How to Play Playstation 1 (PSX) Games on Your Computer (ePSXe)

Many gamers were just beginning to get into 3D console gaming. In this article, we’ll show you the fundamentals of how you can play Playstation 1 games on your computer using the emulator ePSXe.

PSX Emulation like other consoles in this period of gaming, and even before utilizes CD images rather than ROM pictures. This is due to the fact that Playstation’s games came on CDs, instead of cartridges that were traditionally used. Emulation for the Playstation 1 involves “some assembly needed” which is as complicated as 16-bit PC/DOS. We’ll start with the basics, and then move into more advanced scenarios in the upcoming guides.

The emulator is our primary need. It is available for download from the official ePSXe download site.

Next, find a place on your hard disk where your PSX games can be found. I recommend creating a folder that stores all your PSX files in that folder, and then opening that folder. Then, create a folder containing the ePSXe emulator. Add a folder for all your CD images in the emulator folder. In that folder, place all of your CD photos.

Next, open up your emulator folder. The entire ZIP archive you downloaded must be extracted into this folder. This emulator does not require installation, however it does require some preliminary configuration when you first open it up. Before opening our emulator, it is suggested to locate the Playstation 1 bios files. These files do not come with the emulator nor do we have a discussion on how to get them. They can be obtained quickly, and it’s recommended to purchase the complete set.Join Us ps1 emulator bios website Once you’ve found the BIOS file and copied the files into your emulator directory.

Next, we will need to search for a GPU-specific plugin. Pete’s GPU plugin is the most suggested. It’s available here. The GPU plug-in that is most compatible with the operating system you are using may be downloaded from here. After the download is finished, extract the contents to the directory for plugins in your emulator.

After downloading the BIOS files as well as the GPU plugin and the ePSXe executable is able to be executed by double-clicking epsxe.exe. The program will prompt you to use a Wizard. When using the wizard, make sure that all settings are correct. There isn’t much need for configuration. Make use of the recommended BIOS file. The wizard will tell you which one is best. Utilize the Pete’s GPU plugin file that you downloaded. Create any additional settings you think are required.

When it’s done it will give you an ordinary-looking emulator screen. It will look something similar to the following:

If for any reason you don’t want to run through the emulator setup wizard all over again, just select the “Configdrop-down menu and select “Wizard Guide”.

The next step is to configure the controller’s configuration. This can be done when you click on the ‘Config drop-down menu’ and then hovering your mouse over “Game Pad”, “Port 1” prior to pressing “Pad 1”.

This pop-up will pop up after you click it. It appears like this:

To alter any of the controls, you just need to click the little grey boxes and enter the new key to your keyboard. After you’ve configured your controller digitally then click the OK button. Controllers are not able to be set up during a game playing. This is an unfortunate limitation of the emulator. However it becomes less problematic once you have a decent configuration.

The next step is to locate the video settings. These settings can be found in “Config”, click on “Video” Then choose “Video”.

This will likely open the pop-up window.

To set up your graphics plug-in, Click on “Configure”, right under the drop-down that displays the name of your plugin. The other buttons “Configure” lead you to another list of options. Here’s what I received for me:

So far, the only thing I’ve tried was switching between full-screen as well as windowed mode. Windowed mode is the one I prefer because I can open other programs quickly if I require the need to access them. Full screen mode is great to remove all distractions, and making the most out of the screen space available to you only for gaming. It’s also a matter of personal preference. If you need to adjust the video settings for a specific game, this is how you access these settings.

The classic save state/load status feature will be next. It is found in the “Run” drop down menu. I prefer speed keys for speedy loading and saving (F1 to save and F3 to load).

There are a few things you should know prior to you begin loading your first game. First, the game has to be played in a standard disc image format. The ISO format and the CUE/BIN format are both good choices. The emulator will let you know what format the emulator can interpret whenever you browse an image. Load the.cue file if it’s in the format CUE/BIN.

Another reason is that whenever you launch a program, it will hide the currently open window and create a new window to run the program. To quit the game, you need to press the “Esc” key on your keyboard. This is usually the last top left key that you can hit on your keyboard.

Furthermore, the method I’m going to show you is only for single-disc format games. This guide will help you run multi-disc games. Multi-disc games will not work when you play using this method.

Okay, how do you feel? All good. Select the “File” dropdown menu, then select “Run ISO”.

Open the browser window and browse to the CD directory that you’ve created. After that, you can place all the images in the directory. Click on the game icon you like and then select “Open”. The game will begin.

Important: After you’ve finished playing, you need to click the “File drop-down menu. Click on the “Filedropdown menu” to quit the emulator. Click on “Exit”.

To close the emulator, click on the “X” button. This will shut down the emulator but keep your task manager running. This could be a problem when the ePSXe process is scheduled to be repeated. The only way to end the process is to either hit “CTRL+Alt+Delete” or by opening your task manager, clicking in the “Processes” tab, locating the ePSXe process, and then clicking the “End Process” button or restarting your computer. You should make use of the “exit” feature of the emulator to end any processes.

While this is a good place to start when trying to emulate PSX but it won’t be enough. This will only cause you to ask more questions about emulators. Expect more details in the coming guides.