The original PlayStation (also called the PSX or PS1) offers a huge selection of games. The PS1 is long out of date and the games are still lots of enjoyable to play. Thankfully, if your favorite PS1 games aren’t available anymore but you are still able to enjoy them on your PC.

An PlayStation 1 emulator lets you bring your PS1 favorite games back. A emulator, a PS1 BIOS, and a classic PS1 game is all you require. Here’s how you can play PlayStation One (PS1) on your computer.

What is the Best PS1 Emulator

Emulators are a type of software you install on your computer. It lets you recreate physical hardware within a software setting at the ease of your personal computer. Emulators are able to emulate various hardware platforms.

A gaming emulator is a clone of a console that allows you to play every game, such as games like Commodore 64, an arcade gaming cabinet, an arcade gaming cabinet, a Nintendo 64, or a PlayStation 1. All this without having to buy the original console.

There are a variety of PS1 emulators to choose from. ePSXe is the best choice for performance, stability, as well as other functions. While updates can be slow, ePSXe boasts over a decade in development, making it an ideal alternative to enjoy your PS1 games once about it from Our Articles

Let’s start with ePSXe.

How to download ePSXe

The first step is to download the most recent version of ePSXe.

ePSXe does not require installation. Extract the files from the archive and launch ePSXe in the same folder.

Right-click the ePSXe download, choose your ZIP program and extract. Uncertain what an archive and an archive program is? Before moving on to this tutorial, take a look at our guide to learn how to extract files from common archives.

ePSXe will prompt you extract additional files when you begin it for the first time. Take them out, and then start the program.

ePSXe BIOS Configuration

You must complete several steps before you can play a PS1 with the ePSXe Emulator. A PlayStation 1 BIOS is required before you can play.

A BIOS is a software program that is activated every time you switch on your computer. It’s usually associated to your personal computer. The BIOS for your PlayStation 1 BIOS might be slightly different than that you use on your PC. The BIOS of the PlayStation 1 contains information about the hardware. This includes the version and manufacturing region.

ePSXe cannot run without a correct PS1 BIOS. The PlayStation 1 BIOS determines what games are available to play based on the location you’re located in (Europe, North America, Japan). There are fake PS1 BIOS files, however they’re not as effective as the real deal.

Disclaimer: There are PS1 BIOS files online. But, it’s illegal to get BIOS files directly from your PS1. You can see the following video to learn how to get rid of the PS1 BIOS. You are responsible for the contents of the PS1 BIOS.

Once you’ve cut the PS1 BIOS you’ll require to copy and paste the file into the BIOS directory. The BIOS directory is located in the ePSXe directory. Based on where you extracted your emulator the location of your ePSXe BIOS folder will be different. For example, my ePSXe BIOS folder is C:\Users\Gavin\Downloads\ePSXe205\bios.

After you have copied the BIOS archive into the correct folder, you need to remove the contents. The ZIP file cannot be read by emulators.

How to configure ePSXe

Once the BIOS has been installed, you are able to begin ePSXe.

Configuration of ePSXe Graphics

A menu will appear displaying the various graphics options and the suggestions made by the ePSXe developers team. Choose Pete’s OpenGL2 Core 2.0.0 for AMD or Nvidia graphics cards and click Config.

There are a lot of graphic options that you can set up. As you get better acquainted of how they function it is possible to alter the settings. The way you can tweak your ePSXe experience will depend on the graphics card.

Most modern computers outstrip the capabilities of the original PS1, which had the 33.0MHz CPU (yes megahertz! early 90s! 2MB RAM, 1MB VRAM. This means that computers can benefit from all the ePSXe-specific options that can be configured.

I’d suggest running the PlayStation 1 games first and after that, making any necessary adjustments. You may also want to go through our guide to video game graphics and setting. It explains how certain graphics settings affect the performance and visual effects of every game, including ePSXe.

You can make graphic adjustments right now. You will find the default options at the bottom of the options for configuration. You can choose from Fast and Nice graphics. These are the options you have when you have selected Nice graphic:

The difference between basic and nice graphics is noticeable even on game loading screens. Crash Bandicoot’s loading screen with default ePSXe graphics.

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

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

ePSXe Sound, Drive and Controller Configuration

We’ll now look at the sound configuration. It is easiest to use this as the default choice since ePSXe handles most PS1 games well.

Next, we have the CD-ROM plug-in. Continue if you are using Windows 10.

You can also set up your controllers so that they work with ePSXe. ePSXe supports several controllers in the initial setup. Click the drop-down menu in the top-right corner of the screen to select your preferred input method. You can select from keyboard, mouse and keyboard Direct Input, as well as XInput.

Select XInput if using an Xbox 360/ Xbox One controller. It will map your controller automatically. The game will perform flawlessly. You can utilize the PlayStation DualShock controller to play games. This guide will guide you on how to play with it on either a PC or Mac.

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

How do I Download PS1 Games to Windows 10

Now that ePSXe’s ready, you can select your favorite PS1 game and begin to play it up. PlayStation 1 games are easily found online. MakeUseOf cannot help you find these games. Downloading data files for games that you don’t own is considered piracy.

ePSXe has the ability to run files that use extensions such as BIN. ISO. CUE. IMG. CD. These files include disc images that include PS1 game information. You can also copy your PS1 games in the same way that you could copy a DVD onto your computer. Make sure that the output file is an ISO file or any of the other PS1 file formats that ePSXe supports. If not the PS1 games won’t load.

After you’ve got the PS1 ISO in place it is possible to load it into the ePSXe. Go to File > Run ISO and then browse to the PS1 game directory. Click on the PS1 file to begin loading. There you have it. You’re playing an PS1 Game on your Computer!


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