How to Play PS1 Games on PSP


Despite being over a decade old, the original Sony PlayStation remains a popular console among hardcore gamers, due to its large and varied library of classic games. The system remains popular enough that Sony included PS1 backward compatibility in its PlayStation 3 system, allowing users to play PlayStation games on the PlayStation 3. PS1 fans received an additional treat when Sony unveiled remote play connectivity, which allows users to wirelessly connect a PSP to a PlayStation 3 over the Internet. Once the connection is established, the PSP can play media and games that are stored on the PlayStation 3, including PS1 games.

Things You'll Need

  • Sony PSP
  • Sony PlayStation 3
  • USB cable
  • PS1 game disc or downloaded game software
  • Wireless network access

Setting Up Remote Play

  • Connect your PSP to your PlayStation 3 with the USB cable. Turn both systems on.

  • Highlight the "Settings" section of the PlayStation 3's menu. Select "Remote Play Settings."

  • Select "Register Device." Select "Ok" when prompted.

  • Highlight the "Settings" section of the PSP's menu. Select "USB Connection." The PSP will connect to the PlayStation 3.

  • Select "Ok" when prompted on the PlayStation 3's screen to complete the registration process. Remove the USB cable from the PSP and PlayStation 3.

Using Remote Play

  • Insert a PS1 game disc into the PlayStation 3, or download a PS1 game to the PlayStation 3 from the PlayStation Store.

  • Highlight the "Network" section of the PSP's menu and select "Remote Play."

  • Select either "Connect via Internet" or "Connect via Private Network," depending on the type of connection you have set up for your PSP. Select "Ok" when prompted.

  • Select your PlayStation 3 from the menu to begin remote play.

  • Highlight the "Games" section of the menu. Select the game you wish to play from the list provided to begin playing.

Tips & Warnings

  • When using remote play, there is a slight lag between button commands and game response, especially if you are playing over the Internet. Action games that require quick reflexes like "Tomb Raider" may be more difficult to play than slower paced games like "Final Fantasy VII." You can also access music and video files on your PlayStation 3 with remote play.

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