Chinese “MP5” PSP Clone: What to expect, and tips and tricks

Chinese PSP MP5 Game Player2

I picked up one of those chinese portable gaming/video/music/camera handhelds super cheap at Swedish eBay, just out of curiosity. These units come under a variety of name such as “X6” etc and can be bought on Amazon, Wish, Ali Express etc. They are a slightly more advanced variant than the small “Gameboys” bundled with a number of NES games. In this post I will write about what the unit can do and not do, as well as some tips and tricks I learnt on the way. It should be noted that I am not quite sure of the age of my unit, although it resembles the one I’ve seen reviewed on Youtube etc. Hence, newer versions might support additional features.

As for specifications, I am not sure what CPU architecture this device is built on. The information on the box is rather sparse, other than stating that the unit has 8 gb of storage space and a 480×272 QVGA TFT color screen. I will look into this later, and update the post.

The first thing I noticed that it was not entirely intiutive how to turn the device on: it seemed like the power button only worked when the charger was connected. However, turning the unit on is a two-step process: first, flip the side-switch to “on”, and then hold the “start” button.

Chinese PSP MP5 Game Player

The device has a good “feel” to it, and the buttons are responsive. The screen is clear and bright. The device is rather lightweight, and has a nice design stolen from the Playstation Portable 🙂 I have seen some concerns in prior reviews that the d-pad is not responsive in 8 directions, so it might not be suitable for fighting games.

If we start with some basic functions before we go into gaming / emulation, we can conclude that this is not a device that will satisfy your need for taking pictures or playing high definition video. Below is a sample of how the camera (under)performs outside in good lightning. The camera should also be able to serve as a PC camera, however I do not think it would be useful for a Skype business meeting in 2019 🙂

Chinese PSP MP5 player sample camera picture

As for video playback, I tried some different video formats such as MP4 and AVI but without success. The only thing I got working was a 480×270 WMV clip. The “MP5” in the name of some of these units does not refer to any known format. On the enclosed CD is some sort of MP4 encoder, which supposedly converts video files to a suitable format for this device. Audio playback of MP3’s works as intended. The FM radio did not find any channels during the auto search. I did not try the AV out function since I see very little point in connecting a low-end handheld unit to my TV.

Chinese PSP MP5 Game Player3

The device includes basic tools such as calendar, calculator, stopwatch, a voice recorder and a “library”, which I suppose read text files / e-books of some sort.

Let us get on to the gaming section. The device comes with a number of included games in different versions. I think they are mainly gba games. A number of NES games can also be found on the enclosed CD.

As per emulation, I have tried a number of roms from different systems on the device, and these are my experiences so far:

NES: Many games play really smooth with minimal lag during side scrolling. If I would use this unit for one thing only, it would be NES emulation. Super Mario Bros 1,2,3 all run fine, with the occassional glitch. Make sure to use US/NTSC version of roms, EU/PAL roms run to fast.

NES SMB2 emulation

Super NES: There seems to be some problem with the emulator making all roms, both PAL and US / JAP run to fast. You notice this problem immediatelly in the title screen, when the music is playing way to fast. Sadly, this makes the games unplayable.

Gameboy: Interestingly, the side scrolling in, for example, Super Mario Land 1 and 2, is a bit jerky. It is playable, but a bit annoying. Non-fast scrolling games are fine though.

GB SML2 emulation

Gameboy advance: Suprisingly, GBA games often run smoother than the original GB games. Many titles run very good. So, after NES emulation, I would say this is another good use for this device!

Master System / Game Gear: I did not get any of these roms to run.

Mega Drive / Genesis: Games run ok, but as with the Gameboy, fast scrolling games are a bit jerky. Sadly, this includes the Sonic the Hedgehog series, which is a big reason why we want to emulate SEGA’s 16-bit machine.

These are the machines I’ve tried so far. I’ve seen people playing PSX games in a rather slow manner on certain units, but I have not tried this so far. Will give it a shot another day.

How to transfer games to the MP5?

To transfer games to your device, you simply connect it to your computer through the USB-cable, create some folders (see picture below), and drag your roms there. Then, go into Game Centre on you device, and choose Games on Demand. There, you will find your transferred roms. The device allows for saving and loading state which is a really nice feature.

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Chinese PSP MP5 Game Player4
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To summarize this post, the chinese MP5 PSP clone works best as a NES / GBA emulator. Non-fast moving games for Mega Drive / Genesis / Gameboy also works good. However, SNES emulation on this particular device is way to buggy. The device may also be ok to use as an MP3-player. However, it is unlikely that you will find it useful for taking photos or playing videos.

