(Here’s an old update from October 2015)
PPSSPP VR is now released! From the people who brought you Dolphin VR.
PPSSPP VR is a PlayStation Portable emulator for the Oculus Rift that lets you actually be inside PSP games. You are not playing on a virtual handheld or screen, you are inside the virtual world.
Important: do not resize the mirror window while in VR mode! Otherwise the GUI will stop working. I forgot to fix that bug before the release. The window size should be set to 1x. It will still render at full resolution in the Rift.
Don’t forget to set the internal resolution to whatever you want, 6x is good for me.
Games which are good or perfect in VR:
7 Wonders (2D)
Age of Zombies (2D)
Archer Maclean’s Mercury / Hydrium (Hg)
ARMORED CORE 3 Portable
Battle Poker (2D)
Beam ’em Up (2D)
Big Head Snooker
Bleach Heat The Soul 1
Bleach Heat The Soul 2
Bleach Heat The Soul 3
Bleach Heat The Soul 4
Bleach Heat The Soul 5
Bleach Heat The Soul 6
Bleach Heat The Soul 7
Bubble Trubble (2D)
BUST A MOVE DELUXE (2D)
BUST A MOVE GHOST (2D)
DEAD OR ALIVE Paradise
Dissidia – Final Fantasy
Dissidia – Final Fantasy Universal Tuning (Japanese)
Dissidia 012 – Final Fantasy Duodecim
Family Guy (Use Europe, ULES00601, if you want culling disabled)
James Cameron’s AVATAR™: THE GAME
Megaman Powered Up
SHReK the THiRD
Star Trek: Tactical Assault
Sword Art Online Infinity Moment (use the English patch)
Ultimate Ghosts’n Goblins
Games which are playable in VR:
300: March to Glory
50 Cent® Bulletproof G Unit Edition
Ape Academy 2
Army of TWO™: The 40th Day (USA, ULUS10472 if you want culling disabled)
Assassin’s Creed: Bloodlines
Atari Classics Evolved
BLAZBLUE Portable (2D)
Bleach Soul Carnival (2D)
Bleach Soul Carnival 2 (2D)
Brain Challenge (2D)
Ghostbusters: The Video Game
KINGDOM HEARTS Birth by Sleep
Prince of Persia – Revelations
Virtua Tennis: World Tour
WWE SmackDown! vs. RAW 2006
Games which work badly in VR
Ace Combat X
ARMORED CORE LAST RAVEN Portable
ATV Offroad Fury Pro
Call of Duty : Roads to Victory
GHOST IN THE SHELL STAND ALONE COMPLEX
Hannah Montana: Rock Out The Show
Iron Man 2
METAL GEAR SOLID PEACE WALKER
Star Wars Battlefront II
Star Wars: The Force Unleashed
Games which are completely unplayable in VR
Activision Hits Remixed
God of War: Chains of Olympus
God of War: Ghost of Sparta
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
LEGO® Batman™: The Videogame
Ridge Racer 2
Other unlisted games have not been tested, and might work great or terribly. But they won’t have default settings or the correct scale until you create game specific settings and adjust them yourself.
Unlike Dolphin VR, the menus and GUI are all inside VR.
There are no default VR keys, so you should first go into Settings, Controls, and set the Freelook Reset key, I recommend ‘R’. If you can’t see the settings, you can turn off your Rift before you start PPSSPP VR, so it launches in non-VR mode. You should set whatever controls you want to use to play, remembering the real PSP doesn’t have a right analog stick, L2, R2, L3, or R3 buttons, a touchscreen, or motion sensors.
You should go into Settings, Graphics, and set your internal resolution to something large like 5x. The native PSP resolution is 480×272, which is terrible for VR. Also make sure you use OpenGL, because D3D9 is not supported.
In Settings, VR, you can adjust the size of the VR GUI, settings for all games, or game-specific VR settings. Game-specific settings work differently than in Dolphin VR. Currently in PPSSPP, all settings are global unless you create a game config in the pause menu for that game. If you have a game config then all settings are game-specific for that game. You don’t need a game config to use the game’s default VR settings that I created.
You need to rip your PSP games to .iso or .cso files. In PPSSPP, you can browse for the folder that has your games. In the game list, games I have tested will have a number of gold stars out of 5 in the bottom right corner. 5 = perfect, 4 = good, 3 = playable, 2 = bad, 1 = unplayable. If there are no gold stars, then it hasn’t been tested and doesn’t have default settings for correct scale etc. Press Triangle on a game to see the game’s info and options. At the bottom of the info screen it will list any issues the game has in VR.