Here’s how to play PlayStation games on your iPhone and iPad – works with the latest iOS | Sony PS1, PSX, PSOne Emulator for iOS

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As of when this article is written, Delta Emulator has been officially released on the Apple App Store for a couple of weeks and people – perhaps including you – has been enjoying it to play multiple Nintendo retro consoles and handhelds. But what if you are itching to also play Sony PlayStation 1 games on your iPhone and iPad, such as the fun Road Rash 3D (image below), legendary Final Fantasy VII or the foggy Silent Hill or the original Tomb Raider?

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Playing Road Rash 3D PlayStation game on my iPhone – life never been so good!

Well, there are rumors that Provenance – another emulator that supports PlayStation 1 games – to be released officially on Apple App Store, however until the rumors proven true, I have a way for you to run and play PlayStation 1 games on your iPhone and iPad. While the steps are not super straight-forward but they are not super complicated to follow either. I can guarantee, they are worthy – since in the end, you’ll be able to play PlayStation 1 games on your iPhone and iPad.

Prerequisites to get PlayStation games running on your iPhone and iPad

These are the prerequisites you need to do and get them done before able to run and play PlayStation 1 games on your iPhone and iPad.

1) Install SideStore on your iPhone & iPad

This is the most important steps, and you need to do this since PlayStation emulator as of when this article is written does not exist yet on the Apple App Store.
SideStore is a fork from AltStore (that doesn’t require computer to refresh once installed) which enables your iPhone / iPad to sideload apps that are non-existent in Apple App Store. So using SideStore, we are going to sideload the PlayStation emulator.

LinkComplete steps to install SideStore – FREE, untethered sideloading at JILAXZONE.
altstore vs sidestore
AltStore vs SideStore – you don’t need to install both of them, you just need to pick one of them.

In case you are still preferring to use AltStore instead of SideStore, you can follow the steps to get AltStore installed on your iPhone/iPad here:

LinkComplete steps to install AltStore – FREE, sideloading at JILAXZONE.

2) Get the PlayStation games / ROMs ready

Well, due to legal reasons, I won’t detail much here. Google here is your best friend. You may want to start with this:

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Get your PlayStation games ready. Image courtesy of Gamespot (

I have to remind you this: Please DO RESPECT the Console Maker, Game makers, Developers, Publishers by always buying and playing the originals on their original systems. Without you supporting them, there won’t be any good and great systems and games in the coming future.

3) Transfer the PlayStation games to your iPhone and iPad

If you are using iOS 13 and up, the iPhone Safari browser has capability to download any kinds of files, including PlayStation games files / ROMs. Refer to this article to know more how to transfer/download files using Safari: Download using Safari at JILAXZONE.

Now you can download any kinds of files directly from mobile Safari on iPhone and iOS devices

Once you managed to transfer your PlayStation games into your iPhone/iPad, do take note on where you place the PlayStation games / ROMs on your iPhone/iPad, since on the later steps you’ll need it.

Here’s how you can play PlayStation games on your iPhone and iPad

Ensure you have done all the prerequisites mentioned above, especially on the steps of installing SideStore.

enge playstation javascript emulator browser
Remember this screen? Well, follow the steps below to get the screen appear on your iPhone/iPad!

Step 1) Pick your PlayStation emulator for iPhone and iPad

Using your iPhone/iPad, open the link using Safari.

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RetroArch emulator: How to, Setup, configure, tips and tricks and more. Image courtesy of RetroArch.

Option 1: RetroArch – cross-platform emulator that runs PlayStation games.


Option 2: Provenance – another cross-platform emulator that also runs PlayStation games.


In terms of UI/UX, Provenance is better than RetroArch. However, RetroArch has much deeper configurations that’s for some is overwhelming (at first). If you need my recommendation, I will highly recommend you try using RetroArch – it’s available on many platforms as well (iOS, PC, Raspberry Pi, Android and many more so that it’s easier for you to move around switching between devices), plus it’s super active in development and releases.

Whichever PlayStation emulator you choose, download the .ipa file directly using your iPhone/iPad. Click the link above from Safari browser. Once downloaded, the file shall be stored under your Files app. In case you don’t know, IPA (.ipa) is short for iOS Application Package (iOS app/game file – it’s like EXE file for Windows or APK file for Android). In case you don’t know where Safari put the downloaded file, configure it here: Configure Safari default download folder for iOS at JILAXZONE.

Step 2) Install the PlayStation Emulator to iPhone

Before proceeding to the steps below, ensure you have installed SideStore on your iPhone/iPad and you have downloaded the PlayStation emulator .ipa file.
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View from AltStore / SideStore app.

Step 2a) Run SideStore app.

Step 2b) Inside SideStore, go to “My Apps” tab.

Step 2c) Tap on “+” button located on the top left of SideStore screen.

Step 2d) Navigate to the download folder where you have downloaded PlayStation emulator .ipa file (be it RetroArch or Provenance). Tap on the file to begin installing. In case prompted, key-in your Apple ID and password – this is required for code signing.

RetroArch/Provenance should now in-progress being installed to your iPhone/iPad, you just need to wait until it finished installing. Once finished installing, it will appear on “My Apps” tab under “Active” section.

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RetroArch look and feel with built-in virtual gamepads.

Just to be sure, you can go back to your iPhone Home screen and check whether you can see either “RetroArch” or “Provenance” app icon on the Home screen. If you can see “RetroArch” or “Provenance” app on your Home screen, that means you have successfully installed it. Congrats!

