The PlayStation Phone Just Got A Bit More Useful

The PlayStation Phone Just Got A Bit More Useful

The Xperia Play, Sony Ericsson’s first PlayStation-branded phone, hasn’t exactly set the world on fire. Mostly because, for a PlayStation Phone, there aren’t many PlayStation games on it.

That could soon be about to change, though perhaps not in a way that will make Sony very happy. Coder yifanlu is working on reverse-engineering the phone’s own emulator (used to play downloaded PS1 games) so that he can make it play custom ISO files.

Which for most people will mean the ones ripped from old discs and then seeded all over the internet.

He’s already got it working, showing off an Xperia Play running Crash Bandicoot 3, which isn’t available for download from the phone’s legal marketplace.

Those thinking they’ll soon be able to play Final Fantasy VII on their phones, though, don’t get your hopes up: support for multi-disc games is a pipe dream for the future at this stage.

Native PSX Emulator ISO Converter [XDA, via Pocket Gamer]


  • Umm, I have an Xperia Play with Fpse installed which does this without having to root the phone. The only thing that doesn’t work is the analogue nubs.

  • I get the impression Sony wouldn’t give a toss. If they did then they would have released some of those games themselves by now.

    Does anybody know if the controls on the XPeria Play will work with general Android stuff (i.e. not just the official PS1 / XPeria Play stuff)? I’d consider buying one of these if I could use those controls with emulators like SuperGNES, which is a real pain in the arse to use with the touchscreen controls.

    • If the emulator supports custom key mapping then you can map it to the controller. Bit of a pain to set up, but from then on it’s sweet. Got Fpse, Gensoid, Nesoid, Snesoid and Frodo C64 all happily working with the controller.

  • I thought about getting one of these, but it cant even run PSP games, which I had assummed it would. For a sony phone, its not particularly powerful.

    • My PSP is currently shelved waiting for an actual decent game release (NOT FREAKING MINIS). In the mean time I love my emulation phone!

  • the only way this phone is going to be worth a pinch of shit, is if it’s able to play FULL psp games. even then, the chances of me giving up my iPhones… F all.

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