Can I Play PS2 Games on Android with PPSSPP Emulator?
PPSSPP is one of the best and most stable free emulators created by Henrik Rydgård (co-founder of Dolphin Emulator) to play tons of games on Windows, Linux, iOS, and Android operating systems without any serious problems.
However, many people mistakenly think that PPSSPP is an emulator to play PS2 games on Android. Some of them have made misleading tutorial title such as "How to Play PS2 Games on Android with the PPSSPP Emulator".
When in reality, that's not how it works!
Can You Play PS2 Games on Android with PPSSPP Emulator?
PPSSPP "naturally" is an emulator used to play games released only on the PlayStation Portable. So, if the PS2 game was never released on the PSP console as well, then you won't be able to play it with the PPSSPP emulator.
At this point you understand, right? I hope so. Okay, let me continue the explanation.
PS2 and PSP game emulators are different. The ISO file is also different between PS2 and PSP games.
Don't think that the PS2 games released on the PSP will be exactly the same too. There must be some differences, such as in terms of graphics and features of the game.
Have you ever played Harvest Moon: Innocent Life PSP and PS2? It looks like the same games, but if you look closely, there are some differences right between the two of them.
List of PS2 games that are available and can be played on the PPSSPP emulator
It's true, it looks like you can play PS2 games with the PPSSPP emulator, but it's only limited to certain games that are also released on the PSP. Instead of confusing you, here I have listed them.
This is to make it easier for you to find any PS2 games that are available and can be played with the PPSSPP emulator. Of course, this list is to the best of my knowledge.
- Ben 10: Protector of Earth
- Crash of the Titans
- Fate/unlimited codes
- FIFA 07
- Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories
- Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories
- Innocent Life: A Futuristic Harvest Moon
- Lego Batman: The Videogame
- Lego Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy
- Manhunt 2
- Marvel: Ultimate Alliance
- Obscure II
- Pro Evolution Soccer (PES) 2008 (including the modded version to the latest year)
- Prince of Persia: Warrior Within
- Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3
- Silent Hill
- Silent Hill: Shattered Memories
- Spiderman 3
- Syphon Filter: Logan's Shadow
- Ratchet & Clank: Size Matters!
- The Godfather
- The Warriors
- Tomb Raider: Legend
- Tomb Raider: Anniversary
- Tony Hawk's Underground 2
- WWE SmackDown! vs. Raw 2006
I purposely didn't make this list as complete as possible, because most of the other games were not that famous. You may never hear the name and are unwilling to play them.
My advice is that if you want to play more PS2 games, it's better to use the PCSX2 emulator for PC/laptop, or other emulators which is more compatible with your device.
That's my answer to the question of "Can you play PS2 games on a PPSSPP emulator?" Hopefully, the explanation is enough to satisfy your curiosity. Thanks for reading!