The PS4 PaRappa The Rapper Remaster Is An Emulation Of The PSP Game

The remaster of PaRappa the Rapper which launched a year ago didn’t improve on the original other than adding making the graphics nicer, and hackers have found out why. The game you have been playing is emulation of the PSP game with an extra package of HD graphics.

It appears Sony created a PSP emulator on which the game runs, but as the engine is now freely available hackers have been using it to run other games on PS4 including Patapon and Namco Museum. ArsTechnica say the hackers are looking at the Asia-exclusive physical edition of Loco Roco 2 Remastered to see if that’s running a newer version of the PSP emulator.


We gave the remaster 8/10 in our review saying it “plays exactly like the original”.

Source: ArsTechnica

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  1. Sorry if this is a stupid question but how is the engine freely available, is it because it’s in the game and hackers can take the game to pieces and snoop around?
    Seems like a smart move, shame these built in emulators can’t just be part of the system though so we can try our own PS2/PS1/downloaded PSP games, that would be handy.

    • The game is available on blu ray, so you can shove the blu ray in a PC and nick stuff off it.

      I know it’s not that easy, but essentially that’s what happens. Loco Roco 2 was only available on disc in Asia, not Europe, which is why they are looking at that.

      • Gotcha. I wonder why it got released on blu ray, Sony must know this is going to happen?

  2. So that explains why it lacks the options it needs to make it work on modern TVs then? And presumably will never get fixed.

  3. If it means there’s a way to play more PSP classics with updated assets I’m up for that!
    It’s not that different to the PS2 classics range which are also emulated games but only with a resolution bump rather than new higher quality assets.

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