X
  5. Windows will recognize your PSP as a Removable Disc.  Once recognized open the Removable Disc through My Computer (XP Users) or Computer (Win 7 Users).  For less confusion I’m going to refer to the removable disc as the PSP drive instead.
  6. On the PSP drive, double click on the PSP folder, then double click the GAME folder
  7. Copy the FastRecovery and PROUPDATE folders to the GAME folder on the PSP Drive
  8. On the PSP itself push CIRCLE to exit USB Mode and scroll right until you get to the Game Menu
  9. Scroll down to Memory Stick and push X
  10. Scroll down until you see Pro PSP Firmware Update.  Now push X

The PSP will restart to a black screen which will have three options:

Press X to launch CFW

Press Triangle to uninstall CFW

Hold L to reinstall CFW

Press R to exit

11.  Press X to launch CFW ( It might show on the screen that an unknown PSP model 011g, don’t worry about that)

12.  Press X again to start CFW

The PSP will boot up again.  To make sure that the custom firmware is installed correctly push select on the PSP and it will pop up with the CF menu. Push select again to exit the menu.

WARNING:  IF YOU ARE NOT FAMILIAR WITH ANYTHING ON THIS MENU THEN DO NOT CHANGE ANY SETTINGS UNLESS YOU KNOW WHAT YOU ARE DOING

FYI:  IF YOU SHUTDOWN YOUR PSP COMPLETELY INSTEAD OF PUTTING IT INTO SLEEP MODE YOU WILL HAVE TO RUN THE PRO PSP FIRMWARE  FAST RECOVERY ALSO LOCATED ON YOUR MEMORY STICK TO ENABLE THE CUSTOM FIRMWARE.  WITHOUT ENABLING THE CUSTOM FIRMWARE YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO PLAY PSP roms or SNES GAMES OR ANY OTHER DOWNLOADED APPS FOR YOUR PSP

Congratulations, you have successfully installed custom firmware on your PSP!

GUIDE TO INSTALLING PSP ROMS ON YOUR PSP E1004

1.  Download or backup your PSP game

2.  On your PSP, using the left arrow on the D-PAD scroll all the way to left until you see System Update then scroll down to USB Connection and press X

3.  Windows will recognize your PSP as a Removable Disc.  Once recognized open the Removable Disc through My Computer (XP Users) or Computer (Win 7 Users).  For less confusion I’m going to refer to the removable disc as the PSP drive instead.

4.  In the PSP drive create a new folder and name it ISO all in uppercase

5.  Copy your ISO game image or CSO image to this folder

6.  On the PSP itself push CIRCLE to exit USB Mode and scroll right until you get to the Game Menu

7.  Scroll down to Memory Stick and push X

8.  Select the game you wish to play

FYI:  PLEASE REMEMBER THAT IF THE CUSTOM FIRMWARE HAS NOT BEEN ENABLED YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO PLAY ANY ROM/SNES IMAGES

Now that you have installed your Custom Firmware you will have to download and install a SNES emulator for your PSP.  Luckily I’ve done the work for you, all links are provided on this guide.  The only thing you will have to do is download the ROM/GAME files by searching for them using Google.  Trust me, you won’t be searching for long before you find them.

GUIDE TO INSTALLING A SNES EMULATOR ON YOUR PSP E1004

1.  Download Snes9xTYL 0.4.2 ME

2.  Extract everything from the RAR file

3.  Go into the extracted folder.  It should be named 14889_snes9xTYL0.4.2me_fw3x

4.  Double click the folder snes9xTYL0.4.2me_fw3x

5.  Right click on the next folder snes9xTYL and then left click on copy

6.  On your PSP, using the left arrow on the D-PAD scroll all the way to left until you see System Update then scroll down to USB Connection and press X

7.  Windows will recognize your PSP as a Removable Disc.  Once recognized open the Removable Disc through My Computer (XP Users) or Computer (Win 7 Users).  For less confusion I’m to going to refer the removable disc as the PSP drive instead.

8.  On the PSP drive, double click on the PSP folder, then double click the GAME folder

9.  Right click underneath all the folders in the  GAME folder and then left click paste.  The emulator has now been copied over to your PSP.

