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A Beginner’s Guide to Playstation 1 games on a Playstation Portable (v. 1.2)

By Sarevokmb


  1. I. INTRO
    A. The Playstation Store
    B. Remote Play
    C. Converting to an Image
  3. III. FAQ
  6. VI. LEGAL


Thanks for reading my Beginner’s Guide for PS1 Games on the PSP. This guide will detail all you need to know to start playing PS1 classics on your PSP. All of the methods I list are 100% legal, and some of them will cost you absolutely nothing.

There are three basic ways to play PS1 games, which I will detail here. I will list every requirements needed for each method (even obvious ones, like a PSP system), recommended programs and accessories, and will list the pros and cons of each method.


Method 1: The Playstation Store


How to do it:

First you will need to create or log into an account on the Playstation Store. You can get there by either selecting the store from your PS3's XMB, or by using your Internet browser to go to the Playstation Store. When you are logged in, you will need to add money to your account. After, you can select a game to purchase and download. The process is different for the PC and PS3.

For the PC, you will need to download the Playstation Network Downloader. You can find the downloader at the top of your download page, or go to this link to download it directly:

PSN Downloader

It is a small download (2.6mb). After downloading that, select the game you purchased from the list, and download that file (another tiny one, usually around 500 bytes. It should have an extremely long file name. Mine was called 537970686F6E2046696C746572C2AE3A204C6F67616E277320536861646F772044656D6F ).
Once both files are finished downloading, connect your PSP to your computer using a USB cord, and switch your PSP to USB mode. Install the Playstation Network Downloader. Now, double click on the file of the game you downloaded (the tiny file with the long title). The file will download to your PSP if everything was done correctly.

For the PS3, you will need to download the game to the PS3 system first. Once the download is complete, install the game. Connect your PSP system to your PS3 and turn your PSP to USB mode. After that, highlight the game and press the triangle button. Select copy from the menu, and the game will be copied to your PSP.

Pros: There are several benefits to this method.. They are official eboots, and rarely have bugs or glitches, and they support Sony and the developer.

Cons: Very small selection of games, you have to pay, even if you already own the game, the DRM (Digital Rights Management) only allows the game to be downloaded to 5 systems (any combination of PSPs and PS3s), and the download process to the PSP is inconvenient.

Method 2: Remote Play


How to do it:

First, you need a PS1 game on your PS3 system. You can use either a game on a PS1 disk or a PS1 game downloaded from the Playstation Store.

To use a disk, insert it into your PS3 system. If you already have your PSP registered to your PS3 for remote play, select remote play on your PS3 system. If not, select “Remote Play Settings” from your PS3 menu, and select “Register Device”. On your PSP, select USB mode, and connect your PSP to your PS3 using a USB cord. Press OK on your PS3, and it will register you PSP. When it is done, select Remote Play on the PS3 menu.

Now, select Remote Play from your PSP menu. You will have two options: “Connect via Internet” or “Connect via Private Network”. Connecting via the Internet allows you to connect from anywhere in the world where there is an internet connection available to both your PSP and PS3, no matter how far away the two are, and connecting via a private network allows you to connect straight to your PS3 without using the internet, but you must be nearby (withing about 30 feet).

Select whichever is more convenient for you (for playing games, I would not recommend using the Internet).

If you chose to connect via a private network, select “PLAYSTATIO®)3" from the list. Now, from the PSP, which is accessing the PS3's menu, select the game you want to play.

Pros: Can run disk based game as well as PSN bought games, takes up absolutely no room on your PSP’s memory stick (you don’t even need one to play), and you can play from anywhere, no need to buy PS1 games you already own.

Cons: Most games are too laggy to play. Need a wireless access point to play from away from your PS3 console.

Method 3: Converting to an Image



The methods show here are completely legal. You can not get in legal trouble for this. So long as you are using a disk that belongs to you, and do not download the games from any web sites, or use illegal programs to rip the copyright protection, you are not breaking any laws. As a law student, I know what is illegal, and what is not.

Due to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act law passed in the United States in 1998, it is now illegal to remove DRM and anti-piracy features from copyrighted works. This means using programs to copy the disk, but remove the copy protection at the same time (like DVD Decrypter, which is no longer available) are now illegal. However, you can use programs like Clone CD or IMGBurn to make a duplicate image. This is legal.

