Do you like video games? Almost everyone does (even those people who say they don’t but secretly wish they could play them anyway.) And the current craze in video games exists in the area of handheld gaming, which may explain why Sony Inc. has created the PSP mini or handheld gaming system. All PSP units are based on the Universal Media Disc proprietary technology exclusively owned by Sony Inc.
With the PSP and handeld gaming growing in popularity by leaps and bounds, it is not surprising that emulators would be created. An emulator, for those who don’t know, is a hardware or software product that can imitate one system’s functionalities when the emulator is installed into another completely different system. Thus, emulators can come in the form of software which will be run on PCs so that a new software application can be run on such machines; or in the form of hardware which has firmware integrated into it. This hardware’s firmware would be responsible for telling your PC how to function once specific game software has been downloaded into that PC.
A free emulator software that has been going around is the Neo Geo Emulator. This emulator, which is now popularly installed in many PSPs, aims to permit end-users to play games which were popularized in the late 1990s in Japan and are based on the Neo Geo Game console. Obviously, Sony Inc. does not officially allow the Neo Geo Emulator to be installed on its PSPs, but that doesn’t prevent people from downloading the emulator software into their PSP units free of charge anyway.
It should be explained that Neo Geo Emulators don’t come in one version only. One source on the Internet recommends this version – MVSPSP 2.0.6 – and explains how to install it properly. See below details for the installation process:
* To install the MVSPSP 2.0.6, you need to copy the MVSPSP folder into the GAME folder so that you can proceed to run the program in 1.50 kernel. If you can secure some roms for yourself, look for the other folder dubbed romcnv. The romcnv folder has an exe inside that can change your roms into a cache file. This cache file is necessary (just like the roms zip file) for use on the PSP phat due to its low memory.
* After that, you have to create one folder labelled ROMS and another one labeled CACHE within the MVSPSP folder. In addition, you require the neogeo.zip that functions as the console’s bios – this permits you to run the Neo Geo games.
* Once done, set it in the ROMS folder. You don’t need to create a cache of that info though.
The Neo Geo emulator described here can play Metal Slug 1, Samurai Showdown, and King of the Monsters with 100% precision and functionality too. This source also disclosed that one can now get the MVSPSP 2.2.0 (applicable for the PSP version named PSP Slim) which does not need use of cache files since the PSP Slim has a doubled memory spanning 64mb.