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September 6, 2011 // 2:05 pm - Recently freelance developer Yifan Lu has released PSXperia, a PC App that converts any PSX game to work on Xperia Play - the PlayStation Certified Sony Ericsson Android mobile smartphone for gamers.

Download: PSXperia v1.0 / PSXperia Beta 2 / PSXperia Source Code / PSXperia Wiki Guides

To quote: After two hard weeks of decompiling, reverse engineering, graphing, and coding, I'm proud to announce PSXperia, a set of tools to extract, patch, and repack the Crash Bandicoot game that comes with all Xperia Play phones to use any PSX game (that you legally own).

In addition to allowing you to play any property ripped PSX game, you can also set a custom icon and the game will show up in the phone's Playstation Pocket app, so you can quickly access it when you flip the gamepad out.

I've converted and tested 8 games with this tool and they all run flawlessly, but if things don't work out so smoothly for you, submit your issues to GitHub.

PSXperia PC App Converts Any PSX Game to Work on Xperia Play

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#13 - rdurbin - September 8, 2011 // 10:39 pm
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if you testing out crash bandicoot, I don't think you can directly just put it on your phone. use the program to insert another psx game so it can build the correct files. the program will create a small file (apk) and the bigger file which will go in android/data folder, these files are in your output folder after you created a new game. you also need to make sure your android device can install files from 3rd parties, its in settings.

#12 - Duff Man - September 8, 2011 // 1:22 pm
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well, a quick update. the files, that rdurbin suggested, and are linked above, ARE the crash bandicoot files needed for the trick, however they don't seem to be the software that will let you play it (play now, i think). So when I try to install crash bandicoot it tells me the install was unsuccessful. Unfortunately I'm rather time poor at the moment so maybe if someone is interested they can track down the 'play now' apk and try to get it running.

In short, the files will only help someone with an Xperia play (so far), however, if you have that phone, then you also have these files on it.

on the arc the app is 'playnowclientarvato' and it's 131.39k, it would be interesting to see if the app is different on the play (located in /system/app)

#11 - rdurbin - September 7, 2011 // 8:03 pm
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it doesn't appear the Sony emulator has touch controls other than setting L2 and R2 to touch screen since the xperia play only has L1 and R1. they let you choose between 6 different control configurations, similar to how the psp psx emulator works. So even if this works on other devices it may only be playable on xperia play, but I am not 100% sure. It may detect that its not running on xperia play and offer touch screen controls or keyboard controls if your device has one.

#10 - Duff Man - September 7, 2011 // 12:34 pm
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Thanks rdurbin, really appreciate the info... Now I'll just have to find somewhere to download them... Hmmm any thoughts? Before I explore every avenue google has?

Ok well found them... Not sure about the linking rules anymore, so if someone wants them they can be found here:


#9 - rdurbin - September 7, 2011 // 8:36 am
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you need the apk and zpak, here are the names of the files extracted from my xperia play us. 5.04 MB (5,290,747 bytes)
NCUA94900_1_1.zpak 525 MB (551,463,148 bytes)

the files names may vary slightly depending on region, i guess.

#8 - Duff Man - September 7, 2011 // 6:26 am
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does anyone know what the 'apk' is called? I have an arc and would love to take a crack at it.

#7 - NTA - September 7, 2011 // 1:55 am
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It isn't possible to make custom psx eboots for ps3 is it?

#6 - rdurbin - September 7, 2011 // 1:49 am
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It would probably work for other android phones as its apk file but i'm not sure if the app itself has touch controls. It works pretty good. I tested hot shots golf 2 and arc the lad. Does anyone know if it supports multiple disc games? Or do you have to convert each disc seperately?

#5 - saviour07 - September 7, 2011 // 1:34 am
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I understand that the controls may seem like an initial problem, but on-screen controls are available with existing emulators.

I'm just theorising how possible it could be to combine this app with other software for Android and make a more reliable/stable/better emulator.

Plus, if the PS App for Xperia Play is just an apk file then I'd like to take a crack at that too!

#4 - Duff Man - September 7, 2011 // 1:10 am
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is there a chance it could work on the xperia arc? I would guess it would need the 'special' software to be able to run on it, that the play has. I'd guess otherwise the 2 firmwares are pretty similar though.

And about the controls, there is a six axis app that allows you to use a ps3 controller with emulators etc, that would be handy.