10.  On the PSP itself push CIRCLE to exit USB Mode and scroll right until you get to the Game Menu

11.  Scroll down to Memory Stick and push X

12.  You should see a picture of an Nintendo controller with a description.  To play your SNES games you will have to use this emulator.

Way to go!! You have now successfully installed the SNES emulator on your PSP!

GUIDE TO INSTALLING SNES GAMES ON YOUR PSP E1004

1.  Use google to search for the game rom you so desperately crave.

2.  Download the Rom.

3.  On your PSP, using the left arrow on the D-PAD scroll all the way to left until you see System Update then scroll down to USB Connection and press X

4.  Windows will recognize your PSP as a Removable Disc.  Once recognized open the Removable Disc through My Computer (XP Users) or Computer (Win 7 Users).  For less confusion I’m to going to refer to the removable disc as the PSP drive instead.

5.  In the root directory of the PSP create a new folder and call it ROMS. (do not confuse the root directory with the folder MP_ROOT located on the PSP.  The root directory is the main directory),

6.  If you have multiple emulators from different platforms create additional folders in the ROMS folder.  If not, you can skip this step.

7.  Copy the game that you have downloaded into the ROMS folder.  There is no need to extract the file.  The snes emulator will be able to play zipped files.

GUIDE TO PLAYING YOUR SNES GAMES ON YOUR PSP E1004

1.  On your PSP scroll to the GAME menu, then scroll down to memory stick and push X

2.  Run the Snes emulator

3.  After a brief little intro, you will be presented with the home screen.  Push TRIANGLE  to leave the folder and keep pushing TRIANGLE until you get to the root directory of your PSP.  You will know when you are there when you can see the ROMS folder that you created.

4.  Use the down arrow on the D-Pad to highlight the ROMS folder then push CIRCLE

5.  Depending on whether you have created extra folders within the ROMS folder, highlight the game you want to play, then push CIRCLE again and your game will start.

FYI:  I HAVE NOTICED THAT ON EXITING THE SNES EMULATOR YOUR PSP SHUTS DOWN SO IN ORDER TO ENABLE THE CUSTOM FIRMWARE YOU WILL HAVE TO RUN THE PRO PSP FIRMWARE FAST RECOVERY AS DESCRIBED EARLIER ON IN THIS GUIDE

VOILA!!  You can now play your SNES games on your PSP and save them to 🙂

If anyone has any questions or suggestions please feel free to comment.

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27 comments on “How To: Play SNES Roms & PSP Roms On Your PSP E1004 Complete Guide

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  2. So if I was to use this is there any chance it will completely crash my PSP system. Since you state if you turn system off it will be required to use the PRO PSP FIRMWARE FAST RECOVERY. Does it pose a threat to killing my PSP to run these type of softwares on it since they are not Sony liscenced products/downloads. Also mine is from the very first batch of PSP Systems so would that make any diffrence. Thanks if you reply 🙂

    • Hey David, Thanks for the question. As with any handheld or console, if you decide you would like to get these types of unlicensed software that isn’t supported by the manufacturer, there is always going to be a risk of crashing, or “bricking” your PSP. Unfortunately, it comes with the territory. The part where you need to use the PRO PSP FIRMWARE FAST RECOVERY after your PSP has been turned off is because when the PSP starts up, it loads up the Sony default configuration, so when you run that FAST RECOVERY it reboots your PSP using the Hacked software allowing you to play SNES games, etc, etc.

      Keep in mind, that this guide was written specifically for the PSP E1004 so I’m not sure if this method would work on your older PSP. But, there are plenty of mods out there for specific model types for PSP that you can find if you look around on Google. Luckily for me, I haven’t had a single issue using this method and to be honest the PSP E1004 is the easiest to Hack and I’ve screwed around with it heavily and never bricked it. Maybe I’ve been lucky, that is completely possible but I’ve played many games, read comic books and Ebooks thanks to these specific mods I’ve mentioned in the guide.

      If you need any more help, feel free to leave more comments and thanks again.

      Sorry for the long reply. 🙂

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  4. hi im about to buy a psp street for playing iso backups and wanted to thank you for your well set out guide (you pushed me into doing it lol!) and to ask you….

