How to Play PlayStation (PS1) Games on PC

The first PlayStation (also called the PSX or PS1) offers a huge range of games. While the PS1 might be old, the games are still an absolute blast. You can still play your PS1 favorite games on your PC even if they’re not accessible.

An emulator for PlayStation 1 brings back your PS1 games. All you require is an emulator and an PS1 BIOS, and your older PS1 games. Here are some helpful tips to get PlayStation One (PS1) games on your PC.

What is the best PS1 Emulator to Use?

Emulators are a kind of software that you install onto your PC. It lets you reproduce physical hardware in a software environment and all through your personal computer. Emulators can be used to emulate different hardware platforms.

Gaming emulators recreate a gaming console. It lets you play anything, starting from an Commodore 64 through an arcade gaming console to a PlayStation 1 and a Nintendo 64 without ever needing to purchase the original console.

There are a variety of PS1 emulators that are available. EPSXe is still the most reliable option in terms of performance and stability as along with additional features. While updates can be slow, ePSXe is a well-rounded product that has more than a decade of can find more here from Our Articles This is a fantastic option for getting back to the fun of your PS1 games.

Let’s begin working on ePSXe.

How to download ePSXe

The first step is to download the latest version ePSXe.

There isn’t an installation procedure for ePSXe. You simply take the files out of an archive and then start ePSXe from the same folder.

Right-click the downloaded file to select the ZIP file, and then extract. What is an archive? Before you begin this tutorial, make sure to check out our guide which explains how you can extract files from common archives.

ePSXe might ask you to extract more files after you start running it. Extract the files , and then begin the ePSXe.

ePSXe BIOS Configuration

There are several steps to complete before you can play with a PS1 within the ePSXe Emulator. You’ll need the PlayStation 1 BIOS before you can play any game.

A BIOS, also known as a low-level software, is what you will see when you boot your computer. It is usually associated to your PC. Your PlayStation 1 uses a different BIOS from your PC. Your PS1 BIOS contains information relating to your PlayStation 1 hardware, such as the version, the manufacturing region, and much more.

The ePSXe will not play if you don’t have a PS1 BIOS. The PlayStation 1 BIOS determines what games can be played depending the region you’re in (Europe, North America, Japan). Although simulated PS1 BIOS files are available, they are not as trustworthy as the real thing.

Disclaimer: While you can download PS1 BIOS Files from the internet The only legal method to get BIOS Files is to rip your PlayStation’s BIOS. Watch the following video to learn how to remove your PS1 BIOS. Rip your PS1 BIOS at you own risk.

After you’ve ripped the PS1 BIOS file then transfer the archive file into the BIOS directory. The BIOS directory of your ePSXe can be found in the folder. Depending on the place 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.

Once you’ve transferred the BIOS file into the correct folder you will need to extract the contents. The ZIP file isn’t readable by the emulator. Only its contents will.

How to Configure ePSXe

Once you have the BIOS set You are now able to continue to configure ePSXe.

Configuration for the ePSXe graphics

You’ll first come to the menu with different choices for graphics, as well as the suggestions of the ePSXe development team. Select Pete’s OpenGL2 Core 2.0.0 if you have an AMD/Nvidia graphics card and click the Configure.

There are plenty of graphic options that you can set up. When you become more comfortable of how they function, you can change the settings. The graphics card determines how you can tweak the ePSXe experience.

Modern computers are capable of significantly more than the initial PS1 with its 33.0MHz CPU. (Yes, megahertz—it was in the early 1990s!) ), 2MB RAM, as well as 1MB VRAM. This means your average PC can make use of the full gamut of ePSXe graphics configuration options.

I would advise running the PlayStation 1 game you want to play first, then making adjustments to the graphics later. Our guide to setting up video game graphics is also available. It describes how specific graphics settings affect performance and visual effects for every game, not just ePSXe.

You have an easy option to adjust the graphic. The standard options are found in the lower right corner. You can select from Fast and Nice graphics. Once you’ve selected Nice graphics, here are the changes:

Even on loading screens for games the distinction in graphics between the nice and the basic can be seen. Here’s an example of the loading screen in Crash Bandicoot, which uses the default ePSXe graphic settings.

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

It’s evident that the background, logos, game characters, and menu lettering are much smoother in the second image.

ePSXe Sound and Drive Configuration

The sound configuration is now. It’s easiest to stick with this default option because ePSXe handles most PS1-related sound effectively.

Next, we have the CD-ROM plugin. Select ePSXe WNT/W2K core 2.0 if Windows 10 is your operating system. After that, you can continue.

Finally, you can configure your controllers for use with ePSXe. The ePSXe software supports multiple controllers straight from the beginning. You can select the type of input you want to use by clicking the drop-down menu that is located in the upper-right corner. You can select between keyboard or a mouse and keyboard as well as Direct Input or XInput.

Select XInput If you are you are using an Xbox 360/ Xbox One controller. It will map the controller automatically so your game should work without problems. If you’re using the PlayStation DualShock controller, check out the guide below that explains how to use a PS4 controller on your PC or Mac.

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

How to install PS1 games on Windows 10

With ePSXe now working and you are able to start your preferred PS1 video games. PlayStation 1 games are easily located on the internet. But, MakeUseOf cannot help you to locate them. Piratery refers to downloading files of data from games you don’t own.

ePSXe is able to run files that have extensions such as BIN, ISO, CUE, IMG, CD, and many more. These files are similar to disc images that hold the PS1 information. You can also rip your PS1 games in the same way as you would copy a DVD onto your computer. All you need to do is make sure your output file is ISO or another file format that ePSXe allows. If you don’t, your PS1 will not load.

Once you have your PS1 ISO ready then you can load it in the ePSXe format. Open File > Run ISO. Then, navigate to the PS1 games location. Choose the PS1 game file, and it will start loading. It’s done! You’re now playing a PS1-style game your PC.

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