The original PlayStation (also known as the PSX or PS1) offers a huge selection of games. Although the PS1 is long past its prime, games offer plenty of enjoyment. Thankfully, if your favorite PS1 games aren’t available anymore however, you can still enjoy them on your computer.

An PlayStation 1 emulator allows you to bring back your favourite PS1 games. You’ll need an emulator and an PS1 BIOS (or the old PS1 games) as well as a PS1 emulator. Here’s how you can play PlayStation One (PS1) on your PC.

What is the best PS1 Emulator

An emulator is a component of software that you install onto your computer. It lets you recreate physical hardware in software settings, all on your computer. Emulators are available on a wide range of hardware platforms.

A gaming emulator recreates a gaming console, allowing users to play games ranging from the Commodore 64 to an arcade gaming console, from a Nintendo 64 to a PlayStation 1 All without the requirement of the original console.

There are a variety of PS1 emulators. EPSXe, however, is the best option for speed, stability, and other features. Updates can be slow however, ePSXe has over 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

First, you will need to download the most recent version.

ePSXe does not require installation. Extract the archive files Then, launch ePSXe within the same folder.

Click on the Download ePSXe icon, right-click it, select the ZIP program you want to use, and then Extract. Are you unsure of what an archive and a ZIP program are? Before continuing with this tutorial, please read our guide for extracting files from the most common archives.

ePSXe could ask you to extract another files when you open it up for the first-time. Extract the files , and then begin the ePSXe.

ePSXe BIOS Configuration

You have to go through a series of steps before you can play with a PS1 in the ePSXe Emulator. A PlayStation 1 Bios is necessary before anything else can be accomplished.

The BIOS is lower-level software that starts when you boot your computer and is usually connected to your personal computer. The PlayStation 1 BIOS is different from the one on your computer. The BIOS on your PlayStation 1 contains information about the hardware. This includes the model and the manufacturing region.

ePSXe cannot run without a proper PS1 BioS. The PlayStation 1 BIOS also dictates what games are available according to the region in which it is located (such as Europe, North America, Japan, and others). Although simulated PS1 BIOS files are in existence however, they’re not as reliable as the actual one.

Disclaimer: There is a PS1 BIOS files available on the internet. However, it is illegal to download BIOS files directly from your PS1. To find out how to rip your PS1’s BIOS, watch the video below. You must not copy the PS1 BIOS without your consent.

After you’ve ripped the PS1 BIOS file, you must copy the archive into the BIOS directory. The BIOS directory will be in your ePSXe Folder. The place of your ePSXe BIOS folder depends on where you extracted the emulator. For example, my ePSXe BIOS folder is C:\Users\Gavin\Downloads\ePSXe205\bios.

Once you have placed the BIOS archive in the correct folder, you need to extract the contents. The ZIP file is not readable by emulators.

How do I set up an ePSXe

After the BIOS has been installed, you can start ePSXe.

ePSXe Graphics Configuration

A menu will be displayed that displays the various graphics options and the suggestions made by the ePSXe developers team. If you have an AMD or Nvidia graphics card, click Pete’s OpenGL2 GPU core 2.0.0 and click Config.

There are a variety of graphics options that you could pick from. Once you are more comfortable with the settings, you can adjust them over time. The graphics card you use will determine how you adjust your ePSXe experience.

Modern computers can do significantly higher speeds than the original PS1 which had a 33.0MHz CPU. (Yes, megahertz—it was in the early 1990s!) 2MB RAM and 1MB VRAM. The entire selection of ePSXe features can be used by a typical PC.

It’s best to start with the PlayStation 1 version of the game you’re interested in, and then adjust the graphics settings in the future. It is also possible to refer to our short 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 in all games, not just ePSXe.

It is easy to make graphic changes right now. The default options are found in the lower right corner. You have the option of choosing between Fast and Nice graphics. After you have selected Nice graphics, here are the changes:

Even on game loading screens the difference in the graphics between the good and the basic can be seen. Here’s an example the loading screen in Crash Bandicoot, which uses the default ePSXe graphic settings.

This is the Crash Bandicoot loadingscreen with the Nice graphics options.

You can see that the logo, menu letters, background, and game character are much smoother in the second image.

ePSXe Sound & Driver and Controller Configuration

Now for the sound configuration. It is easiest to leave this as the default setting since ePSXe handles the majority of PS1 games well.

The next step is to install the CD-ROM software. Continue if you are using Windows 10.

Finally, you can configure your controllers for use with the ePSXe. ePSXe comes with several controllers. To select which type of input you prefer choose the drop-down list in the top right corner. You can select between keyboard, keyboard and mouse or Direct Input.

Select XInput if you are using the Xbox 360/ Xbox One controller. It will map your controller automatically and the game should be able to run with no issues. If you’re using a PlayStation DualShock controller, check out the following guide explaining how to play with the PS4 controller on the PC or Mac.

Also, there is an instruction manual that shows how to connect your DualShock controller directly to your ePSXe.

How to download PS1 Games to Windows 10

Once ePSXe is working it is possible to play your preferred PS1 video games. PlayStation 1 games can be easily downloaded online for no cost. MakeUseOf cannot assist you in finding these games. Piratery involves downloading files of data from games that you do not own.

ePSXe is able to run files that have extensions BIN (ISO, CUE), IMG, CD and several other extensions. These files relate to the disc images which contain the PS1 game’s information. Ripping your PS1 original games is feasible exactly the same way you could rip a DVD onto your computer. You must ensure that your output file is an ISO file or any of the other PS1 file formats that ePSXe can support. Otherwise, your PS1 games will not load.

When you’ve got your PS1 ISO in hand then you can load it up in the ePSXe format. Start by opening File > Run ISO. Next, browse through the PS1 games location. The PS1 will begin loading once you choose the game. That’s it. You’re now playing an PS1 Game on your Computer!

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