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

PlayStation® Portable

PlayStation® Portable (Photo credit: @kevinv033)

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.

Playstation 4 Revealed

PS4 Coming Holiday 2013It has been weeks of rumors, leaks, and everything else in between but we finally have our answer.  Playstation 4 is here.  Hello Next Gen, we’ve been waiting for you.

Living in South Africa, in a completely different time zone it seems to everyone else, the Sony Conference only started at 01:00 and finished at 03:00 African time.

What was revealed of the Playstation 4’s hardware capabilities is certainly an accomplishment from Sony’s side although to me not as impressive as i thought.  Sporting  the X86 CPU, 8GB of Ram and a hard drive.  Hard drive size was not revealed but I can’t imagine it being any different from what we currently have, just bigger.  It uses APU Technology…..but I don’t know what that means but I’m sure its good and GDDR 5 memory which according to Mark Cerny is reserved for, “top of the line, high end graphics cards.

The fundamentals of PS4 seem to be focused more on the social side of things.  Instead of using “Gamer Tags” players will have to use their own names so they can find their friends, and share content easily.  It will also have remote play enabled and in the demo that I saw you can seamlessly switch from playing a PS4 game on your console to playing it on your PS Vita.

There are major improvements made over the PS3 which I am looking forward to the most, such as being able to capture your game-play and upload it immediately to share with your friends, live stream your game so that your friends can watch what game your playing as well as allowing your friends to take control of your game from their Playstation 4 to assist you out of a difficult section of a game that you can’t seem to get past.  That sounds pretty cool and I’m keen to see it in action.

The other thing that tickled my fancy is the way Gaikai has been integrated with the Playstation 4.  The cloud based service is a massive and openly welcomed addition which will allow gamers to download and test games for free before buying them which is just awesome.

Now comes my favorite part of Gaikai.  Sony has stated that using Gaikai we will be able to play our Playstation 3 games on our PS4 via streaming from the cloud based service.  And in time we will be able to play older generation Playstation titles.  Yes, you read that correctly, if everything runs smoothly we should be able play our PS1, PS2 and our PSP on the PS4 thanks to Gaikai.  How it all works I’m really not to sure but I am very intrigued by this prospect.

The games that were show cased were very impressive graphically, Quantic Dreams “Old Man” render in particular was breathtaking.  You can see a mile away how great any and all games look on the PS4.  It is truly amazing.  The best game was Watch Dogs that looked fantastic and all i could think of was “watch out GTA5

IGN Watch Dogs PS4 Game Play Footage

All in all, I was impressed by what I saw but not blown away. Unfortunately We only got to see the Dual Shock Controller which was described by IGN pretty accurately in last weeks article and we didn’t see any console what so ever.  I’m waiting to see what Microsoft will do now that Sony has officially lifted the veil.  Sony hasn’t released any prices yet or an official date but at the end of the conference there was an image that had the PS4 logo and underneath, it said “Coming Holiday 2013“.

We’ll find out more in the coming months, probably at this years E3.

If you’ve missed it, check out the Evolution of Playstation Articles

Evolution of Playstation Part 1

Evolution of Playstation Part 2

Evolution of Playstation Part 3

Evolution of Playstation Part 4

For my initial impression of Watch Dogs read my article on it from E3 2012

Watch Dogs E3 2012