Although the gaming universe is becoming increasingly evolved and with more powerful titles, the classics never go out of style, which is why retro games are still so sought after. And for those who are enthusiastic about this community and have an Apple device, there is reason to celebrate, as PPSSPP, an application capable of emulating PSP games, is now available on the App Store.

Developed by Henrik Rydgård, this emulator represents a significant milestone in this segment, ensuring that iOS device users can have the opportunity to relive PlayStation Portable classics on their iPhones and iPads.

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PPSSPP arrives on iOS with some limitations

PPSSPP is not exactly new to the game emulator scene. With almost 12 years of development, it was already well known among retro game enthusiasts. However, previously users had to resort to alternative methods and exploits to install the app on their devices.

Now, thanks to the recent relaxation of Apple’s policies regarding retro console emulators, it is now possible to find PPSSPP directly in the App Store, making access to it much easier.

“I thank Apple for relaxing its policies by allowing retro gaming console emulators in the store,” wrote its developer, Henrik Rydgård, in its announcement. This is because Apple updated some of its guidelines at the beginning of April this year, and has since approved a Game Boy emulator application in its store and even another that can play PS1 games.

PPSSPP arrives on iOS

However, it is important to note that the application still has some limitations compared to its previous versions. For example, Magic Keyboard support for the iPad and Retro Achievements are temporarily unavailable in the current version of the emulator. However, Rydgård has assured users that these features will be reinstated in future updates.

Another point of emphasis here is that Apple does not allow Justi-In-Time recompilers that can retranslate code for the operating system so that games run with smoother performance. Therefore, this version needs to emulate PSP games on iOS devices without this Just-in-time (JIT) compiler.

But, the good news is that Rydgård stated that iOS devices are generally powerful enough to run most PSP games smoothly, even without JIT.

Price and availability

Although PPSSPP can be downloaded for free, a premium version is expected to be released soon for US$5. Although this paid version offers some additional features, its main purpose is to support Rydgård’s ongoing work on developing and maintaining the emulator.

However, it is important to note that PPSSPP itself is just an emulator, meaning users are responsible for finding the games they want to play in the app, as Apple does not allow games to be uploaded without proper proprietary rights. intellectual.

PPSSPP is compatible with iOS 12 and above, iPadOS 12 and above and can also be used on Vision Pro, as it is also compatible with Apple’s virtual reality glasses. The standard version is free and can be downloaded directly from the App Store by clicking here.

Fonte: The Verge


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