The original PlayStation (also known as the PSX or PS1) has an incredible variety of games. While the PS1 might be old, the games are still enjoyable. Thankfully, if your favorite PS1 games are no longer available but you are still able to enjoy them on your computer.

An PlayStation 1 emulator brings your favourite PS1 games to life. All you require is an emulator as well as an PS1 BIOS, and your old PS1 games. This guide will show you how to play PlayStation One (PS1) games on your PC!

What is the Best PS1 Emulator

An emulator is software that can be installed onto your personal computer. It lets you reproduce physical hardware within a software environment and all from your comfort zone of an own computer. Emulators can be found across a variety of hardware platforms.

Gaming emulators reproduce an actual gaming console, which allows gamers to play everything from the Commodore 64 to an arcade gaming console, from Nintendo 64 to a PlayStation 1, all without the requirement of the original console.

There are many PS1 emulators. ePSXe still offers the best quality, stability, or other features. Even though updates aren’t as fast, ePSXe is a well-rounded product with over a decade worth of link website This is a fantastic option for getting back to your PS1 games.

Let’s start working with ePSXe.

How to download ePSXe

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

ePSXe does not require installation. Simply take the files out of the archive, and then run ePSXe directly from that same folder.

Right-click on ePSXe to download, choose the ZIP program you would like to extract, and then click OK. Are you confused about what an archive is? Before moving on to this guide, take a look at our guide to learn the process of extracting files from common archive.

ePSXe might prompt you to extract additional file when you start it for the first time. Extract them , and then open ePSXe.

ePSXe BIOS Configuration

There are several actions you must follow before you can use the ePSXe emulator to play any PS1 game. Before you can play you must have an PlayStation 1 BIOS.

A BIOS is a low-level software that is activated at the moment you start your computer. It is typically connected to your PC. Your PlayStation 1’s BIOS may differ from the one you have on your PC. The BIOS on the PlayStation 1 contains information about the hardware. This includes the model and the manufacturing region.

ePSXe cannot run without a valid PS1 bios. The PlayStation 1’s BIOS controls the games that can be played according to the region that it’s in (Europe, North America or Japan). You can also download the simulated PS1 BIOS files however they won’t function as well.

Disclaimer: Though there are PS1 BIOS files on the internet however, you can only get BIOS files by ripping the BIOS from the existing PS1. To learn how to extract your PS1’s BIOS take a look at the video below. You are accountable for the contents of your PS1 BIOS.

After you’ve cut the PS1 BIOS file then copy the archive into the BIOS directory. The BIOS directory is located in the folder ePSXe. Depending upon where you downloaded the emulator, your ePSXe BIOS folder’s location will differ. For example, my ePSXe BIOS folder is C:\Users\Gavin\Downloads\ePSXe205\bios.

After you’ve copied the BIOS file into the proper folder, you’ll need to extract the contents. The ZIP file is not readable by emulators.

How to set up an ePSXe

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

The configuration of the graphics of the ePSXe

A menu will open that shows the different options for graphics and suggestions from the ePSXe team of developers. Choose Pete’s OpenGL2 Core 2.0.0 for AMD or Nvidia graphics cards and select Config.

You can set up a variety of graphic options. Over time, you can tweak your settings as you become more comfortable with what they do. Your graphics card is an important element in the way your ePSXe experiences are tweaked.

Modern computers can do significantly more than the original PS1 with its 33.0MHz CPU. (Yes megahertz was the norm in the early 1990s!) 2MB RAM and 1MB of VRAM. The complete range of ePSXe options can be utilized by a standard PC.

I’d suggest playing the PlayStation 1 game you want to play firstbefore making graphics tweaks later. You may also want to read our guide to video game graphics and setting. It explains how certain graphics settings impact the performance and visual effects of every game, which includes ePSXe.

There is a simple way to adjust the graphic. The default options are found at the bottom right-hand edge of the menu for configuration. You have the option of selecting Fast or Nice graphics. These are the options you have when you have selected Nice graphic:

Even on loading screens, you can see the difference between good and basic graphics. Here’s an example the loading screen of Crash Bandicoot, which uses the default ePSXe graphics settings.

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

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

ePSXe Sound Drive, Controller and Controller Configuration

The next step is to configure the sound. It’s easiest to use this option as default since ePSXe handles the majority of PS1-related sound effectively.

We’ll then look at the CD-ROM plug-in. It is possible to continue with the CD-ROM plugin if Windows 10 is installed.

Then, you can configure your controllers for use by the ePSXe. It works with a variety of controllers. You can choose your input type using the drop-down menu that is located in the upper-right corner. You can choose between keyboard, keyboard and mouse Direct Input, XInput.

Select XInput If you are you are using an Xbox 360/ Xbox One controller. The game will map the controller and play according to the way you expect. If you’re using the PlayStation DualShock controller, check out the following guide explaining how to use the PS4 controller on your 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 Windows 10

Once ePSXe is working and you are able to start your favorite PS1 video games. PlayStation 1 games can be easily downloaded online for no cost. MakeUseOf cannot assist you in finding them. Piratery is downloading files of data from games you don’t have.

ePSXe allows you to open files that have extensions BIN, ISO and CUE. These files are linked to disc images which contain the PS1 game data. You can rip your original PS1 games similar fashion to how you rip a DVD to your computer. All you need to do is make sure the output file you choose to use is an ISO, or any other format that ePSXe can support. If it’s not, your PS1 will not load.

When your PS1 ISO is completed and you are ready to load it into ePSXe. Go to File > Run ISO. Navigate to the PS1 location. Select the PS1 game file, and it will start loading. That’s it. You’re now playing a PS1 Game on your computer!

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