The original PlayStation, also known by the PSX or the PS1 offers a broad variety of games. While the PS1 has passed its peak, the games still offer a lot of enjoyment. You can still play your PS1 most loved games on your computer, even if they’re no longer available.

An PlayStation 1 emulator allows you to bring back your favourite PS1 games. All you need is an emulator as well as a PS1 BIOS, and your old PS1 games. Here are the steps for playing PlayStation One games (PS1) on your Windows-based PC.

What Is the Best PS1 Emulator?

An emulator is a component of software that you install on your computer. You can use it to emulate hardware with a software program, and all this from your computer. Emulators are accessible across a variety of hardware platforms.

A gaming emulator is a clone of a console which lets you play any game, such as a Commodore 64, an arcade gaming cabinet, an arcade gaming cabinet, a Nintendo 64, or a PlayStation 1. All this without having to purchase the original console.

There are a variety of PS1 emulators. ePSXe is the most suitable option for stability, performance and other features. Even though updates can be slow, ePSXe still has more than 10 years of experience, making it an excellent alternative for people who want to play the classic PS1 can find more here from Our Articles

Let’s begin with ePSXe.

How to Download EPSXe

First things first: you have to download the most current version of ePSXe.

ePSXe doesn’t require any installation. Extract the files and run ePSXe within the same folder.

Right-click on the downloaded ePSXe file to select the ZIP file and extract. Unsure of what an archive or an archive program is? Before you begin this guide, take a look at our guide to learn the process of extracting files from a common archive.

ePSXe could prompt you to extract additional files after you start it up for the first-time. Extract them, and then launch the program.

ePSXe BIOS Configuration

Before you are able to play a PS1 video game in the ePSXe emulator, you must follow several steps to follow. Before anything else can take place, you need a PlayStation 1 BIOS.

A BIOS or Basic Operating System is a program that is run when you boot your computer. Your PlayStation 1 BIOS is different from that of your personal computer. Your PS1 BIOS has information about the PlayStation 1 hardware. It includes information such as the version and manufacturing regions.

ePSXe won’t run without a proper PS1 BIOS. The PlayStation 1 BIOS also dictates the games you can play, according to the region in which it is located (such as Europe, North America, Japan and so on). While simulated PS1 BIOS files are available, they are not as accurate as the actual one.

Disclaimer: While you can download PS1 BIOS Files from the internet, the only legal way to download BIOS files is to rip your PlayStation’s BIOS. You can see the following video to learn how to get rid of your PS1 BIOS. If you decide to rip your PS1 BIOS at your own risk.

When you’ve ripped your PS1 BIOS You’ll must copy and paste the file into the BIOS directory. The BIOS directory will be located within your ePSXe Folder. Based on the location from which the emulator was extracted, the place of your ePSXe bios folder will vary. For example, my ePSXe BIOS folder is C:\Users\Gavin\Downloads\ePSXe205\bios.

Once you paste the BIOS archive into the right folder, you must extract the contents. The ZIP file cannot be read by emulators.

How to Configure ePSXe

Once you have your BIOS installed You are now able to continue to set up ePSXe.

The configuration for ePSXe Graphics

A menu will be displayed that displays the different options for graphics and the suggestions provided by the ePSXe development team. If you have an AMD or Nvidia GPU card, select Pete’s OpenGL2 core 2.0.0 and after that, click Config.

There are numerous graphics options that you could pick from. You can modify the settings over time as you become more comfortable with their functions. Your graphics card can decide how you can customize your ePSXe user experience.

Modern computers can do significantly greater than the original PS1 which had a 33.0MHz CPU. (Yes, megahertz—it was in the early 1990s!) 2MB RAM and 1MB VRAM. This allows your typical computer to take full advantage of all ePSXe configuration options.

I’d suggest running the PlayStation 1 games first and after that, making any necessary adjustments. Our guide on setting up video game graphics is available. It describes how specific settings impact performance and visual effects for all games, not just ePSXe.

There’s an easy graphic tweak you can do right now. The default options are available in the lower-right corner. You can select Fast or Nice graphics. Below are the results once you have chosen Nice graphics.

On loading screens for games the distinction in graphics between the nice and the basic is apparent. Here’s an example of the loading screen for Crash Bandicoot, which uses the default ePSXe graphic settings.

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

As you can see, the logo and background are more smooth than the previous image.

ePSXe Sound Drive, Controller and Controller Configuration

We now need to change the sound settings. It’s easiest to ePSXe to use this option default, as it handles most PS1 sound problems well.

Next up, the CD-ROM plug-in. It’s possible to continue using it in the event that Windows 10 is installed.

You can also set up your controllers to ensure that they are compatible with the ePSXe. ePSXe supports several controllers out of the box. Use the dropdown menu at the top-right of your screen to choose your input type. You can select between a keyboard or mouse with keyboard, along with Direct Input or XInput.

Select XInput when using the Xbox 360/ Xbox One controller. The controller will be mapped automatically and your game should be able to run with no issues. This guide will explain how to use a PlayStation DualShock controller on either a Mac or the PC.

There’s also a detailed guide on how to connect to a DualShock controller to ePSXe.

How do I install PS1 Games onto Windows 10

After installing ePSXe Once ePSXe has been installed, you can select your most loved PS1 games to launch. PlayStation 1 games are freely accessible online. MakeUseOf however, can’t help you to find the games. Piratery is downloading data files from games you don’t own.

ePSXe runs files with extensions BIN (ISO, CUE), IMG, CD and several other extensions. These files contain disc images that contain PS1 game information. This same method is used to copy original PS1 game discs to your computer, just like a DVD. Make sure that your output file is an ISO file or any of the other PS1 file formats that ePSXe is able to support. Otherwise the PS1 games will not be loaded.

Once your PS1 ISO is complete, you will be capable of loading it into ePSXe. Go to File > Run ISO and then browse to your PS1 game directory. The program will load the PS1 game file. Now you’re completed! You’re now playing the PS1 Game on your computer!