How to Install Genesis Emulator on PSP

By Naomi Bolton

Updated September 22, 2017

The Genesis is a 16-bit console released by Sega in 1989. It has a library of classic games like the "Sonic" and "Streets Of Rage" series. Owners of Genesis games that are unable to play their cartridges due to hardware failure now have the option of using an emulator. Since the Sony PlayStation Portable (PSP) has more powerful hardware than the Genesis, it is able to emulate the games using ROM files. Genesis emulators only work on PSP’s running custom firmware.

Navigate to the QuickJump (QJ) website, which is listed in the Resources section below, and download the latest version of the Genesis emulator.

Right-click the downloaded file and select "Extract All." Specify any locations on your computer as the destination.

Connect your PSP to your PC via the mini-USB cable. Make sure you have enough space on the PSP memory card for the emulator and whatever games you want to play.

Navigate to the "GAME" folder on your PSP memory stick. It is located inside the "PSP" folder. Create a new folder called "Genesis" inside it. Copy the files that were extracted from the downloaded archive to the "Genesis" folder. You only have to copy over the "Eboot" and "PNG" files, not the text files.

Open the Genesis folder on the PSP memory stick and create a new folder inside it called "ROMS." Copy the Genesis games you want to play to this folder. The ROMS are available from sites such as ROM-world or ROMnation, which are listed in the Resources section below.

Disconnect your PSP from your PC and navigate to the "Memory Stick" option under "Game" from the PSP menu. The Genesis emulator will display at the top of the list of programs installed on the PSP.

Press "X" to start the emulator and select the Genesis game you want to play from the list.


If you are unwilling to install custom firmware on your PSP or do not own the original Genesis games, there is still a way to play them legally. Sega has released the "Sega Genesis Collection" for PSP that contains a number of games all emulated straight from the UMD.


You must be the legal owner of the original Genesis game cartridge if you want to download and play it on your PSP using the emulator. Downloading ROM files for Genesis games you do not own is considered software piracy.