See also: Chinese GBA 369-in-1 multicart: what to expect.

67 Comments

  1. Rodrigue

    Hello,

    I have exactly the same psp mp5 and my gba games run well but in a little square in the midle of my screen. I mean like it works but not in full screen. Is it the same for you ?

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    1. Dreamcast (Post author)

      For full screen: In game, press select, options, display mode – full screen.

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  2. Metro City

    we can found online firmware update? thanks

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    1. Dreamcast (Post author)

      Hi! I have not found any sources for downloading and updating the firmware online

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      1. gauss

        so i cann’t update firmware? I’ve trouble with my console. It freezes and not working good.

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        1. Dreamcast (Post author)

          I am afraid it is not possible to update the firmware on these units.

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  3. Molly

    My one I just got it and I played it for a little and then it died but it’s been charging for a while and it’s not turning on or off

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    1. Dreamcast (Post author)

      Did you try to flip the switch to “on”, followed by pressing the start button?

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      1. Molly

        Done that and it’s still not working

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        1. Maria NILSSON

          I have same problem whats wrong

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  4. Clarence

    Do you know if there is any way possible to use this as a controller for a pc?

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    1. Dreamcast (Post author)

      No, you cannot use the unit as an usb controller.

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  5. aaronmbuzi

    Is it possible to change the consoles firmware ?

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    1. Dreamcast (Post author)

      In theory it should be possible. I have tried to look for information about this online, without success.

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  6. sans6271

    can you run some form of windows or some other program on this console?

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    1. Dreamcast (Post author)

      No.

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      1. sans6271

        so what can you do with it, besides what it can already do?

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        1. Dreamcast (Post author)

          Per definition, nothing 🙂

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  7. Fredd

    Hur fick du emulatorn till Gameboy Advance att funka?
    Var laddade du ner den?

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    1. Dreamcast (Post author)

      Skapa en katalog som heter “GBA” under mappen “GAME” när du kopplat din enhet till datorn via USB. Dra sedan de spel du (lagligt) laddat ner till den mappen, så syns de när du går in på Game Centre -> Games on Demand.

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  8. Julian

    Can i change the controls?

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    1. Dreamcast (Post author)

      Yes, for example in the NES emulator, when you click the game, goto OPTION -> KEYBOARD MAPPING.

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      1. Julian

        which key i press to change them?

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        1. Dreamcast (Post author)

          Ah, I see now that this option actually only shows the mappings of the buttons/key, but it does not seem let you change them.

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  9. Ola

    Can nds games run on it

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    1. Dreamcast (Post author)

      No.

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  10. Senaida

    My screen is white, what do I do?

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    1. mario

      turn it on and of maybe

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  11. mario

    maybe turn it on and of
    and also what do you use to update the firmware please

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    1. Dreamcast (Post author)

      Sadly, I have not found any information about how to update the firmware on these units.

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  12. Debbie

    Hi! I got this one but doesn’t open.. i thought battery ran out and i tried to charge it but still nothing. Is it dead??

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    1. Dreamcast (Post author)

      When turning the unit on, switch the power switch to “ON” and hold down “START”. If it does not take charge you might have a faulty unit.

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  13. Bollohan

    Is there anyway to run ps1 games on this, I have the x6 version, but the OS looks the same.
    I want to play Tomba! A ps1 game I played as a kid and loved. Any help would be appreciated.

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    1. Dreamcast (Post author)

      It is possible to play Playstation 1 games by adding an image file (bin/cue or iso I think) file of your PS1 game to the X6 unit. However, PS1 emulation will be very slow so the experience will likely be rather poor I am afraid.

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      1. X6FAN

        why does it say invalid file format when i play ps1 with bin format?

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  14. Bill

    Will it run MAME games?

    If so, how?

    Thanks

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    1. Dreamcast (Post author)

      No, it won’t run any arcade games as far as I know.

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  15. Michael Papi

    I just got one of these and on all the games (Sega or SNES) some control, usually jump, does not work. Any idea on how to fix, or should I get my own ROMS on there?

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    1. Dreamcast (Post author)

      Does this problem occur if you use your own roms on it as well?

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      1. Michael Papi

        No. I am only using games included for now. I am new to this and have not attempted to load my own yet. I think it is only the Sega games..

