If you are looking for free games to download to your PSP, then the first place you should check is the official Sony Playstation website, www.playstation.com. The official website features a Media and Downloads section where you can get videos, music, wallpapers, and playable game demos for your PSP. Note that I wrote “game demos” as the full games are not available for download. However, the game demos do have play value and allow you to basically test drive a game for a few levels, though to complete it you would eventually have to buy the full commercial version of it.
Another way to find free game demos for download is to check your favorite game publisher’s site. The game publisher will most likely publish news and updates that will inform you when a new game demo is available to be downloaded. You can also check out PSP discussion forums, such as the official PSP community at yourpsp.com. I have found that an excellent site for discovering the latest PSP rumors and definitely a great place to find information about available game demos.
But what if you are looking for free games to download that are not demos? That may be difficult, for as far as I can tell, none of the official game developers are offering a full game as a free download at this time. All of the other ways I could find to download free PSP games were of doubtful legitimacy. For example, there are torrent sites that publish lists of links to active torrents that will allow you to download a PSP game from the torrent network. While some of the torrents are legitimate downloads, others are bootleg or pirated versions, and you should try to determine which is the case. It is not legal to download a pirated copy of a game, and furthermore, you run the risk of downloading a trojan or a virus with it to your PSP. Some of these trojans are “brickers” that essentially destroy your PSP and turn it into nothing more than a glorified brick.
You may also be able to download free games that are actually homebrew programs. As the name implies, these homebrew games are created by unofficial developers and as such, they are not recognized by Sony. If you want to play these types of games, you will have to make modifications to your PSP’s configuration. That can be a very complicated procedure, and you should not attempt it if you do not know what you are doing. It seems like a great deal of trouble just to play a few games that were developed by homebrew designers.
Finally, there are a number of websites that offer free downloads of games, but a closer examination of these sites will show that you have to pay a membership fee to gain access to the game downloads. So you are certainly not getting a free lunch. It is also hard to tell how legitimate these sites are. They look suitably advanced and flashy, but you still ought to be wary. Some may indeed be legitimate, but others may merely be purporting to offer legitimate downloads. If you do decide to go this route, shop around and see which site has the best deal to offer you.