How to Download Games on a PSP for Free
1.Check to see if you have the right firmware. Firmware is the
proprietary operating system the PSP requires for functioning. You need
Firmware 1.0 or 1.5 to download free games on a PSP. These versions
allow you to play PSP homebrews (later versions have protections that
avoid use of non-commercial PSP games).
To check your PSP's
firmware, press the PSP's "home" button. Scroll down and select
"Settings." From there, select "System Information." The firmware
information can be found in the section where it says "System
Software." If this section has the number 1.0 or 1.50, you'll be able
to play PSP homebrews. If the number is higher, you won't be able to
download free games on a PS
2.Format a PSP memory stick. (The size of the memory stick doesn't matter
since most PSP homebrews are relatively small.) Insert the memory stick
into the slot located on the left side of the PSP, where the
directional buttons are. Pop open the cover and slide the memory stick
in, making sure it's face up and follows the direction of the white
Press the "Home" button and go into the "Settings" section.
Scroll down and select "Systems Settings." In the next screen, continue
scrolling down until you can select "Format Memory Stick." The PSP will
ask you if you want to format the memory stick. Answer "Yes," and the
PSP will format the memory stick within just a few seconds.
3.Download free PSP games onto your computer. Sites like PSP Brew, UR PSP
and PSP-Homebrew.eu contain tons of free PSP games. And the downloading
process is pretty much the same. You either select an option to
download, or you right-click on the file and use "Save As" for
4.Unzip the files. Usually, when you download free PSP games, you receive
files in a compressed (or zipped), format. This allows a developer to
send larger files without the hassle of breaking them up into pieces.
However, before you can use these games, you will have to unzip them so
you can have access to the individual files.
To unzip files, you
need to use an unzipping utility. Windows comes with one, and it's
relatively easy to use since you just select options from a Wizard. But
if you prefer something more sophisticated, consider using WinZip, (for
the PC), or Stuffit, (for Macs). Both of these programs can be
downloaded free, though the legal version of WinZip only offers a
30-day trial. Either way, unzipping is as simple as selecting "Extract"
and entering in the name of the file you want your games in.
5.Connect your PSP to the computer via a USB cable. Make sure you place
the smaller end of the USB cable into your PSP. Place the larger end
into any of the USB ports available on your computer.
6.Switch to USB mode. The PSP cannot communicate with your computer
unless it is in USB mode. This is accomplished by pressing the "Home"
button, scrolling towards "Settings" and then finally selecting "USB
7.Transfer the games onto your PSP. This step is the heart of downloading
free games onto your PSP, and, it is simple. With your PSP connected to
your computer, take whatever games you plan on downloading and place
them into the PSP > GAME folder. If this folder doesn't appear
automatically, you can create one by 'right-clicking' in the PSP
directory and then entering in the name "Game."
8.Run the games you downloaded. After you have installed the desired
games onto your PSP, disconnect the device from your computer. In the
main menu, scroll to the "Game" section. Select the "Memory Stick"
option. The PSP homebrews you downloaded will be contained here.
Highlight one of them and press "X." Assuming the homebrew is coded
properly and you have the right firmware, it should run just like a
commercial PSP game.
on Apr 02, 2010 | Video Game Consoles & Games