The Android Market is already full of emulators and this number increases even more with the addition of Xperia Play, which is often compared to Sony’s PlayStation because the two share almost the same controller that is now upgraded with the use of the touchscreen body. Due to all these options, you need to pay more attention to all the available emulators.
But there may be a small hitch if you have not even tried emulation before. This guide may help you become more familiar with the process so you can try the games in the past.
Take note, it is not advisable to download ROMs owned by others, but the only thing that we can tell you is to find them online without any specific details.
Even if you opt to download your own ROMs is unclear whether it is right or wrong, unless you keep the file to yourself and not distribute it to others. Please remember this while you are enjoying ROMs of your favourite games.
This legal reminder is still important. Let us start with our guide to emulation.
1. Download the emulator to your Xperia Play.
In this example, I’ve used NESoid (image on the left), but you can try other emulators too. Anyway, the process is generally the same with minor changes in a few steps.
You will be notified by the bar on your phone after the installation. Then, proceed to the next step.
2. Look for the ROM of the game.
Use Google to look for a downloadable ROM and make sure your computer’s anti-virus software is updated and activated.
Expect ROM websites to be full of bad links and annoying ads or banners, with some even trying to attack your computer. Don’t rely on your phone for this search to make it easier for you to do.
After locating the ROM, save it onto your Android phone.
3. Save the ROM in your phone memory.
Connect your phone to the computer using the USB cable. Access your phone by clicking on Start, Menu, Computer, Xperia Play or the desktop icon, usually OSX.
Make a new folder on your phone memory and name it “Roms” or other related names.
Save your ROM to the new folder and eject your phone safely.
For the latest gaming systems, prepare a console BIOS for your Android phone. Follow the prompts given by your emulator for the installation of the component. Please remember that it is illegal to use a console BIOS that isn’t actually yours.
After saving the ROM to your phone memory, open the emulator and access the folder where the ROM is saved.
Tap the file to start it.
If the game has a problem starting or it does not run smoothly, your emulator is not good enough, your phone cannot keep up with the game’s requirements, or the game is difficult to handle.
5. Adjust the controls as needed.
Even how excited you are to start playing on Xperia play, you cannot start it right away. The developers still need to update their games for the instant start up.
You have to start with the menu and look for the emulators used only for physical controllers.
It often happens that some systems do not work out with some emulators. For our example, NESoid, click on the “Other Settings” menu the on “Use Input Method” to find the controller. This can save you from using the manual button configuration.
6. Enjoy your classic games with the right controller on your Android phone.
If you have done every single step in this guide, you should be accessing the NES/SNES/Master/Genesis system on your Xperia Play.
If you are still left wondering just which emulator you should turn to for help, don’t be too frustrated about it. We still have a guide about the top ten best emulators for Android phones in this same website.