PPSSPP updated to version 1.6 – OpenGL and Vulkan backends are now much faster, Android/iOS fixes, official RetroArch compatibility and more!
Emulators are like pets and you can never stop caring for them so today, PPSSPP has been updated to version 1.6. This update brings some pretty cool stuff for most users especially those with lower-end devices!
What is PPSSPP?
PPSSPP is a PSP emulator on which work was started back in 2012 by Henrik Rydgård, a co-founder of Dolphin emulator. Nowadays, this emulator is the go-to PSP emulator since it supports a wide range of platforms, including Android, iOS, Windows and Mac, has great game/homebrew compatibility and has a great deal of nice features.
Some of PPSSPP’s great features are:
- Support for save states so that you can save the game anytime you want.
- The ability to render PSP games at which ever resolution you want so that you won’t have to suffer through bad-looking games! This makes PSP games look much better, perhaps even to the level of PS2 games.
- The ability to add shaders to your games, such as FXAA ones, to make them look better.
- Many other great features such as multi-language support, the capability to use different rendering backends and compatibility with real PSP saves!
What got updated/added in PPSSPP 1.6?
Version 1.6 of this great PSP emulator brings along:
- Enhanced performance on the OpenGL rendering backend since it is now properly multi-threaded. This will be of great benefit to those using older video cards or mobile devices that do not support Vulkan and which have a dual-core CPU.
- Staying on the topic of rendering backends, the Vulkan one also got some performance improvements and Linux support. This backend has also become the default backend where supported.
- The iOS port got fixes relating to JIT and file browsing, both of which are extremely important. On the other hand, the Android version got bug fixes relating to app switching.
- Official support for acting as a RetroArch core.
- The ARM64 JIT compiler and IR interpreter got some performance improvements and bug fixes so that PPSSPP will now run better on your brand-new Android smartphone.
- Other stuff such as even more performance improvements, texture rendering fixes and other bug fixes.
As you can see, this update is pretty substantial in the performance department so you should surely check it out if you’re running PPSSPP on a device that’s a few years old!
It is also important to note that PPSSPP for Android will be rolled out to the Play Store in the coming days and not immediately!
To grab a copy of PPSSPP 1.6 for yourself, simply follow the link below and choose the download for your platform of choice. If you have any issues, you can report them via the Issues Tab found on the emulator’s GitHub.
PPSSPP download link: https://www.ppsspp.org/downloads.html
GitHub Issues tab for PPSSPP: https://github.com/hrydgard/ppsspp/issues