How to play Sony PSP games in Retro Arch on Linux

If you use Retro Arch on Linux and love the Sony PSP, you’ll be happy to know that it is possible to play PSP games on the Linux platform, thanks to the PSP Retro Arch core.

 Sony PSP games Retro Arch  Linux

In this guide, we’ll show you how to install Retro Arch, download the Sony PSP core, and use it to play your favorite PSP games. To get started, grab your favorite PSP ROM files and follow along.

Installing Retro Arch on Linux

To play Sony PSP games in Retro Arch, you must install the program. Retro Arch is available on a wide variety of Linux operating systems. To get it working, open up a terminal window and follow the instructions down below to get the app working.

Note: need a more in-depth guide on how to get Retro Arch working on your Linux PC? Follow our installation guide on how to set up Retro Arch on Linux.

Ubuntu

sudo apt install retroarch

Debian 

sudo apt-get install retroarch

Arch Linux

sudo pacman -S retroarch

Fedora

sudo dnf install retroarch

OpenSUSE

sudo zypper install retroarch

Snap package

sudo snap install retroarch

Flatpak

flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub https://flathub.org/repo/flathub.flatpakrepo

sudo flatpak install org.libretro.RetroArch 

After installing Retro Arch on Linux, we highly recommend launching the application and going to “Online Updater.” Once in the Retro Arch online updater, use it to update the Retro Arch assets. 

If you do not update assets, Retro Arch may be missing fonts and various icons and will not look right. You may also run into black squares and other unpleasant UI issues.

Enable Core Downloader

By default, when you install Retro Arch on any Linux distribution, the “Core Downloader” is turned off. Having this feature shut off by default is annoying, but it can be re-enabled by doing the following steps.

Step 1: Delete existing Retro Arch configuration files on your computer via the terminal.

sudo rm /etc/retroarch.cfg

rm ~/.config/retroarch/retroarch.cfg

Step 2: Download the new configuration file with the Core Downloader enabled.

cd ~/Downloads
wget https://archive.org/download/retroarch_202104/retroarch.cfg

Step 3: Place the configuration file on your Linux PC. 

cd ~/Downloads

sudo cp retroarch.cfg /etc/

cp retroarch.cfg ~/.config/retroarch/

If the Core Downloader still doesn’t work, try the Flatpak or Snap release of Retro Arch instead.

Installing the Sony PSP core in Retro Arch

Emulation in Retro Arch is possible thanks to “cores.” Cores are library files that provide all of the functionality needed to play games on various systems. Before we can play PSP games in Retro Arch, you will need to download and install the Sony PSP core.

The Sony PSP core is installable through the online updater tool. To do it, launch the Retro Arch app and follow the step-by-step instructions below.

Step 1: Go to the Retro Arch main menu in the app using the mouse or Arrow keys on the keyboard (with Enter to select). Once in the menu, find “Online Updater” and select it with the mouse to access the Retro Arch Online Updater.

Step 2: Find the “Core Downloader” section, and select it with the mouse or Arrow keys on the keyboard (and press Enter to access it).

Once you access the “Core Downloader” area, you’ll see a long list of available game consoles, as well as specialized video games (DOOM, QUAKE, etc.) Scroll through the list till you find “Sony – PlayStation Portable.”

Step 3: After hovering over “Sony – PlayStation Portable,” click or press Enter on the keyboard to access the core in Retro Arch. Then, click on (or select with the keyboard) and select “Sony – PlayStation Portable (PPSSPP)” to install the PSP core.

How to play Sony PSP games in Retro Arch on Linux

To play Sony PSP games in Retro Arch, do the following. First, find the “Import Content” button in Retro Arch, and click on it. By selecting this option, you can add your Sony PSP ROMs to the system. 

Adding your PSP ROMs to Retro Arch will make them show up in the app under the console name it was designed to play on. Your PSP ROMs should show up on the sidebar under “Sony PlayStation Portable,” “PSP,” or something similar.

Note: if your ROM files do not show up after a scan, do not worry! You can do a manual scan where you specify the system, the ROM file extension, etc. This feature is located under “Import Content.”

