I was playing around with the PSP and I wanted to play a multiplayer game with my friend. But because he did not have the game I was trying to figure out a way to play with only one copy. And I found out that it is actually pretty easy. I tested the game with Twisted Metal and it worked great. To play any multiplayer game on a Sony PSP with only one copy of a game, do the following:
- Place the game into the 1st PSP. Start the game. Start a Multiplayer Ad-Hoc game. (Set the time to unlimited because moving the game between the units takes a while.) Get everything ready, settings ect., except do not enter the game.
- Now remove the game from the unit. A message will appear asking whether you want to exit the game, say NO! The game should go back to the setting screen, where it is waiting for you to press start. (Don’t press start yet on PSP #1)
- Now take the game and place it into the 2nd PSP. Start the game. Now go to Ad-Hoc games and find the server that the other PSP has already started. Once you find the game enter it after choose your personal settings.
- Once the game is done loading on PSP #2 take it out and put it back into unit #1. And press start and it should load into the game!
- And now you are playing each other on two PSPs with only one copy of the game. And if you want to, you can do this with up to as many units as you wish. As long as the game supports that many players.
This works great, but I bet you Sony doesn’t like it. Also to be on the safe side I removed my memorystick to prevent any possible data loss if the unit freezes. Also when you want to exit the game it might freeze. And even trying to power off the unit might not work. To solve this problem just place the game into the frozen PSP and it will do some loading and then resume normally. Any more questions? Then make a comment and I will help you if I can.Update: There have been many comments saying that this does not work, but I tested it with Twisted Metal, Need for Speed, Tony Hawk, and a few others and they worked fine. I have made changes to the instructions above. If these still do not work as of (06/20/05) please post a comment below. Thank You!
Update: I tested them multiple times, but I actually found that it is working perfectly on the PSPs with FirmWare v1.50. But when I tried it with PSPs with FirmWare v1.52 it couldn’t connect both of the PSPs together. I have not tried v1.51 so please make a comment u have tried it with it. (07/08/05)
Update: (07/27/05) First I would like to say that the my Multiplayer PSP hack does in fact work with v1.52! There needs to be a few changes made to the procedure and it will work just fine! I am going to be posting the new set of instructions soon so check the main page of my blog. Also Sony announced some new FirmWare Updates for the PSP v2.0, which will work with Sonic Stage 3.2! – link
NEW – I’ve just created a new video that goes over this procedure. It is only a few minutes long and also has directions in the video. I have also re-written the instructions above for PSPs with new firmware so check out by clicking here: PSP Multiplayer Hack Video
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Para jugar qualquier juego de multiplayer en el Sony PSP con solamente una copia de el juego, haz lo siguiente:
1-coloca el juego en el primer PSP. Comienza el juego. Comienza un juego de multiplayer Ad-Hoc (coloca el tiempo sin limite, porque moviendo el juego de un PSP a el otro tarda mucho). Entra a el juego.
2-Cuando ya estas en el juego, quita el juego de el primer PSP. Una mensaje preguntando si quieres salir de el juego aparece. Escoge NO. El juego resume.
3-Ahora, coloca el juego a el segundo PSP. Comienza el juego. Escoge “Ad-Hoc” y busque el SERVER que el primer PSP empeso. Entra a el juego.
4-Ahora debes de poder jugar juntos en dos PSPs con solamente una copia de el juego. Puedes hacer esto con quantos PSPs quieras, aun que el juego lo permite.
Sera buen idea de quitar el MEMORY STICK DUO de el PSP para que no se pierde sus datos. Quando quieras salir de el juego, se le puede paralizar? el juego, y hasta apagando el PSP no le trabaja. Para arreglar lo, coloca el disco a qualquier de los PSPs que estan paralizados.
This is wierd. The PSP has been out in Japan for a while – you think they’d have been all over that and it would be fixed…..
I’ve actually heard that this is an intended feature of the PSP; you are indeed supposed to be able to play multi-player games with one copy. If you could do this with a single-player game, then I can see Sony getting pretty upset with the idea. But its competitor, the DS and the GBA, is already able to play a few games with a single cartridge.
How can you say this works with “any psp game”? Another game by access the UMD throughout the game as opposed to only just before the game starts.
Seems like it would work with any game that doesn’t have to re-load once the server is in the level (TM, THUG2 are the only two I can really think of). Other games, like Untold Legends or Lumines access the game when both players move on to other areas — certainly this would cause a problem, right? If only I knew somebody else with a PSP, I’d try it…
I take it you skipped the feature called Gamesharing…you know the one that’s built into the PSP.
The gamesharing feature only works for certain games, and right now, most games don’t seem to support it, and if they do, it’s not explained how.
Yah, I tried the Game Sharing thing with Twisted Metal AND Thug2 and it wasn’t giving me any love. So I looked it up in the manual, and they said look in the game’s manual, and there was nothing in there about it. Any idea what games actually USE this feature?
What the world needs now is less sarcastic people and more informed people.
I wonder if the guy who mentioned Gamesharing even has a PSP…
If this does work with any PSP game (although i have my doubts). It would be an incitative for me to buy a PSP and try the games before i actully went out and bought one…
I tried this with lumines, it doesn’t work, it times out before the other psp had a chance to get into the game.
Well guys sorry to burst your bubble, but game sharing, is of course part of the system’s built-in features but the problem is that none of the game developers have implemented it, therefore if on the back of your UMD case (ie. 1-16 players, wi-fi compatible(ad hoc/infrastructure), etc) it says Game-Sharing compatible then yea u can use it. According to the game companies, games like these wont be around till the future(Q4 2005)now december does seem a little far but u can use Sahas katta’s way of game sharing, may be a little risky, but it’s better to do it this way, and save space on your memory stick(yes it does waste MB on your stick), and it only transfers multiplayer feature not offline mode.
I tried this with Twisted Metal but I get a wireless communication error. What gives?
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My twisted metal is also giving me a connection error when trying to connnect this way…
Anyone know why?????
Tested this with ridge racer and it works – you need to swap the UMD back and forth after each race, but it does work.
well i tried it with twisted metal and we were both able to get in the game but i couldn’t see him and he couldn’t see me. and then at other times it said there was a communication error with the psp’s. Is there any solution for this??????????????????????
Well if you noticed, the box does say only one game is needed for multiplayer.
Me and my roomate actually got Twisted Metal to work… somewhat. We couldn’t see eachother at all, even if we went to the same place. Have anyone actually got it to work?
I tried this with Twisted Metal as well and go the same wireless communication error. Anyone out there who can confirm that Twisted Metal work with only one umd? Also which game does it definitely work with? Ridge Racer maybe?
i have confirmed that Ridge Racer DOES work after a few swaps back and forth, however Twisted Metal DOES NOT work….players cannot see each other on the levels. Peace
it dont work i hate you
“Archer Maclean’s Mercury” works, you have to (a)host, swap + (b)join, select the level, then wait for it to say “synchronizing machines”, then swap back to the host (a). you can play the level as long as you want, but you have to swap again if you load the next level.
Twisted Metal does work. THUG does work also.
You just have to do it right.
Have the host start a server and make all settings. Swap the disk to the other machine, load into the server, make all setting changes. Leave at this screen (Where you select your car, etc.) Swap the disk to the host machine and load in the map/level. Once loaded, swap the disk to the other player, have him load into the map/level.
It’s about the same, but I haven’t tried it enough to tell you the exact details.
We have played many times like this. Just make sure not to touch anything after the first load with the UMD in your machine. When you get the UMD the second time only load into the level, and make NO changes other wise you will get errors and not be able to see each other, etc.