At the beginning of the month, emulation fans were taken by surprise by Apple, which allowed the arrival of game emulators on the App Store. The change, of course, was very welcome, as the North American giant has been prohibiting software of this kind from its official store for years.

This, of course, will pave the way for niche applications to reach the iOS system, which covers both the iPhone and iPad. Henrik Rydgard, creator of PPSSPP, famous for running PSP games, confirmed that the emulator will reach the App Store in 2024 if the platform’s rules allow the reproduction of ISOs and ROMs — since he does not have the rights to distribute Sony games legally.

“As we do not own the rights to the PSP games, we cannot offer them as in-app downloads, users must still obtain the games themselves (by discarding UMDs),” Rydgard explained on the emulator’s official blog. “So for PPSSPP to be useful beyond running a small set of free home games depends on how Apple interprets its own rules.”

PPSSPP is an emulator that runs PSP games and will hit the App Store in 2024.Fonte:  Google Play

Fortunately, Apple recently clarified to the MacRumors that emulators in your app store can run ROMs and ISOs, as long as they are from retro games. Therefore, the situation seems ripe for Rydgard to launch PPSSPP later this year on the App Store.

Now, it remains to be seen when this will happen. But the news is already great news for those who want to play the PSP via emulation on the iPhone or iPad.

The come and go of emulators on iOS

The first official emulator to reach the App Store was iGBA, software that can play Game Boy Advanced and Game Boy Collor ROMs on iOS devices. However, the application was banned shortly after arriving on the platform — but not for the reasons you might think.

iGBA was the first official emulator to hit the App Store, but it was banned for violating copyright guidelines.iGBA was the first official emulator to hit the App Store, but it was banned for violating copyright guidelines.Fonte:  Mobile Syrup

iGBA is not the legitimate work of developer Mattia La Spina, who registered the emulator on the App Store. Because of this, he was banned from the official store for violating their copyright and spam rules. In a statement to The Vergedeveloper Riley Testut, the legitimate owner of iGBA, said the app is an unauthorized clone of GBA4iOS — an open source emulator he created for iOS more than 10 years ago.

Fortunately, iOS users have already been served with a new emulation platform. Delta software, which runs several Nintendo emulators, recently arrived on iPhones and iPads.

Eager to play retro games on your iPhone or iPad? Comment on social media Voxel which platform would you like to see coming via emulation to the App Store!


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