Go to the sidebar, select the Sony PlayStation Portable option, and click on the ROM you wish to play in Retro Arch. After selecting your ROM, look for “Set Core Association.”

Under “Core Association,” set it to “Sony – PlayStation Portable (PPSSPP).” Then, select the “Run” button to start up your PSP game in Retro Arch! 

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Cannot Connect Xbox 360 Controller to PC? Here’s What You Should Do

If you plan to play games on a Windows 10 system with a gaming controller, an Xbox controller is what you should buy to go with it. It will connect easily and it is supported out of the box. Xbox and Windows 10 are both developed by Microsoft which makes an Xbox 360 controller the perfect controller for gaming on a PC.

Connect Xbox 360 Controller to PC

Connect Xbox 360 controller to PC 

Connecting an Xbox 360 controller to a PC is fairly easy. Both the wired and wireless version will be able to connect to it. 

  • Pair the controller if it’s a wireless controller and make sure the controller is On.
  • Connect the controller and make sure its light turns on i.e., the X on the controller lights up.

Give Windows 10 a few minutes to set up the new device and check if it works. You can check controller input outside of games.

  1. Visit Gamepad tester.
  2. Your controller should be detected automatically.
  3. Press the buttons or one of the control sticks and you should see input on the screen.

If the controller lights up but no input is detected during tests, the controller hasn’t been set up correctly. If the controller input has been detected but it isn’t working in games. Try the fixes below.

1. Check Xbox controller support

Not all games, no matter how much you want them to, will support a controller. Games like Among Us or Inside are best played with a keyboard. Check if the game you’re trying to use the controller in has support for a controller.

You can check this by going to the game’s settings for control/keyboard/mouse. If a game explicitly says it is best played with a keyboard, it is best to not try to play it with a controller.

2. Steam controller support

Steam can add controller support for any and all games. Normally, it is enabled by default when you connect a controller however you may have to manually enable it.

  1. Connect the controller to your system.
  2. Open Steam.
  3. On the menu bar, go to Steam>Settings.
  4. Go to the Controller tab.
  5. Click General controller settings.
  6. Enable support for Xbox controllers.
  7. Restart Steam and your system.

3. Manually install Xbox controller drivers

Drivers for the Xbox may not have installed correctly or at all. In this case, it’s best to manually install them.

  1. Connect the controller to the PC.
  2. Open Device Manager.
  3. Expand Other Devices.
  4. You will see an ‘Unknown device’ listed below it.
  5. Right-click it and select Update device software.
  6. Select Browse my computer for driver software.
  7. Select the ‘Let me pick from a list…’ option.
  8. Scroll down and select the Xbox 360 peripherals option.
  9. Select the newest driver that is available.
  10. Install it and accept any prompts that you see on the screen.
  11. The driver will be installed and you’ll be able to use the controller with your games.

4. Change USB port

A wired Xbox controller needs power to run, just like a wireless controller. The wired controller gets power via the USB port it’s connected to.

Make sure the USB port that you’re connecting the controller to is the charging port. It is normally indicated by a thunderbolt or similar symbol. If you’re not sure which one it is, turn the system off or put it to sleep and connect a phone to the port. If the port charges the device even when the system is off, it is the charging port. All other USB ports will not charge a device until the system is powered on.

5. Turn of Game bar

The Windows 10 Game bar was added so that users could record and broadcast games using native tools instead of installing third-party apps like OBS. Unfortunately, the Game bar is hit and miss. Sometimes it works and other times it causes problems.

  1. Tap the Win+I keyboard shortcut to open the Settings app.
  2. Go to Gaming.
  3. Select the Game bar tab.
  4. Turn the switch at the top off.

Conclusion

An Xbox controller, once detected, will not cause problems. Setting the connection up is where you might run into trouble but installing the driver for it manually is a sure-fix. Make sure the hardware i.e., the controller itself isn’t damaged and all buttons are working. If you’re running apps to remap the controller, quit them all. 

