Well, we need to admit it. We like things to be very cheap or free. However, companies such as Sony don’t believe in such idea. They think you’re more than willing to spend your dollars for some of their uber-cool games.
While this is true, this doesn’t really stop us from seeking ways on how we can go around the policy and ultimately download them without spending a single cent. Fortunately, the answer has already arrived.
How to Download Games
(Disclaimer: Downloading these free PSP games is considered illegal.)
For us, downloading free PSP games has two parts: easy and hard. To inspire you, let’s begin with the former.
Step 1: Search for websites that currently provide free PSP games.
You’ll be surprised that there are so many of them. It should not take you more than 5 minutes to find around 10 websites. This is great for you since you also have a lot of options for titles.
Step 2: Download the game.
This depends on what website you’re using. Normally, you just click on the game and press Download. There are also some that have a dedicated Downloads section, and all you have to do is to search for the game you want to play.
Step 3: Access the games.
A lot of these games are stored in third-party or torrent websites. You may have to enter the CAPTCHA code or password before you can fully download the game. Regardless, these websites are gracious enough to help you out, especially when it comes to passwords.
Note that depending on the speed of your PC, it may take around 15 to 20 minutes before you can completely download the game’s components.
Step 4: Save the file.
You can save it anywhere in your PC. However, just so you wouldn’t spend a lot of time looking for it later, store it in your desktop. If the file doesn’t reflect the name of the game, rename it.
Step 5: Extract the file.
Step 6: Connect your PSP to your PC.
This is called changing the PSP to USB mode. To do this, you just need a USB cable. If you don’t have it, you can conveniently purchase it online.
Step 7: Insert your memory stick or UMD.
Step 8: Look for ISO.
A lot of these games are ISO, so you have to save them in the right folder. If you can’t find the ISO folder, just create one and label it ISO (in capital letters). What if the game isn’t ISO? Create a folder called Games.
Step 9: Copy the extracted files into the ISO or Games folder.
Step 10: Remove the memory stick or UMD and disconnect the PSP.
Sounds easy, doesn’t it? Not really.
A long time ago, you can actually play any game you wanted right in your PSP. It could even run homebrew games. Nevertheless, perhaps Sony saw some stiff competition, so they opted to stop the habit by updating the firmware constantly. A lot of developers are swift, though, and they’re able to find ways to remedy the problem. One of these is custom firmware.
Custom firmware can lead to a couple of potential problems, if you’re not careful. First it already voids your warranty. Second, unless you follow instructions to a T, you may only destroy your PSP. The damage may sometimes be irreparable.
But it’s essential too so you can run these free games smoothly in your PSP. Online, you can already find a lot of tutorials on how to downgrade your firmware, which is the first step of the process. You need this in order to match your PSP’s firmware with that of the custom firmware.
You may also need a Pandora battery. This type of battery saves you a lot of trouble, especially if you don’t know anything or a lot about electronics. If you don’t buy this, you have to go through the painstaking process of manually removing the battery’s casing with a knife until you can access the circuit board. Then you have to cut the pin and lift it.
Once you have already installed the battery, you can then create a Magic Memory Stick that stores all custom firmware files in your PSP.
How do you get your own full versions? Let us know.