The Sony PlayStation Portable (PSP) offers classic Sony titles in a handheld format, making it ideal for gamers when they’re out and out. When you’re at home, however, you might not want to play on the tiny screen, and hardcore gamers often link they’re PSP up to a computer to remedy the issue. Remote Joy Lite is a program that allows you to do this, but getting it all set up isn’t the simplest of processes if you aren’t sure of the technical details.
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Things you need
- PSP-compatible mini USB cable
Switch on your PSP and scroll to the far left of the main menu screen. Select “System Settings” from the “Settings” menu and then scroll down to find “System Information.” Choose it and check the first number after “System Software” – this tells you the version of Remote Joy Lite you need to download. See Resources for links to the relevant versions – they’re named according to the first number of your PSP’s software.
Download the Remote Joy Lite file and extract it to a new folder on your desktop. Find the “RemoteJoyLite.prx” file and copy it.
Plug your PSP into your computer using your mini USB cable. You can set the PSP to automatically switch to USB mode by choosing “On” in the “USB Auto Connect” option under “System Settings.” Go to “My Computer” and double-click your PSP to enter it as if it was a storage device. Inside, enter the “seplugins” folder (you can create one if it isn’t there). Paste the “RemoteJoyLite.prx” file into it.
Find three txt files inside the “seplugins” folder, labelled “GAME,” “POPS” and “VSH.” If these aren’t present, you can create them using “Notepad” or “Microsoft Word.” Determine whether you want to play PSP games, PS1/PSX games or browse your PSP menus on your PC screen. Edit the “GAME” file if you want to play PSP, “POPS” for PS1/PSX and “VSH” for the menus. You can edit all of them, if you like.
Open the relevant txt file and paste the following code into it (without quotation marks): “ms0:/seplugins/RemoteJoyLite.prx 1” (if you’re using a PSP Go, start the code with “EF0” instead of “ms0”). If you’re editing the “POPS” file, you also should insert: “flash0:/kd/usb.prx 1” into the top line as well.
Disconnect and turn off your PSP. Hold down the right trigger button as you switch it back on to bring up the “Recovery” menu. Scroll across to “Plugins” and you’ll see a list of the currently active plugins on your PSP. You should see “RemoteJoyLite.prx” there, and it should be enabled. If it isn’t, scroll down it and select to it enable it under the relevant headings (“GAME,” “VSH” or “POPS”).
Connect your PSP to your computer again and exit the “Recovery” menu. Your computer should prompt you to update the driver, but users of Windows 7 or later will need to do it manually. Right-click “My Computer” from your Start Menu and choose “Properties” from the menu. Click on “Device Manager” in the window that pops up.
Find your PSP and right-click it. Choose “Update Driver Software…” option and browse to the “RemoteJoyLite” folder. Select the “drivers” subfolder and then click “OK.” Windows will display a garish red warning; just click “Install this driver software anyway” to continue.
Launch Remote Joy Lite when it’s completed and you’re ready to play. Run the “RemoteJoyLite_en” file you’ll find in the program folder. Right-click on the main screen to bring up options for things like controlling the game with your keyboard (under the “Key” tab) and switching off your PSP screen to conserve battery (under the “PSP” tab).
Tips and warnings
- If you have trouble installing the driver, there is a work-around. Download PSPdisp (see Resources) and install it. Run through the process, clicking “Yes” and “I Accept” as required. On the “Select Components” screen, uncheck the “Autostart PSPdisp” option before completing the installation. You’ll still have to click past the warning screen, but it should install.
- Be sure to follow the instructions provided exactly when editing your PSP's files. Making mistakes in this process could result in permanent damage, so ensure you don't change, delete or add anything else!
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