How to Play PlayStation (PS1) Games On Your PC

The original PlayStation (also called the PSX or PS1) is a fantastic variety of games. The PS1 is old-fashioned however, the games are still lots of fun to play. If your most loved PS1 games aren’t available anymore, you can still play them on your PC.

An PlayStation 1 emulator allows you to play back your favorite PS1 games. You only need an emulator as well as your PS1 BIOS, as well as your PS1 games. This is how you can play PlayStation One (PS1) on your PC.

What is the best PS1 Emulator for You?

A emulator is a component of software you install onto your computer. It lets you recreate hardware that is physically present in a computer program within the comfort of your current computer. Emulators are available to emulate a variety of platforms and hardware.

A gaming emulator reproduces the gaming console, allowing gamers to play everything from the Commodore 64 to an arcade gaming console, from a Nintendo 64 to a PlayStation 1 and all without the requirement of the original console.

There are numerous PS1 emulators. But ePSXe is the most reliable option in terms of performance as well as stability and additional features. Updates can be slow, but ePSXe has over a decade of development experience under its link website This is why it’s a good choice to start playing your old PS1 games once again.

Let’s get to work with the ePSXe.

How to download ePSXe

First of all, you need to download the latest version of ePSXe.

ePSXe is not required to install. The files are taken from the archive. EPSXe is then able to be run from that folder.

Right-click the ePSXe file, choose the ZIP program you want to extract. What is an archive? Before proceeding, you should read our guide on the best way to extract files from common archives.

If you launch ePSXe the first time, you might be presented with a prompt informing you that you need to extract other files. Extract them , and then open the ePSXe.

ePSXe BIOS Configuration

There are many steps to complete before you are able to play a PS1 game in the ePSXe emulator. Before you can play it is necessary to install a PlayStation 1 BIOS.

A BIOS is a basic software that starts when you boot your computer and is usually linked to your personal computer. The PlayStation 1 BIOS is different than the BIOS of your PC. The PS1 BIOS includes information about the PlayStation 1 hardware such as its version, the region of manufacture and more.

ePSXe cannot be used with an appropriately installed PS1 BIOS. The PlayStation 1 BIOS also dictates which games are available, according to the region in which it is located (such as Europe, North America, Japan and so on). However, the simulated PS1 bios files don’t work exactly like the real thing.

Disclaimer: Although you are able to download PS1 BIOS Files online The only legal method to download BIOS files is to rip your PlayStation’s BIOS. You can see the following video to find out how to uninstall the PS1 BIOS. You take full responsibility for your PS1 BioS.

After you have ripped your PS1 BIOS After that, you’ll need to copy and paste it to the BIOS directory. The BIOS directory will be in the ePSXe folder. Depending on where the emulator was extracted, the place of your ePSXe bios directory will differ. 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 configured, you can start setting up ePSXe.

Configuration for the ePSXe graphics

It will then open an option menu that displays various choices for graphics, as well as the suggestions from the ePSXe development team. Select Pete’s OpenGL2 core 2.0.0 for AMD or Nvidia graphics cards and select Config.

You can pick from a range of different graphics options. You can change the settings as you become more comfortable with their capabilities. How you tweak your ePSXe experience will depend on the graphics card.

The capabilities of the latest computers are far superior to the capabilities of the PS1. PS1. It was equipped with a 33.0MHz processor (yes megahertz, it wasn’t in the early 90s). 2MB RAM (and 1MB VRAM). This means that PCs can benefit from the various ePSXe configuration options.

It’s recommended to play the PlayStation 1 version of the game you want and then alter graphics settings afterward. Also, you can refer to our quick guide on setting and graphics in video games. It explains how specific graphics settings affect performance and visual effects for all games, not just ePSXe.

You can easily make graphics changes right now. The default options can be located at the bottom right corner. You can select Fast or Nice graphics. After you have selected Nice graphics These are the changes:

On loading screens, you can tell the difference between good and basic graphics. Crash Bandicoot’s loading screen using default ePSXe graphics.

This is the Crash Bandicoot loading page with the Nice graphics choices.

It is evident the logo, menu letters, background, and game character are far better in the second picture.

ePSXe Sound, Drive and Controller Configuration

Now, we need to set up the sound. It is easiest for ePSXe to make this choice default, as it handles most PS1 sound well.

The next step is to install the CDROM plugin. If you’re using Windows 10, select ePSXe CDR WNT/W2K Core 2.0.0 and proceed.

In addition, you can set your controllers to use ePSXe. The ePSXe software supports multiple controllers straight out of the box. You can choose your input type by clicking the drop-down menu located on the right-hand side of the screen. You can select between a keyboard, keyboard and mouse Direct Input, as well as XInput.

Select XInput if the controller is an Xbox 360 and Xbox One controller. The controller will be mapped to your game in a way that is automatic, and it should play without fault. This guide will assist you use your PlayStation DualShock controller on a PC/Mac.

There is also a specific instruction on connecting to a DualShock controller to ePSXe.

How do I Install PS1 Games on to Windows 10

Once ePSXe is ready, you can select your favorite PS1 game and then start it up. PlayStation 1 games are easily located online. MakeUseOf can’t help you find them. Piratery refers to downloading data files from games you do not own.

ePSXe runs files with extensions BIN (ISO, CUE), IMG, CD and a few other extensions. These files refer to disc images that contain the PS1’s game information. The same process is used to copy the original PS1 game discs onto your computer just like DVD. However, you must make sure your output file is ISO (or one of the other PS1 game formats that ePSXe accepts) otherwise your PS1 game won’t load.

When your PS1 ISO is ready it will be capable of loading it into ePSXe. Go to File > Run ISO. Navigate through the PS1 location. Select the PS1 video file and it will begin loading. It’s done! Now, you’re playing a PS1-style video game on your computer.