Programmers got PSP games running on the PlayStation Portal, then “responsibly reported” the exploit so it could be patched

Latest PlayStation Portal Update Addresses Exploit for Running PSP Games

The most recent PlayStation Portal update has reportedly fixed an exploit that allowed PlayStation Portable (PSP) games to be emulated directly on the streaming handheld.

This information comes from a recent X / Twitter post by Andy Nguyen, as first reported by VGC. An employee at Google, Nguyen previously mentioned that they were part of a team that successfully managed to run PSP games offline using the PlayStation 5 peripheral and the PPSSPP emulator.

However, according to Nguyen, the exploit they utilized to install and execute the software has been fixed after responsibly reporting the issues to PlayStation. This fix is included in the latest PS Portal software update, version 2.0.6.

Although the patch notes for version 2.0.6 are vague, mentioning only that Sony has enhanced system software performance and stability, it is understandable that the company acted swiftly to rectify any software vulnerabilities once made aware of them.

For those unfamiliar with the PS Portal, it is a dedicated gaming handheld solely designed for game streaming. While the device’s operating system is limited and unable to run games organically, it excels in remote connectivity to a PS5 console out of the box.

Despite some disappointment over these limitations, our PlayStation Portal review commended the device’s exceptional ergonomic design, featuring an 8-inch LCD display integrated between the DualSense Wireless Controller’s grips. Additionally, its performance shines when coupled with a high-speed internet connection, enabling seamless gameplay of top PS5 titles while away from the console.

Given the PS Portal’s proficiency in this specific function, the absence of unofficial emulation support may not be a significant loss. There are numerous handheld consoles available for offline gaming, and original PSP consoles can still be obtained inexpensively in the second-hand market.