How to Play PlayStation1 Games on PC

The original PlayStation, also known as PSX or PS1, boasts an amazing selection of games. The PS1 is far from being updated and the games are still plenty of enjoyable to play. You can still have your PS1 games on your PC even if you don’t want to play them any more.

Your favorite PS1 games can be brought back to life by using the help of a PlayStation 1 emulator. All you need is an emulator, an PS1 BIOS, and your old PS1 games. Here’s how to play PlayStation One (PS1) games on your computer!

What is the best PS1 Emulator for You?

An emulator is a piece of software can be installed on your personal computer. You can use it to emulate physical hardware by using an application program and access all of this via your computer. Emulators can be used to emulate different hardware platforms.

A gaming emulator is a replica of a gaming console which allows you to play any game, which includes a Commodore 64, an arcade gaming cabinet, a Nintendo 64, or a PlayStation 1. All this without having to purchase the original console.

There are many PS1 Emulators available. ePSXe, however, remains the best choice in terms of performance, stability and additional features. Updates aren’t as fast but ePSXe is 10 years of development under its belt, which makes it a great option to get back into playing old PS1 games once about it from Our Articles

Let’s begin with ePSXe.

How to download ePSXe

To begin, you need to download the latest version of ePSXe.

ePSXe doesn’t require installation. You simply take the files out of the archive, and then run ePSXe directly from that same folder.

Right-click the download to select your ZIP program, and extract. Are you not sure what an archive is? Before starting this tutorial, be sure to read our guide that will explain how to extract files from archives that are commonly used.

ePSXe can require you to extract additional information when it first starts. Remove them and then launch the ePSXe.

ePSXe BIOS Configuration

There are several steps to complete before you are able to play the PS1 game in the ePSXe emulator. An PlayStation 1 Bios is necessary before anything else can be accomplished.

The BIOS (or low-level software) is installed each time your computer is booted. It is often linked to your computer. Your PlayStation 1 BIOS might be slightly different from that you use on your computer. The PS1 BIOS provides information about the PlayStation 1 hardware. It includes information such as the version, manufacturing region and the manufacturer.

ePSXe cannot run without a correct PS1 BioS. The PlayStation 1 BIOS also dictates which games you can play according to the region in which it is located (such as Europe, North America, Japan and so on). There are simulated PS1 BIOS files, but they’re not as effective as the actual one.

Disclaimer: There is a PS1 BIOS file online. However, it is illegal to obtain BIOS files directly from your PS1. This video will show you how to rip the PS1 BIOS. You rip your PS1 BIOS at your own risk.

Once you’ve extracted the PS1 BIOS file then copy the archive into the BIOS directory. You’ll find the BIOS directory inside the ePSXe folder. Based on where you extracted your emulator, the location of your ePSXe BioS folder will differ. For example, my ePSXe BIOS folder is C:\Users\Gavin\Downloads\ePSXe205\bios.

After the BIOS archives are copied into the appropriate folder, you need to extract their contents. The emulator can’t read the ZIP file, only its contents.

How to configure ePSXe

Once the BIOS is installed, you’ll be able to set-up the ePSXe.

ePSXe Graphics Configuration

A menu will appear displaying the various graphics options and the suggestions made by the ePSXe developers team. Click Config if your AMD or Nvidia graphics card is running Pete’s OpenGL2 GPU Core 2.0.0.

There are numerous choices of graphics that you can choose from. When you become more comfortable with how they work it is possible to alter the settings. The way you can tweak your ePSXe experience is dependent on your graphics card.

The capabilities of modern computer systems far surpass the capabilities of the PS1. PS1. It had an 33.0MHz processor (yes megahertz, it wasn’t in until the beginning of the 90s). 2MB RAM and 1MB of VRAM. This allows your average PC to make full use of all the configuration options available to ePSXe.

It is recommended to begin playing the PlayStation 1 version of the game you’re interested in and then alter graphics settings later. You can also consult our quick guide on setting and graphics in video games. This guide explains how graphics settings affect the performance of a game and how visual effects can be affected across all games, not just ePSXe.

There’s a quick and easy method of tweaking your graphics right now. The standard options are found in the lower-right corner. You can choose from Fast and Nice graphics. These are the changes that occur after you select Nice graphics:

The distinction between basic and nice graphics is apparent even on loading screens. This is Crash’s loading page with the default settings of ePSXe.

Here’s the Crash Bandicoot loading page with the Nice graphic options.

You can clearly see the logo and menu text. The background and game character are smoother in the second picture.

Configuration of ePSXe Drive, Sound and Controller

Now, we must change the sound settings. Because ePSXe supports most PS1 game sounds, it’s easiest to select this option as the default.

The next step is to install the CDROM plugin. You can continue in the event that Windows 10 is installed.

Then, you can setup your controllers to use with ePSXe. EPSXe is able to support multiple controllers straight out from the box. Select the drop-down menu at the upper-right corner to select your input type. You can select between a keyboard, keyboard and mouse Direct Input, as well as XInput.

Select XInput if using an Xbox 360/ Xbox One controller. The game will map your controller to play exactly in the same way as you would expect. If you are using the PlayStation DualShock controller, you can refer to this guide for instructions on how to utilize the controller on the PC (or Mac).

Also, there is an instructional guide on how to connect your DualShock controller directly to your ePSXe.

How do I Install PS1 Games on to Windows 10

After ePSXe is installed, you can choose your favorite PS1 games to fire up. PlayStation 1 games are easily accessible online. MakeUseOf will not help you find these games. It is illegal to download files with data for games that aren’t yours.

ePSXe lets you open files with extensions BIN, ISO and CUE. These files are similar to disc images that contain the PS1 data. The same procedure is used to copy the original PS1 game discs onto your computer, just like a DVD. It is essential to ensure that the output file is an ISO file or one of the other PS1 file formats that ePSXe can support. If not you’ll find that your PS1 games will not be loaded.

Once you have your PS1 ISO ready, you can load it in the ePSXe format. Start by opening File > Run ISO. After that, go to the PS1 games directory. Click on the PS1 file to start loading. This is it! You’re playing a PS1 game on your PC!