    Do iso backups save data like normal?
    do i have to patch the iso backups? (im getting them from a well known rom site and TPB)

    cheers lets hope i don’t brick it lol if i can flash a Wii and 360 this shouldn’t be any problem for me right 🙂

    never had a psp what games do you recommend i play first to get the most out of it?

    thanks mate

  5. Hi Chris, thanks for the comment. You won’t have to patch any ISO’s, at least I’ve never had to.

    Your saves will work as they normaly would, saving to the memory card as per norm.

    You seem braver than me if you flashed a Wii and a 360, lol

    To be honest with you, I can’t recommend all that many games. The ones That I did play were awfully shitty although I can recommend any Grand Theft Auto Game and God of War: Chains of Olympus and God of War: Ghost of Sparta. If you enjoyed the Metal Gear Solid series I also recommend PeaceWalker. It was exclusive to the PSP and servers as a critical bridge to the new MGS5 game.

    Oh and for lighthearted fun with cool tunes, I can also recommend Guitar Hero.

    Let me know how it goes 🙂

  6. i LOVE MGS games but ive done them all on the ps1/2/3 and peace walker HD on the 360….. im sooo pumped to get MGSGZ (shame its only 2 hours) and MGS5 on my ps4

    Ive downloaded both the God Of War games ready and GTA China Town Wars (done Vice City Stories and Liberty City Stories on my ps2 back in the day)

    Ive also downloaded…

    Gran Turismo, Silent Hill Shattered Memories, Splinter Cell Essentials, Tenchu 4, Assassins Creed Bloodline and Kingdom Hearts Birth by Sleep

    my main reason for getting a psp is i got myself a ps vita just before Xmas and there are hardly any games for it! psp has a HUGE library of games even if most of them look like ass….. that don’t bother me much since i was around when the NES was king lol (32 feeling old) but im sure only having one stick will take a lot of getting used to

    how are you finding the E1000 compared to the other models of the psp screen etc?

    thank you so much for all your help with the guide without people like you taking the time to write them i wouldn’t be able to be brave in the first place!

    i pick up my E1000 in 2hours!!!!!! 🙂 you have made my week (best and most simple guide to follow out there and i looked at a lot before finding yours)

    • Gee, whizz! That’s quite a few compliments:-) I appreciate the kind words. I hate looking for guides and prefer step by step guides myself.

      Totally forgot about ac bloodlines and the other games you mentioned I haven’t played. I got distracted with my back log for ps3.:-) while on AC I can’t remember if the ISO worked. I bought the original because the ISO wasn’t patched properly I think. No matter how many versions I downloaded it didn’t work so I decided to buy it instead.

      I never actually played on the older ones but I remember seeing one where the screen was quite sharp.

      Thanks for subscribing. Also check out gamerssphere.com. I work with a very talented team over there to bring news, reviews an editorials and such.

      Look forward to hearing from you

  7. thank you Ryan your guide worked a treat! i thought you might like to know that you can find a working copy of Assassins Creed Bloodlines at http://www.emuparadise.me (i tried it and the ISO file works for me)

    the screen on the E1000 is shocking lol but i guess that’s to be expected coming from the amazing OLED on the vita also the UMD door is very weak feeling but im not going to be using that and you cant really bitch for only £65 so its not a problem 🙂

    i will join your site once Ive got some sleep its 3pm in the UK and Ive been up all night red bull and Nirvana is the only thing keeping me alive right now lol

  8. Good to hear man 🙂 I’m glad it all worked for you. Yeah the “street” can feel very cheap especially the UMD tray but it does work but like you said you not going to be using it that much so. Have fun 🙂

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  10. it keeps saying this game cannot be strated. the data is corrupted. i followed the steps exactly but its not working. no other downloaded games work either.

  11. Thanks dude, several friends told me i should hack my darth vader psp, which i did not till yesterday and i used this guide and it worked perfectly and now i am wishing i had looked at this guide this evening since it took me sometime to do a snes emulator. Hopefully if i do this again on another psp i will have the same results. Any nice apps would u recommend for the psp?

  12. Hello, im going to buy PSP E1004. I want to play GBA games with gPSP on this console and iso(free) games too. I have hacked a PSP 1004 (FAT) already and played gPSP, i love it. But that PSP is not mine and it is old. With a new PSP E1004, can i hack it easy without problem and can i play gPSP on it? I read tutorial all :D, but im not sure about this, so please answer me =))

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