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

Many gamers trying to get into the realm of 3D console gaming at the time were N64 gamers. In reality, they were likely PSX (Playstation 1) gamers. This guide will teach you how to play Playstation 1 video games on your computer using the emulator ePSXe.

PSX Emulation utilizes CD images instead of ROM images This is very different from other consoles of this time. This is because Playstation 1’s games were on CDs instead of cartridges that were traditionally used. Emulation of Playstation 1 is a simple process that needs “some assembly” and is comparable to 16-bit PC/DOS emulator. In this guide we will explain the basics of PSX Emulation. Later guides will cover more intricate scenarios.

The emulator is what we first require. It is available on the ePSXe official download page.

Find a location on your hard-drive that you can easily find your PSX gaming software. I would suggest creating a folder for all your PSX requirements in this location. Open the folder you created. Create an additional folder which contains the emulator ePSXe. Create an archive that holds all of your CD files. Place all your CD images in that folder.

Next, open up the emulator folder. Extract all of the files from the ZIP archive that you downloaded to this folder. This emulator does not require installation, but it requires some preliminary configuration before you can open it up. Before you open the emulator, look for the Playstation 1 bios file. These aren’t part of the emulator. Also, we can’t talk about how to get them.Read here scph1001 bios At our site But, these files are not hard to find and, in the ideal case you should find an entire set of them. Once you’ve located the BIOS files you’re looking for you can save them to the directories of your emulators.

The next step is to look for the GPU plug-in. Pete’s GPU plugin is my most-loved GPU plug-in. It’s available here. The GPU plug-in most compatible with your operating system may be downloaded here. When you finish downloading then extract the contents of the archive to the directory of plugins in your emulator.

Once you’ve obtained the GPU plugin as well as the BIOS files, you are able to begin to run the ePSXe emulator by double-clicking the epsxe.exe file. If you’re prompted to run the Wizard then click. It is recommended to ensure that your settings are correct before you start the wizard. Very little configuration is really needed. Use only the recommended BIOS files (the wizard will tell you which one is the most recommended). You can use the Pete’s GPU plug-in that you have downloaded, or do any other configuration you believe is required. Personally, I make sure that the emulator is running in windowed mode. However, that’s your my personal preference.

After you’ve finished the emulator screen will look something like this:

You can run the emulator wizard to set up again if you click on the “Config” drop-down menu and then click on “Wizard Guide”.

So, the next thing we must set up is the controller setup. This can be done by clicking on the “Config” drop-down menu, then moving your mouse to “Game Pad” followed by “Port 1”, then clicking on “Pad 1”:

The pop-up window will open after you click it. It appears like this:

You can change any control by simply clicking the grey boxes and then entering the new control into your keyboard. Once you are done configuring your digital controller, press the OK button. Note that controllers cannot be configured while a game is either running or paused. This is a limitation of the emulator. But, it will disappear once you have a decent setup.

Next is to locate the settings for video. These settings can be found within the “Config” drop-down menu and clicking on “Video”:

This could bring up pop-up windows.

Click on the “Configure” button below the drop-down menu that displays the name of your graphics plug-in. (Note that the other “Configurebuttons” point you to more options. Here’s what I received for me:

The only thing I’ve experimented with is switching between fullscreen and windowed modes. I prefer windowed mode because it lets me quickly access other apps, if necessary. Full screen mode has the benefit of not having to deal with distractions, and allows players to utilize all your screen for playing. Your preferences will be honored. These settings can be adjusted to suit any game that you play.

The next option is the traditional load state save option. This is available within the “Run” drop-down menu. For fast saving and loading, I prefer the speed-keys (F1 for save , and F3 for load):

There are a few requirements prior to loading the game. The game should be played in the standard format for disc images. Formats that work fine include the ISO format, or CUE/BIN format. The emulator will let you know what format it is able to interpret whenever you open an image. If the image is in a CUE/BIN format, load the .cue file.

Another reason is that whenever you launch the program, it will hide the window that is currently open and create a new window for the program itself. To exit the game, press “Esc” on your keyboard (typically the farthest left button on your keyboard).

Additionally, the method I’m about to demonstrate can only be used for games that are in a single disc format. This guide can be used to play multi-disc format games. Multi-disc games will not work if you use this method.

Okay, let’s clear it up. All good. Select the drop-down menu “File” and then click on “Run ISO”.

Go to the folder you created for CD images , and then add all the image files. Next, click on the image you want to open and then click “Open”. The game will begin.

Important: After you’ve done playing, you must click the “File” drop-down menu. To close your emulator, go to the “Filedropdown” and then click “Exit”.

The emulator can be shut down when you click the “X” button. However it will continue to be running in your task manager. If you’d like to restart the ePSXe emulator it’s an issue. To stop the process once more, you can either press CTRL+Alt+Delete or open up your task manager. Click on the tab “Processes”, find the ePSXe program, click on the button “End Process” or restart your system. Stopping processes could be hazardous therefore, make sure to utilize the “exitbutton within the emulator.

While this is a great start for emulating PSX games, this will undoubtedly lead to further questions about emulation. Stay tuned as we will explore more advanced topics in future guides.

Enjoy!