PlayStation Portal Hacked To Run PSP Games

The PlayStation Portal has been around for a little while now and is designed to give PlayStation 5 owners a way to play their games remotely.

Those games still run on the PS5 itself, but the video is sent to the Portal and controls are sent back in the other direction. It costs $200 and works surprisingly well, but it’s limited to just running games on a PS5.

At least, that was the case until two Google engineers found a way to get the PPSSPP emulator to run natively on the PlayStation Portal. The result is that gamers can play PSP games on the device without connecting to any other device

The Verge notes that the hack doesn’t require any special hardware or modifications, making it all the more interesting.

Nguyen also confirms that the exploit is “all software based,” so it doesn’t require any hardware modifications like additional chips or soldering. Only a photo of Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories running on the PlayStation Portal has been released so far, but Nguyen may release some videos to demonstrate the exploit at the weekend.

The lack of any public availability is of course a disappointment, but the fact that this is possible suggests that things might change in the future. Nguyen isn’t new to hacking Sony consoles either, he already discovered multiple different PS4 and PS5 exploits which suggests he definitely knows his way around whatever protections Sony keeps using.

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