1 year ago

PSPi: Raspberry Pi Zero inside a Sony PSP

The PSPi project replaces the innards of a Sony PSP with a Raspberry Pi Zero

The PSP displaying RetroPie OS 

PSP (PlayStation Portable) was one of Sony’s finest portable gaming consoles. The predecessor to the PlayStation Vita had a large TFT display and both analogue sticks, d-pad and buttons.

This makes it an ideal case for the Raspberry Pi, which boosts its internal power. The PlayStation Portable had a 333Mhz CPU and just 32MB RAM, while the Pi Zero has a 900Mhz CPU and 512MB RAM.

More importantly, the Pi Zero allows you to run Linux OS and emulating OS systems such as RetroPie. You can emulate PSP games in RetroPie, but also the huge range of other systems (such as Playstation 1, SNES, and MAME).

The PSPi project replaces the innards of Sony’s console with a Raspberry Pi Zero. We think it’s the ideal way to update an old PSP for modern gaming.

PSPi: Building a Pi Zero PSP

“This is the project I’ve been working on and documenting at otherMod.com for the last couple months,” says Adam, the project’s builder. “It’s the second version of the PSPi, and includes many updated circuits. It’s complete now, and the next version is in the works with some big changes coming.”

  • Paul M

    That’s amazing, it’s kind of heroic too.

  • Michael Coralluzzo

    That’s cool and all. What’s the point though? I can emulate all of the same things with custom firmware in 5 minutes

  • Wilson Bradley

    Can we fit a Raspberry Pi 3 in there if we strip off the ports? I saw a Pi 3 inside a Game Boy done like that.

  • Peter McGuire

    I think the point is stated in the article… faster CPU more RAM. If this isn’t important for your emulation needs, then I guess there is no point.

  • Kjøttleif.

    What Peter McGuire said, plus: its the ultimate unbricking of a psp 😀

  • Selene Tabacchini

    “faster CPU more RAM.”

    You say that, but a PSP with cfw can run PSX game just fine, as well as actual PSP games. It can switch from PSP to media centre instantly. No need to power fully off and then back on just to remove and update the SD card, which can be done at any PC without worry of OS or file permissions.

  • Travis True

    I haven’t attempted that yet, but I think it’s possible. I think stripping the USB ports off (and possibly the GPIO pins) would do it like you said. Heck, you could probably solder the USB-mini interface that’s already built into the PSP directly to one of the Pi 3’s USB contacts, but that’s just a theory. You’ve got me thinking now though!