Popular game emulator PPSSPP now available on the iOS App Store

In recent months, the landscape of game emulators has significantly evolved, especially with Apple’s revised guidelines allowing such software on the App Store. Following the introduction of popular emulators like Delta, Gamma, and RetroArch, the renowned PPSSPP emulator has now made its way to iOS devices, bringing the PSP gaming experience to iPhone and iPad users.

What is PPSSPP?

PPSSPP is a well-known open-source PSP emulator available on multiple platforms, including macOS, Windows, Linux, and Android. With Apple’s policy changes, the developers have now brought PPSSPP to iOS, eliminating the need for jailbreaking or sideloading. This move opens up new possibilities for retro gaming on Apple devices.

Developer’s Announcement

The developers shared their excitement in a blog post: "After nearly 12 years, PPSSPP has finally been approved for the iOS App Store! Thanks to Apple for relaxing their policies, allowing retro games console emulators on the store.” This milestone marks a significant achievement for the emulation community and a step forward for game preservation on modern platforms.

Technical Hurdles and Future Updates

Despite the positive news, iOS still imposes some technical limitations on emulators. One major challenge is the lack of support for JIT (Just-In-Time) compilation, which is crucial for optimal emulation performance. This limitation can affect the smooth running of certain games. Additionally, the current version does not support the iPad’s Magic Keyboard, a feature the developers plan to address in future updates.

A Surge in Emulation Options

Earlier this week, other emulators like RetroArch and Gamma launched on iOS. Gamma focuses on PlayStation 1 games, while RetroArch supports a variety of Nintendo consoles, including the N64, SNES, Game Boy, and Nintendo DS. This proliferation of emulators enriches the iOS ecosystem, offering diverse gaming experiences from different eras.

Getting PPSSPP on iOS

For those eager to dive into PSP gaming on their iOS devices, PPSSPP is available for free on the App Store. A “Gold” version offers additional features for a one-time purchase of $4.99. This premium version supports the developers and enhances the user experience with extra functionalities.