Just because you don’t have a PlayStation, does that mean you have to miss out on the awesome games designed for the console? There’s a simple way of playing PlayStation games on your PC — it’s called emulation. Emulation is one of the most favorite past times of PC gamers and has always been one of the most attractive aspects of owning a PC because no one has time to hook up old consoles to their TVs or monitors to enjoy a classic/retro game just to indulge in an old guilty pleasure. It is also a way to enjoy some old and rare games the consoles for which might not be available anymore or is really unique.
The original PlayStation is increasingly becoming such a console, but it is not the reason that emulation of the console on the PC took shape. Like emulation for most consoles, it was simply out of necessity and a way for coders to show off their skills, and due to the fact that the console does not require tremendous amounts of power to emulate. In simpler terms, PlayStation emulation is a piece of cake for today’s technology.
As a result there are plenty of PlayStation emulator floating around on the internet, but an emulator called ePSXe stands out of the crowd due to its great compatibility and a plethora of customization options, ranging from tweaking the video and sound to a completely functional cheat device for those who want some extra help in their emulated games.
Here is a step-by-step guide illustrating how to play PlayStation games on PC.
What will you need to play PlayStation on PC
- A simple PC configuration, with a recommended rig consisting of at least an 1.8 GHz processor, more than 512 MB of RAM and a 128 MB or better graphics card
- PlayStation BIOS files, which you can find all over the internet with a simple Google search or dump them right from your or your friend’s trusty old PlayStation
- The latest version of the ePSXe emulator available here
- Latest plugins, available here
- A copy or an image of the game you want to play
- A joypad or joystick (optional)
- Intermediate level PC skills and, as with most things of such nature, some luck.
Play PlayStation on PC – Getting Started
The first step needed to play PlayStation games on PC is to download and install the emulator. Once you’ve done that, you will be presented with a configuration wizard. To help you configure it easier so we’ll first go through that. First off, you will be presented with a wizard interface that will guide you through the setup process of selecting and configuring the plugins for the emulator.
The first part of the process is going to be selecting the video plugin that best suits your needs. Firstly, you will have to select the BIOS you have just downloaded or dumped from your PlayStation in order for the emulator to emulate the capabilities of the console.
The Pete’s D3D plugin works best for low-end systems, while the OpenGL and OpenGL2 plugins are for high-end rigs with more RAM and video RAM to spare. The OpenGL2 plugin provides the best options possible and is recommended for players who have a better system and want the best performance and quality.
Default settings should suffice for those who don’t want to tinker too much with the setting and get the best performance possible. However, if you want to get the best performance and quality possible while playing PlayStation games on PC, follow the screen shots below.
In order to make some PlayStation games more compatible with the emulator, the plugin provides some special fixes for certain games that will make them more playable and less glitchy. Users will have to select the fixes pertaining to the games they are playing.
The built-in sound plugin provides the best sound emulation for ePSXe and is the best option out of the lot. Do not select other plugins as they cause more problems than improving the sound quality.
The next step to play PlayStation on PC is to properly set up the CD-ROM plugin. I have found SaPu’s CD-ROM plugin to be the best when it comes to performance and perfect emulation of the PlayStation’s CD-ROM drive. EPSXe also has a built-in system for loading ISOs and it is recommended that users turn to that when working with CD images instead of mounting the image on a virtual drive.
The last step in the process is setting up your controller, if you’re using a joystick or joypad, and map the keyboard keys to match those of the PlayStation controller if you prefer using the keyboard.
If you are using a joystick that supports vibration, ePSXe can also emulate the Dual Shock functions for the PlayStation controller fairly accurately.
That’s it. You are now ready to play PlayStation games on your PC.
Playing PlayStation games on PC
Now, you can actually start playing PlayStation games on your computer. Just select the appropriate option from the menus in the main interface and you will finally able to play PlayStation games on your PC. Run from CD-ROM if you have a physical copy of the game you want to play and the ISO option if you’re working with CD images.
The game should start up as soon as you select the appropriate option.
As all emulators are still works in progress at best, it is always possible that your favorite game might not run correctly on the current version, but from what I have seen, ePSXe can run almost every PlayStation game out there with tremendous speed and quality, and most problems that occur are usually due to a faulty setup or driver issues.