How to Play PlayStation (PS1) Games on Your PC

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The first PlayStation (also known as the PSX or PS1) is a fantastic selection of games. The PS1 is far from being updated and the games are still lots of enjoyable to play. If your PS1 favourite games aren’t available anymore, you can still play them on a PC.

Your favorite PS1 games are brought back by using an PlayStation 1 emulator. A PC emulator, PS1 BIOS, and your original PS1 game is all you need. Here are some suggestions to get PlayStation One (PS1) games on your PC.

What is the Best PS1 Emulator

Emulator software is an application that you install on your computer. It lets you reproduce physical hardware within a software environment, all from your comfort zone of an current computer. Emulators can emulate a range of platforms and hardware.

A gaming emulator can be used to replicate the gaming console. You can play everything including the Commodore 64 console to an arcade gaming console to a PlayStation 1 console, and even the Nintendo 64 console.

There are numerous PS1 emulators. ePSXe continues to be the most reliable option in terms of performance and stability, as in addition to other features. Updates aren’t as fast however, ePSXe is a decade of development under its link website This is why it’s a good choice to get back into playing old PS1 games again.

Let’s begin with ePSXe.

How do I download EPSXe

In the beginning, you’ll need to download the most current version.

There is no installation process for ePSXe. Extract the files , and then start ePSXe from the same folder.

Right-click the downloaded ePSXe and select the ZIP file and extract. Not sure what an archive or a ZIP program is? Learn how to extract documents from common archives prior to continuing with this tutorial.

ePSXe can ask users to extract additional data when it first starts. Extract them, then fire up ePSXe.

ePSXe BIOS Configuration

There are a few steps to be followed before you can use the ePSXe emulator to play the PS1 title. The PlayStation 1 BIOS is required before you can play.

A BIOS is a low-level software that begins at the moment you start your computer and is usually connected to your PC. The PlayStation 1 uses a different BIOS from your PC. The BIOS of your PlayStation 1 contains information related to the PlayStation 1 hardware.

The ePSXe will not run without a proper PS1 BIOS. The PlayStation 1’s BIOS determines what games are played, based on the region it is located in (Europe, North America or Japan). However, simulated PS1 bios files aren’t exactly like the actual ones.

Disclaimer: While there is a wealth of PS1 BIOS files online, the only way to obtain BIOS files is to extract the BIOS of your current PS1. For information on how to extract your PS1’s BIOS take a look at the video below. It is not allowed to rip the PS1 BIOS without permission.

Once you’ve extracted the PS1 BIOS file then transfer the archive file to the BIOS directory. The BIOS directory is located within the ePSXe directory. The place of your ePSXe BIOS folder depends on where you extracted the emulator. For example, my ePSXe BIOS folder is C:\Users\Gavin\Downloads\ePSXe205\bios.

Once you’ve copied the BIOS archive in the proper folder, you need to remove the contents. The ZIP file cannot be read by an emulator, but it can be read by its contents.

How to set up an ePSXe

After the BIOS is in place Once the BIOS is in place, you can set up ePSXe.

The configuration for ePSXe Graphics

The first menu will display various options for graphics, along with the suggestions of the ePSXe developer team. Select Pete’s OpenGL2 core 2.0.0 when you have an AMD/NVidia graphics card. Then click the Configure.

There are plenty of graphics options you can set up. You can change the settings over time as you get more familiar with their capabilities. The graphics card determines how you can alter the ePSXe experience.

The majority of modern computers exceed the capabilities of the original PS1, which had a 33.0MHz CPU (yes megahertz! It was in the 1990s! 2MB RAM and 1MB VRAM. This means that your typical PC will be able to use the entire array of ePSXe’s graphics configuration options.

I’d recommend using the PlayStation 1 game you want to play firstbefore making tweaks to the graphics later. Our quick guide to videogame graphics and settings is worth checking out. It describes how graphics settings impact the performance of games, visual effects, as well as other aspects that affect all games.

There’s a simple method of tweaking your graphics now. The default options can be found in the bottom-right corner. You have the option to choose Fast or Nice graphics. Below are the changes you can expect when you choose Nice graphics:

Even on loading screens you can tell the difference between basic and nice graphics. This is the loading screen for Crash Bandicoot using the default settings for the ePSXe.

And here’s the exact Crash Bandicoot loading screen using the Nice graphics options:

As you can see, the logo and background are smoother than the first image.

ePSXe Sound, Drive and Controller Configuration

We now need to configure the sound. Since ePSXe supports most PS1 game sounds, it’s easiest to select this option as the default.

We’ll then look at the CD-ROM plugin. It’s possible to continue using it if Windows 10 is installed.

You can also set up your controllers to ensure that they are compatible with the ePSXe. ePSXe is compatible with multiple controllers directly from the box. Select the drop-down menu at the top-right corner of the screen to select your input type. You can select from keyboard, mouse and keyboard, Direct Input, and XInput.

Select XInput to indicate if your controller is an Xbox 360 and Xbox One controller. It will map the controller automatically, so that your game will work without problems. This guide will help you to use the PlayStation DualShock controller on a Mac or PC.

There’s also a detailed guide to connect the DualShock controller to ePSXe.

How to Install PS1 Games on Windows 10

Now that ePSXe is ready, you can pick your top PS1 games and power them up. PlayStation 1 games may be downloaded on the internet. MakeUseOf cannot assist you locate them. Piratery refers to downloading data files from games that you do not own.

ePSXe lets you open files with extensions BIN, ISO and CUE. These files are linked to disc images that contain the PS1 game’s data. You can also rip your PS1 games in the same way that you could copy a DVD onto your computer. Make sure that your output file is an ISO file or one of the other PS1 formats that ePSXe supports. If not, your PS1 games won’t load.

After you’ve got the PS1 ISO in place, you are able to load it up into the ePSXe. Click on File > Run ISO. Next, browse to the PS1 games location. It will then load the PS1 game file. You’ve got it. You’re now playing the PS1 game on your computer!

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