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What are CSO files and how to open them

Are you having problems opening a CSO file or are you simply curious about its contents? We're here to explain the properties of these files and provide you with software that can open or handle your CSO files.

What is a CSO file?

CSO files have multiple uses, and Compressed ISO Disk Image is one of them. Read more about the other uses further down the page.

Compressed ISO Disk Image

Files containing the .cso file extension are compressed image files that are most commonly used to archive games designed for use on the Playstation PSP portable gaming system. The CSO file format was the first compression method for ISO file purposes.

The CSO files are saved in an ISO disk image format and may contain up to nine levels of compression. It is important to note that the more compression a CSO file has, the longer it will take for the disk image to load. This can significantly impact the user's gameplay or computing experience.

How to open CSO files

Important: Different programs may use files with the CSO file extension for different purposes, so unless you are sure which format your CSO file is, you may need to try a few different programs.

While we have not verified the app ourselves yet, our users have suggested a single CSO opener which you will find listed below.

Last updated: January 16, 2023

All known file formats using extension .CSO

While Compressed ISO Disk Image is a popular type of CSO-file, we know of 2 different uses of the .CSO file extension. Different software may use files with the same extension for different types of data.

DirectX Compiled Shader Object

We know that one CSO format is DirectX Compiled Shader Object. We have not yet analyzed in detail what these files contain and what they are used for. We're working on it.

Various apps that use files with this extension

These apps are known to open certain types of CSO files. Remember, different programs may use CSO files for different purposes, so you may need to try out a few of them to be able to open your specific file.

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