There are lots of different emulators available which allow you to play console games on mobile devices. One such emulator is an application called ‘Provenance’, which allows you to play both PlayStation One and Nintendo 64 games on iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.
Provenance isn’t the kind of app that you can just download from the App Store. Because of this, the easiest way to download Provenance onto your iOS device is with an enterprise certificate. With this, you can install the app through Safari. The only downside of this is that these certificates can often get revoked, meaning the app will need to be re-downloaded in order to regain functionality (more on this later).
Requirements & Notes:
- This does not require a jailbroken device.
- This does not require a computer.
- This app is signed and can be revoked at any time by Apple. If this happens the app will start to crash. To fix this re-download the app and try again. If this does not fix the issue then try again in a few days.
- DISCLAIMER: You should only download ROMS for games you own a physical copy of. Downloading ROMS for games which you do not own is piracy, and you do so at your own risk.
- Navigate to this page on your iOS device (must be with Safari). Tap on the button in the middle of the page labelled ‘Install AppValley’ (not the VIP version).
- You should get a pop-up asking you if you want to install the AppValley app on your device. Tap on the ‘Install’ button, and the app should begin to install on your device like a normal app store application.
- Once the app has been installed it will not open due to an untrusted enterprise developer error. To solve this open the Settings app and navigate to General>Device Management
- Tap one of the menus on this page until you find the one containing AppValley. Tap ‘Trust’ twice and the app will become trusted.
- Open the AppValley app, then tap the ‘Search’ button at the bottom. In here type ‘Provenance’ into the search box, which should show you the blue Provenance application.
- Tap on the ‘GET’ button next to Provenance, which should bring you to the apps install page.
- On the install page, tap the ‘GET‘ button next to the icon. A pop-up should appear asking if you want to install the app. Tap on ‘Install‘. It should now begin installing like a normal app store app.
- Once the app has been installed it might not open due to an untrusted enterprise developer error (if it does open, skip this step). To solve this open the Settings app and navigate to General>Device Management
- Tap one of the menus on this page until you find the one containing the Provenance app you downloaded. Tap ‘Trust’ twice and the app will become trusted.
- You should now be able to open and use the Provenance app on your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad.
- Since this app is installed using an enterprise certificate, it could get revoked at any time. This means that the app will no longer be able to be opened. To fix this, simply re-download the app using the above steps once the certificate has been updated.
Downloading the PlayStation BIOS
- Install the ‘ZipApp Free’ application from the App Store.
- Using Safari on your iOS device, navigate to this page to download the PlayStation BIOS files. Click the ‘Download’ button, then either tap ‘Open in ZipApp Free’, or tap ‘More…’ followed by ‘Copy to ZipApp Free’.
- ZipApp Free will open and prompt you to extract the ZIP files contents. Tap ‘Yes’ to extract the BIOS files.
- Open the new folder called ‘PS-BIOS’. For each of the three files, tap and hold on them, then tap ‘Open In…’. Next, tap ‘Copy to ZipApp Free’, which should redirect you to the Provenance app. Once this is done for all three files, you should check that all were copied over successfully using the ‘Files’ app built into iOS 11. Once in the Files app, navigate to ‘On My iPhone -> Provenance -> BIOS -> com.provenance.psx’.
- If all three files are in this folder, then everything should work correctly. However, if any of them are missing, go back to ZipApp free, tap and hold on the missing file(s), then tap ‘Open In…’. Next, tap ‘Save to Files’, and save it in ‘On My iPhone -> Provenance -> BIOS -> com.provenance.psx’.
- Navigate to any PlayStation One ROM website (click here for some examples) in Safari.
- Find a game you want to download, then follow the links until you find the direct download link.
- Tap on the download link, and the ROM will begin to download. This may appear as though the page to taking a long time to load, however, this just means the ROM is downloading, so don’t cancel it or close out Safari.
- Once the ROM has downloaded, you will be prompted to select an app to open it in. If the option is there, DON’T tap ‘Open in Provenance’, as this will not work. Instead, tap the ‘More…’ button, followed by ‘Copy to Provenance’.
- The ROM will be extracted and should appear in your game library once done.
- Tap on the game in your library and you should be able to play it!