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How to play Dead Rising on Linux

Dead Rising is an action/adventure open-world game. The game focuses on Frank, the photographer, just as the world descends into a zombie apocalypse. The player controls Frank as he fights to survive at an abandoned mall.

play Dead Rising on Linux

Dead Rising on Linux

Dead Rising has been ported to several different platforms over the years but strangely never made it to Linux. Thankfully though, it is possible to play this game on any Linux system with a few tweaks. 

Install Steam

Ubuntu

On Ubuntu Linux, Steam is easily installable via the Apt command below.

sudo apt install steam

Debian

If you’re using Debian Linux, you can get Steam working quite quickly by downloading the DEB package directly from Valve’s Steam website. To start the download process, use the following wget command down below.

wget https://steamcdn-a.akamaihd.net/client/installer/steam.deb

After downloading Steam to your Debian Linux PC, you can install the software using the dpkg command.

 sudo dpkg -i steam.deb

With the Steam DEB package installed on Debian, you must correct any dependency issues during the installation process. To correct the dependencies on your PC, execute the following apt-get install -f command below.

sudo apt-get install -f

Arch Linux

To install Steam on Arch Linux, ensure that the “multilib” software repository is enabled in /etc/pacman.conf. Once it is enabled, use the Pacman -Syy command to re-sync your servers with Arch. Doing this command will also set up “multilib.”

After getting “multilib working, use the command below to install the latest release of Steam. 

sudo pacman -S steam

Fedora/OpenSUSE

On both Fedora Linux as well as OpenSUSE Linux, Steam is easily installable through a software repository. That said, these versions of the app aren’t as good, so we don’t recommend going this route. Instead, we suggest installing Steam via Flatpak.

Flatpak

Steam is available as a Flatpak package in the Flathub app store. If you’d like to use the Flatpak release of Steam, you’ll need first to enable the Flatpak runtime. To turn on the runtime, install the “flatpak” package using your Linux PC’s package manager.

Can’t figure out how to set up Flatpak on your Linux PC? Be sure to check out our in-depth guide on Flatpak. It walks you through how to install and set up the runtime.

Once the Flatpak runtime is up and running, it is time to enable the Flathub app store. To enable Flathub, use the following flatpak remote-add command below. 

flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub https://flathub.org/repo/flathub.flatpakrepo

With the Flathub app store set up in Flatpak on Linux, you’ll be able to install Steam on your computer. To install, enter the following flatpak install command down below.

flatpak install flathub com.valvesoftware.Steam

Play Dead Rising on Linux

Now that Steam is installed and ready to use, open it up and log in using your user credentials. After that, follow the step-by-step instructions down below to play Dead Rising on Linux!

Step 1: Inside Steam, find the “Steam” menu and click on it to reveal its options. Once inside, select the “Settings” menu entry to open up the Steam settings area. From there, locate “Steam Play” and click on it to access the Steam Play area.

Inside the “Steam Play” area, you must check two boxes. These boxes are “Enable Steam Play for supported titles” and “Enable Steam Play for all other titles.”

Step 2: Locate the “Store” button at the top of Steam and click on it to access the Steam Store. From there, click on the search box, and type in “Dead Rising.” Press the Enter key to view the search results.

Look through the search for “Dead Rising” and click on it to go to the game’s Steam Storefront page.

Step 3: Once on the Dead Rising Steam Storefront page, and look for the green “Add to cart” button. Select it with your mouse to purchase and add the game to your Steam account.

When you’ve purchased the game, move on to your Steam Library by clicking on “Library.”

Step 4: In your Steam library, locate “Dead Rising” and right-click on it. Select “Properties,” followed by “Set launch options.”

Paste the following code into the launch options text box. This code is required to get the game to run right.

WINEDLLOVERRIDES="xaudio2_7=n,b" %command%

Step 5: Close the properties window. After that, select the blue “INSTALL” button to download and install the game onto your computer. When the game is finished installing, the blue “INSTALL” button will become a green “PLAY” button.

Click on the green “PLAY” button to enjoy Dead Rising on Linux!

Troubleshooting

Are you having issues playing Dead Rising? If so, check out the game’s ProtonDB page for help!