Step 3) Run the PlayStation Emulator on iPhone

Running RetroArch or Provenance on iPhone/iPad is as simple as tapping the icon. If this is your first time opening RetroArch/Provenance, you won’t see any retro games on it. You need to get your own games for it.

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My iPhone with Provenance installed and SteelSeries Nimbus – ready to play any retro games!

For legal reasons and for respecting game developers and publishers out there, I won’t detail the steps here, but you can google for it easily. Ensure to transfer your retro games into the iPhone.

That’s it! Congrats to you for your hard work installing PlayStation emulator of your choice on your iPhone. Now it’s the time for you to enjoy playing all those retro games straight from your iPhone, anywhere anytime you like.

Play better with Controller!

Playing retro games is always better with controller!

While you can always use the touchscreen of the iPhone to play the games, but for greater fun and enjoyment, I would recommend you to play the games with the Controller using physical buttons – so the experience is (almost) the same as the original. Just in case you need recommendation, here they are. I am personally using Nimbus and DualShock 4 to play the games.

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Game controllers – which side are you on? Image courtesy of Final Weapon (

All controllers’ images shown below are trademarks of the respective owners.

8BitDo M30

The Bluetooth controller that looks like the 6-button SEGA Genesis / Mega Drive controller.

Get 8BitDo M30 on Amazon
Get 8BitDo M30 on AliExpress
Get 8BitDo M30 Android/iPhone Clipper on AliExpress
Backbone Controller 2nd Generation with USB-C / Lightning
The controller that uses USB-C (or lightning) to connect. Very handy and portable to carry around.

Get Backbone Controller on Amazon
Razer Kishi
Best telescopic controller for iPhone. It comes with Lightning connector for passthrough charging as well as better low-latency gaming.

In case you need it:
Get Razer Kishi for Android on Amazon
Get Razer Kishi for Android on AliExpress

Get Razer Kishi for iPhone on Amazon
Get Razer Kishi for iPhone on AliExpress
SteelSeries Nimbus+

For playing iOS games. I like it because it’s MFi certified – Made for iOS, any controller-compatible games will for sure run with this controller.

In case you need it:
Get SteelSeries Nimbus+ on Amazon
Get Nimbus iPhone clipper on AliExpress.
Xbox Series X|S Wireless Controller
Great controller from Xbox compatible with your Xbox (of course!) as well as Windows PC, Android and iOS, recommended for those with big hands.

Read here for pairing Xbox Series X|S Controller with your iPhone at JILAXZONE.

In case you need it:
Get Xbox Series X|S Wireless Controller on Amazon
Get Xbox Series X|S Android/iPhone Clipper on AliExpress

Get Xbox One Controller on Amazon
Get Xbox One Controller on AliExpress
Get Xbox One Android/iPhone Clipper on AliExpress
PS5 DualSense
Awesome controller from PlayStation compatible with your PS5 (of course!) as well as Android and iOS, recommended for those with smaller hands.

Read here for pairing PS5 DualSense Controller with your iPhone at JILAXZONE.

In case you need it:
Get PS5 DualSense on Amazon
Get PS5 DualSense Android/iPhone Clipper on AliExpress
PS4 DualShock
While DualSense is the latest PlayStation controller but doesn’t mean DualShock 4 is bad. DualShock 4 is indeed one of the cheaper alternatives to get into gaming on your Android and iOS, recommended for those with smaller hands.

In case you need it:
Get PS4 DualShock 4 on Amazon
Get PS4 DualShock 4 on AliExpress
Get PS4 DualShock 4 Android/iPhone Clipper on AliExpress

Here’s my own setup:

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This is my retro gaming setup. What about you? (In picture: iPhone paired with DualShock 4 controller)

Note: If you buy anything from Amazon / AliExpress using links above, I will earn a small commission at no extra cost charged on your purchases.

Other retro game emulators available on iPhone and iPad (and iPod Touch!)

These are retro game emulators available on the iOS and iPadOS platform, none of them requires jailbreak. Head out to their individual links for detail step by step on how to get them installed on your device.

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Do you know that you can play PS2 games now on iPhone? Check the installation guide below. Image courtesy of Evan Amos.
EmulatorDescriptionInstallation guide Link
CEMUNintendo Wii U emulator, workaround for iOSCEMU workaround for iOS at JILAXZONE
DeltaMultiple Nintendo console emulator for iOSDelta for iOS at JILAXZONE
Delta iPacMultiple SEGA Genesis & Nintendo console emulator for iOSDelta iPac for iOS at JILAXZONE
DolphiniOSNintendo Wii & Nintendo GameCube emulator for iOSDolphiniOS for iOS at JILAXZONE
EmuThreeDS(Early) Nintendo 3DS emulator for iOSEmuThreeDS for iOS at JILAXZONE
eNGEPS1 emulator for iOSeNGE for iOS at JILAXZONE
FlycastSEGA Dreamcast emulator for iOSFlycast for iOS at JILAXZONE
iNDSNDS emulator for iOSiNDS for iOS at JILAXZONE
Play!PS2 emulator for iOSPlay! for iOS at JILAXZONE
ProvenanceMultiple game console emulator for iOSProvenance for iOS at JILAXZONE
RetroArchMultiple game console emulator for iOSRetroArch for iOS at JILAXZONE
RetroGameBotMultiple game console emulator runs on Safari for iOSRetroGamesBot for iOS at JILAXZONE
YuzuNintendo Switch emulator, workaround for iOSYuzu workaround for iOS at JILAXZONE

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