The original PlayStation, also known by the PSX or the PS1 offers a broad selection of games. While the PS1 is long past its prime, games still offer a lot of enjoyment. It’s good news that if your favourite PS1 games are no longer available, you can still enjoy them on your computer.

A PlayStation 1 emulator brings your favorite PS1 games back to life. All you need to play PS1 games is an emulator as well as an PS1 BIOS. Here are the steps on how to play PlayStation One games (PS1) on your Windows PC.

What is the most effective PS1 Emulator?

Emulators are a form of software you install on your PC. It lets you replicate physical hardware with software settings, all from your existing computer. Emulators are offered for a variety of platforms and hardware types.

A gaming emulator is a replica of a console gaming system. It lets you play games from an arcade gaming machine, such as a Commodore 64 or an arcade gaming console, to the Nintendo 64 or a PlayStation 1 without the need to buy the original console.

There are a lot of PS1 emulators available. ePSXe is the most suitable choice for stability, performance and other features. While updates aren’t as fast and not as frequent as they were in the past however, its more than 10 years of development make it a great alternative for playing old PS1 titles about it from Our Articles

So, let’s get started with ePSXe.

How to download EPSXe

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

ePSXe is automatically installed. Extract the archive files, and then launch ePSXe within the same folder.

Right-click on the ePSXe file, choose the ZIP program you want to extract. Unsure what an archive and a ZIP program are? Before you begin this tutorial, take a look at our guide that explains how to extract files from common archive.

ePSXe may require users to extract additional data at the time you start it. Extract them, then fire up the program.

ePSXe BIOS Configuration

You have to go through a series of steps before you can play a PS1 with the ePSXe Emulator. Before anything else can take place it is necessary to install an PlayStation 1 BIOS.

A BIOS (or low-level software) is installed whenever your computer is booted. It’s typically associated with your computer. The BIOS for your PlayStation 1 BIOS might be slightly different from the one you use on your PC. Your PS1 BIOS has information on your PlayStation 1 hardware such as its version, the region of manufacture, etc.

The ePSXe game will not work without a correct PS1 BioS. The PlayStation 1 BIOS determines what games can be played depending on the location you’re located in (Europe, North America, Japan). These simulated PS1 BioS files aren’t as good as the real one.

Disclaimer: Although you are able to download PS1 BIOS Files online The only way legal to download BIOS files is to extract your PS1’s BIOS. The following video will demonstrate how to extract the PS1 BIOS. If you decide to rip your PS1 BIOS at your own risk.

When you’ve ripped your PS1 BIOS After that, you’ll have to copy and paste it to the BIOS directory. The BIOS directory of your ePSXe is located in the folder. Depending on the location you extracted your emulator the place of your ePSXe BIOS folder will be different. For example, my ePSXe BIOS folder is C:\Users\Gavin\Downloads\ePSXe205\bios.

Once you’ve copied the BIOS file into the correct folder, you’ll need to extract its contents. The ZIP file cannot be read by the emulator.

How do I set up ePSXe?

After the BIOS has been installed, you will be able to continue setting-up the ePSXe.

The configuration for the ePSXe graphics

The first menu will display various options for graphics, along with the suggestions from the ePSXe development team. If you have an AMD or Nvidia graphics card, click Pete’s OpenGL2 GPU core 2.0.0 and then click Config.

You can set up a variety of graphic options. As time passes, you will be able to alter your settings as you become more comfortable with how they work. The graphics card is the primary factor that determines how you can tweak the ePSXe experience.

Most modern computers outstrip the capabilities of the first PS1 that had the 33.0MHz CPU (yes megahertz! 1990s! ) 2MB RAM and 1MB VRAM. The complete range of ePSXe options can be utilized by a standard PC.

It is best to first play the PlayStation 1 game that you are interested in, then make any graphics adjustments in the future. Furthermore, you could also look over our quick tutorial on video game graphics and setting. This guide will explain how settings for graphics can impact performance and visual effects across all games, not just ePSXe.

There’s a quick and easy method to alter your graphics right now. The default options are available in the lower right corner. You can select Fast graphics or Nice graphics. Here are the options after you select Nice graphic:

It is obvious that the loading screens for games have different graphics than the ones with better graphics. This is Crash Bandicoot’s loading screen using the default graphics from ePSXe.

Here’s another Crash Bandicoot loading screen with the Nice Graphics options:

It’s evident that the background, logos game characters, as well as the menu’s letters are much more smooth in the second image.

ePSXe Sound Drive, Controller and Controller Configuration

We’ll now look at the sound configuration. Because ePSXe supports most PS1 game sounds, it’s easiest to make this setting default.

The next step is the CDROM plug-in. Select ePSXe WNT/W2K core 2.0 in the event that Windows 10 is your operating system. After that, you can continue.

You can also configure your controllers so they’re compatible with ePSXe. ePSXe can support multiple controllers straight out of the box. Select the drop-down menu at the upper-right corner to select the type of input you want to use. You can choose between a keyboard or a mouse and keyboard along with Direct Input or XInput.

Select XInput to indicate if your controller is an Xbox 360 and Xbox One controller. The game will automatically map your controller and play in the same way as you would expect. For those who use the PlayStation DualShock controller, you are able to refer to this tutorial for instructions on how you can utilize the controller on the PC (or Mac).

The guide also includes directions on connecting a DualShock to an ePSXe.

How to get PS1 Games onto Windows 10

With ePSXe now up to go, you can choose your favorite PS1 games and power them up. PlayStation 1 games are easily located online. But, MakeUseOf cannot help you find the games. It is not legal to download data files from games that are not yours.

ePSXe runs files with extensions BIN (ISO, CUE), IMG, CD and some other extensions. These files contain disc images that include PS1 game information. You can also copy your PS1 games in the same way that you might transfer a DVD to your computer. If you wish to allow your PS1 to load with the output file, make sure the output file is in ISO or other compatible file format.

After you’ve got the PS1 ISO set up then you can load it into the ePSXe. Navigate to File > Run ISO. Navigate through the PS1 location. Select the PS1 file to start loading. This is it. You’re now playing the PS1 game on your computer!


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