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How to play Metro Exodus on Linux

Metro Exodus is the third entry in the Metro franchise, a video game centered around post-apocalyptic life in Moscow subway tunnels. In this guide, we’ll show you how to play Metro Exodus on Linux.

 Metro Exodus on Linux

Metro Exodus on Linux

Metro Exodus works very well on Linux, but only with Proton’s help, a feature built into the Linux version of Steam. For this reason, we’ll need to go over how to install Steam on Linux before showing you how to play Metro Exodus.

Install Steam

To start the installation of Steam on Linux, you will need a terminal window. To open up a terminal window, press Ctrl + Alt + T on the keyboard. Or, alternatively, search for “Terminal” in the app menu and open it that way.

Once the terminal window is open and ready to go, follow along with the installation instructions down below to get the latest release of Steam working on Linux.

Ubuntu

On Ubuntu, the Steam application is easily installable with the Apt command below.

sudo apt install steam

Debian

On Debian, you must manually download the Steam DEB package to your computer so you can install the program. To download the Steam DEB package, use the following wget command below.

wget https://steamcdn-a.akamaihd.net/client/installer/steam.deb

After downloading the latest Steam DEB package to your computer, the installation of Steam can begin. Using the dpkg command below, install Steam for Linux on your Debian PC.

sudo dpkg -i steam.deb

Once the Steam DEB package is installed on your Debian system, you will need to correct any dependency issues that occurred during the installation. To fix the issues, execute the following apt-get install -f command.

sudo apt-get install -f

Arch Linux

On Arch Linux, you will be able to install Steam provided you have the “multilib” software repository enabled in the /etc/pacman.conf file. To start the installation, edit your configuration file, enable “multilib,” and update Arch. Then, use the Pacman command below to get Steam.

sudo pacman -S steam

Fedora/OpenSUSE

On both OpenSUSE and Fedora Linux, it is possible to install Steam through included software sources. However, the Flatpak release of Steam seems to work better on these operating systems. For this reason, we suggest following the Flatpak installation instructions instead.

Flatpak

To install Steam via Flatpak on Linux, you must first enable the Flatpak runtime on your computer. To enable the Flatpak runtime on your system, follow our guide on the subject

After setting up the Flatpak runtime on your computer, you must set up the Flathub app store. To set up Flathub, make use of the following flatpak remote-add command below.

flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub https://flathub.org/repo/flathub.flatpakrepo

Now that Flathub is configured, you’ll be able to install Steam via Flatpak using the command below.

flatpak install flathub com.valvesoftware.Steam

Install Metro Exodus on Linux

With Steam installed, open up the app and log in using your user account credentials. Then, follow the step-by-step instructions below to get Metro Exodus working on Linux!

Step 1: In Steam, click on the “Steam” menu. Inside the “Steam” menu, find the “Settings” option and click on it to open up the Steam settings area.

Once in the Steam settings area, find the “Steam Play” section, and click on it to access Steam Play settings. Then, check both “Enable Steam Play for supported titles” and “Enable Steam Play for all other titles.”

Step 2: Find the “STORE” button at the top of Steam, and click on it with the mouse to access the Steam Store. On the Steam Store, click on the search box, and type in “Metro Exodus,” and press the Enter key.

Look through the search results for Metro Exodus. Click on the game to go to the Metro Exodus Steam Storefront page.

Step 3: On the Metro Exodus Steam Storefront page, find the green “Add to cart” button and click on it to purchase the game. Once you’ve purchased the game, find the “LIBRARY” button, and click on it to move to your Steam Library.

Step 4: In your Steam library, look for “Metro Exodus” and click on it. Then, find the blue “INSTALL” button and click on it to download and install the game.

When the game is installed, the blue “INSTALL” button will become a green “PLAY” button. Click on it to start up the game!

Troubleshooting 

Metro Exodus has a very high rating on ProtonDB. As a result, many Linux users are finding this game works very well on Linux as of late. That said, if you’re having problems starting or running the game on your Linux system, you may want to check out the Metro Exodus ProtonDB for the latest tips and tricks to solve your issues!

