How to Play PlayStation Games on Android Phone/Tablet [Tutorial]



tekken 3 on playstation psx

Remember this? One of the most popular game on PlayStation 1 (AKA PSX) – Tekken 3. Not only this, there are more – Metal Gear Solid, Gran Turismo 2, Final Fantasy, Resident Evil 2, Driver, Street Fighter Alpha 3, and tons of other amazing titles. Too bad smartphones and computers ruined everything a long time ago.

Nonetheless, you can still re-live that era – on your smartphone. There’s an app for that! FPse is a PlayStation emulator for Android and Windows Mobile smartphones, which lets you play PSX games on your device. You just need a few files, change a couple of settings and you’re all set to play PlayStation games on your Android phone/tablet.

In this tutorial, I’ll be setting up FPse (also called FPSeCe) for Tekken 3 on my Android tablet. The instructions are pretty much the same for any PSX game you want to play. You just need an ISO image of that particular game.

FPse works like any other PSX emulator, and it even lets you save/load game state. You can choose gamepad, change screen orientation, play in multiplayer mode over LAN with two Android devices, and a number of other features included as well.

“FPse is a PlayStation emulator for your Windows mobile and Android device. The name means First PlayStation Emulator for Windows CE/Android.”

You will need:

  1. FPse Android app, available on Google Play Store.
  2. BIOS file (scph1001.bin) is recommended, not compulsory though. Due to copyright issues it’s not included in the installation package. If you experience problems with the app, you should get this file too.
  3. Image of any PSX game you want to play. Supported image formats are: .iso, .nrg, .bin, .img, .mdf, .pbp, .bz, and .Z.
  4. PocketISO to compress the image file (optional).

Instructions:

  1. Install FPse from Play Store.
    fpse psx emulator for android
  2. Get image of any PSX game, and compress it using PocketISO tool, if you want to.
  3. Copy both image and BIOS files to your device.
  4. Open FPse app, accept condition, follow instructions.
    select language
  5. Go to “Load BIOS” from settings, and choose scph1001.bin file.
  6. Select “Load Game” and choose the image file of game.
    load game menu
  7. That’s it! It should work… but you might need to change a few settings to make it work properly. If you experience any problems, just post them in your comments below and I’ll answer them here.
    Tekken 3 on Android tablet

FAQs – Frequently Asked Questions:

  • Frame rate is low, and the game feels too slow to play.
    Disable transparency, disable framelimiter, enable frameskip (reduces gameplay experience substantially).
  • The game is not loading.
    If you experience problems with compressed ISO (using PocketISO), try loading uncompressed image file.

So, which game are you playing on your Android device today?