How to do it:

The first step is to download the programs you need. The ones recommended above are both reliable and fairly small downloads. Install those programs, and then insert a PS1 game into your computer’s CD/DVD drive. Run IMGBurn or another program that makes a digital image file.

On IMGBurn, select “Create Image File From Disk”. It should be the middle option on the left side of the menu.

On the next screen, press the large option on the bottom left of the screen (it should show the same icon as the Create Image File From Disk option did on the previous menu). This should create two files for you: A 1 kb image file, and a larger file named Image.bin (should be the size of the game. Usually pretty big, up to about 500 mb). The default place these files will be created in will be your C: drive.

After the program finishes, run IceTea. This program will let us convert the image of the disk into a format that the PSP can read.

Make sure the “basic” tab is selected on IceTea, and for the first box, press select. From here, select the Image.bin file you created (remember the default destination is your C: drive, so if you can’t find it, search there).

Next, drag the slider to the far right for the best compression. This will make the file a lot smaller.

Leave the box for Game ID (unless you are converting Resident Evil 2 or some other games that have problems), as the default almost always works.

For the Game Title box, but in the game title. Don’t put in spaces, and keep it small (less than 8 characters)

For the output directory box, press save, and select where you want the file saved. I’d suggest placing it on your desktop.

Now, you can press the “Let’s Go” button to start the conversion, or you can go to the advanced tab to change what the icons are. You can make it look even better than Sony’s official designs if you are artistic and patient enough, but it is a pain to get the images, sounds and videos to the right size and shape. You can download some good ones online though.

Once IceTea is done, you should get a pretty big file (it should be called EBOOT.PBP or something similar and be around 50-500mb)

Create a new folder on your desktop and give it the name of the game you converted. Put the EBOOT file in that folder.

Now, connect your PSP to your computer, and turn on USB mode. Place the folder with the EBOOT in it on your memory stick and put it in the PSP folder, and in the Game folder inside that. The path should look something like this: X:\PSP\Game\x\EBOOT.PBP

With the big X as your memory stick’s drive name and the small x as your folder’s (and game’s) name.

Now, on your PSP, go to the games section on the PSP menu, and go to the bottom selection (the white memory stick icon). Press X here, and select the game from the list.

Pros: You don’t have to pay again to play your games, about 95% of PS1 games work, they work just as well as they did on your PS1, you can get old PS1 games at stores or online for much cheaper than Sony asks for them.

Cons: Requires Custom Firmware, it is a bit confusing the first time.

  1. Q: What do all of these abbreviations mean?

    A: PSP = Playstation Portable
    PS3 = Playstation 3
    PS1 = Playstation 1 (also commonly referred to as PSX, although I try to refrain from calling it that, because there was a system called that in Japan, which was a PS2 and DVR combined)
    XMB = XrossMediaBar. It is the official name of the menus for the PSP and PS3 menus
    CFW = Custom Firmware

  2. Q: What is Custom Firmware?

    A: Custom Firmware is a special version of Sony’s official firmware, but with many of the limitations removed. This allows for things like playing PS1 and PSP games off of your memory stick, emulators, user made applications and games, and other things. Sadly, it also makes it possible to play illegal copies of games.

  3. Q: Is it legal to just put my old PS1 games on my PSP?

    A: 100% legal. You already bought the game. There is no reason to buy it again. The only way it is illegal is if you remove the anti-piracy and DRM protection from the disk. In this guide, I show you how to avoid doing that. Sure, Sony would rather you go buy the games for a second time, but you can do what you want.

  4. Q: How do I put multi disk games on my PSP with CFW?

    A: If the game has the ability to save before the disk swap, just make two separate EBOOTS. If not, you will have to make a multidisk EBOOT. Later versions of this guide will show how to create one.

  5. Q: My game won’t work on my CFW PSP. What should I do?

    A: Check if it is compatible, with the PS1 on PSP compatability list.


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    1.0 (7/8/08): Original guide
    1.1 (7/9/08): Added more to FAQ section, various grammatical, formatting fixes
    1.2 (8/31/08): Encoded in HTML to get ready for posting on my website, fixed various grammatical errors.


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