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How to play Nioh 2 on Linux

Nioh 2 is the sequel to Nioh, a 2015 Action RPG. It takes place in Japan and was released on PS4, PS5, as well as Microsoft Windows. With a few tweaks, the game can run on Linux. Here’s how.

Nioh 2 on Linux

Nioh 2 working Linux

You’ll be able to play Nioh 2 on Linux, but only with the help of Proton, which comes with the official Steam for Linux client. To get started setting up Nioh 2, you’ll need to install Steam.

Install Steam

To install Steam for Linux, start by opening up a terminal window on the Linux desktop. To open up a terminal window, press Ctrl + Alt + T on the keyboard. Once the terminal window is open, use the command-line installation instructions outlined below to get the application working on the OS you use.

Ubuntu

On Ubuntu, the Steam application is easily installable via the Apt command below.

sudo apt install steam

Debian

If you’re using Debian Linux, you’ll need to download the Steam package manually to install it. To start the download, use the following wget command down below in a terminal window.

wget https://steamcdn-a.akamaihd.net/client/installer/steam.deb

With the Steam DEB package done downloading to your computer, it is time to install the package. To install the package on your computer, make use of the dpkg command down below.

sudo dpkg -i steam.deb

Finally, finish installing Steam by correcting any dependency errors that may have occurred. 

sudo apt-get install -f

Arch Linux

On Arch Linux, you’ll be able to get the latest release of Steam up and running with the Pacman command below.

sudo pacman -S steam

Fedora/OpenSUSE

If you’re using OpenSUSE or Fedora, it is possible to install Steam through their respective software repositories. However, it is our opinion that the Flatpak release of Steam works better, so please follow those instructions instead.

Flatpak

To get the Steam app working via Flatpak, you’ll need to do a few things. To start, you’ll need to set up the Flatpak runtime. To configure and set up the Flatpak runtime on Linux, follow our guide on the subject.

After setting up the Flatpak runtime on your Linux PC, the next step in the installation process is to use the remote-add command down below to set up the Flathub app store. This app store has the Steam app, so it is required.

flatpak remote-add --if-not-exists flathub https://flathub.org/repo/flathub.flatpakrepo

Once the Flathub app store is set up on your computer, use the following installation command down below to get the Steam application working.

flatpak install flathub com.valvesoftware.Steam

Install Nioh 2 on Linux

When the Steam application is set up on your Linux PC as a Flatpak, open it up by searching for it in the app menu. After that, follow along with the Step-by-step process down below to get Nioh 2 working on Linux. 

Step 1: To start, find the “Steam” menu and click on it with the mouse. Once inside of the Steam menu, find the “Settings” button, and select it. Then, click on “Steam Play” and check both  “Enable Steam Play for supported titles” and “Enable Steam Play for all other titles.”

When both boxes are checked, find the “OK” button, and select it. By selecting it, Steam will restart. When Steam is done restarting, move on to Step 2.

Step 2: Find the “STORE” button at the top of Steam and select it to go to the Store. Once on the Store, find the search box, and click on it. Then, in the search box, type in “Nioh 2” and press the Enter key.

Look through the search results and click on “Nioh 2” to go to the game’s Steam page. Once on the Steam page, look for the green “Add to cart” button to add the game to your cart and purchase it for your account.

Step 3: After purchasing the game, click on “LIBRARY” to access your Steam library. Then, locate “Nioh 2” and select it. Then, find the blue “INSTALL” button to download and install the game on your computer.

Step 4: Once the game is installed, find Nioh 2 and right-click on it with the mouse. From there, select “Properties.” Then, select “Set launch options” and paste in the code below.

PROTON_NO_ESYNC=1 

Step 5: Find the green “PLAY” button, and select it to start the game. Keep in mind that the game may take a second to start up. As the game starts up, Steam will configure it to run on Linux. Sit back and allow the game to be configured.

After the configuration is complete, you’ll be free to run Nioh 2!

Troubleshooting

Nioh 2 works pretty well on Linux. If you’re having issues playing it, be sure to check out the Nioh 2 ProtonDB page for help.

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