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        1. Dreamcast (Post author)

          Ah ok. I actually did not play the built-in games much on this device. I mainly used it to add my own roms.

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  16. Jr

    I have the x6 I have charged it and everything but I turn it on and only thing comes on is blue and red light but no screen even if I hold the start button

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    1. Dreamcast (Post author)

      Try the other way around: turn it on, and then press the start button. While doing so, the blue light on my unit flickers slightly, and it turns on.

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  17. rui21

    I have X7, do you know early turn on stuck logo street fighter, I push reset true stuck logo street fighter, any idea ? I think must flash or install sistem, how ?I don’t have solution

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    1. Dreamcast (Post author)

      I don’t know of any way to flash or update the firmware, sorry.

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  18. drexfer

    i have a question. can i delete all the games and leave the options jus for videos?

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    1. Dreamcast (Post author)

      I don’t think you can remove the hard-coded games. However, I would not use this device as a movie viewer as it requires re-coding of most video files to a special format.

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  19. Vinnie Martinelli

    Does anyone know what rom set the “arcade” games that come with the console are??? They seem to be Neo Geo, but I can’t get any Neo Geo roms to work on the console. I keep getting the “invalid file format” message. If I could get the Metal Slug and King of Fighters games to work on this console it would make it really useful. I have tried Neo Geo roms from a ton of sites and none work, anyone know which ones come with the console??

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    1. Dreamcast (Post author)

      The built in games are Gameboy Advance roms. You cannot emulate Neo Geo on this device.

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      1. GollumOnDrugs

        I have one with a set of around 300 Mame ROMS (Including NEO-GEO), NES, SNES and GBA games as per standard. I tried adding more arcade (MAME) Roms but it won’t load them. So sad. Maybe needs to be a specific ROM version?

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        1. Dreamcast (Post author)

          I had some success with Capcom Play System roms on another unit that supported arcade games. Try e.g. Captain Commando or similar rom.

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  20. SA

    CPS 1 OR 2 ?

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    1. Dreamcast (Post author)

      Try CPS 1, with Captain Commando.

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  21. Fraster

    My battery kinda bloated, just noticed after left it around decade ago… Think we can replace the battery??

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    1. Dreamcast (Post author)

      Yes, as long as you replace it with a battery with identical voltage. You might need to solder the wires from the new battery in place. I have not checked which type of battery resides in my unit.

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  22. Brandon Green

    I tried running pokemon games on it, some are stuck on a white screen while others return the error “Invalid file format”. Also it does not seem to recognise Pokemon Red(GB game) and Pokemon Crystal(GBC) at all.
    (My device seems to be the same as the one shown in this blog).

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    1. Dreamcast (Post author)

      Gameboy emulation on these devices is surprisingly shake it seems.

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      1. Brandon Green

        Even GBA pokemon games won’t run on these (White screen)
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        p.s. Wow, I did not expect you to reply on a 3 year old post

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  23. Norbert

    Hallo,
    ich habe den MP X7 und möchte einige Mega Drive Rom’s darauf installieren. Muss ich einen extra Emulator (und welcher ?) darauf installieren ?
    Danke für eure Hilfe
    Einen schönen Tag noch.
    Norbert

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    1. Dreamcast (Post author)

      Hallo (apologizes in advance for my poor German). Um MD-Spiele auf Ihrem Gerät zu spielen, kopieren Sie die Roms in einen “SMD”-Ordner. MD-Spiele sind auf dem X7 etwas langsam, aber funktionieren. Sie müssen keinen zusätzlichen Emulator installieren.

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  24. X6FAN

    can you help me play ps1 games on x6 console? it says invalid game format when i press the bin file

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  25. gauss

    Hi,
    I’ve problems with my x6 console. It freezes on starts or during the games. I must turn it off and on to start it again. It’s useless. Any idea what should I do it with it. Throw it in the trash?

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  26. Reuben

    Hi, I also have this portable console. Whit respect to the games of Sega master system and game gear it does support the PSP X6 but you need convert the ROMS of SMS/GG to the format of GBA through a program called “SMSAdvance” wich also support SG-1000 games. the games of SMS/GG/SG-1000 run to 100% without problem.

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    1. Dreamcast (Post author)

      Thank you for this information, I will try it for sure!

      Reply
  27. Chingching

    Can i add psp game and ps2 into my x7 plus?

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    1. Dreamcast (Post author)

      No.

      Reply
  28. Ching ching

    Can i add a psp or ps2 game on my x7 plus?if so, how?

    Reply

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