The Sony PlayStation or PSOne, I friggin loved this thing back in the day and it was my introduction to early 3D gaming.
I don’t think my family picked this bad boy up until the late 90s despite being released in 94 but we had borrowed the console many times from a family friend for months at a time so I got to enjoy it whilst it was still fresh.
Games like Time Crisis, Soul Blade, and Crash Bandicoot to name a few completely blew me away especially when all I knew was the Sega Megadrive or Super Nintendo at the time.
Knowing the incredible popularity of this console it doesn’t surprise me at all that it would find it’s way into an emulator and today I’ll be talking about one of them known as the ePSXe.
What is ePSXe?
This is an emulator that allows you to play Sony PlayStation games on your PC and recently became available in GooglePlay making this also available for mobile or tablet.
I have not seen this emulator running on IOS or apple computers at the time of this post.
The emulator is said to be built on the PSEmu Pro plugin system which is the engine driving the software, the developers have done a great job here as the emulator is known to run a high number of games from the PSOne library.
There is still ongoing support today on their website and developers also actively working to constantly improve the experience.
So How do I use it?
The ePSXe is a little more technical than the 8-bit/16-bit era emulators due to its bios configurations, the use of ISO CD images and graphic settings but it can be done and there are many youtube videos floating around that show what others have put their settings at.
Like this one here, this setup took around 4minutes Shoutout to Trogdor8freebird:
Let’s take a look at the system requirements:
The developers have split this up into two sections for us:
Minimum system requirements:
- P200MMX or compatible
- 32 MB of RAM
- Fast graphic card (like the voodoo 2)
- Cdrom x16
- DirectX 7a
Recommended system configuration:
- P3 1000 or greater
- 256 Mb of RAM
- Very fast DirectX, Opengl or Glide graphic card
- fast CD-ROM
- DirectX 7a
These specs are fairly dated as it would be rare to buy a computer these days that have less than 256MB of RAM. You also require certain files to be able to run the emulator from what I understand, here they are listed below:
- ePSXe.exe (well duh)
- A psx bios (scph1001.bin and scph7502.bin have been tested and proved to work)
- PSEmu Pro GPU plugin (graphics)
- PSEmu Pro SPU plugin (sound) (optional)
- PSEmu Pro CD-Rom plugin (optional)
The emulator supports direct input controls so you can use your keyboard to play the games as with any other.
You can use your own PC controller to work the same and switch to d-pad during gameplay but some games struggle like Ape Escape (one of the first games to use analog and D-pad). You can also use your mouse to mimic the Sony Gun controller for shooter games like time crisis.
In the Android emulator version of ePSXe it appears to only have controller’s options without the analogs so if playing on a phone or tablet it may be best to stick to the many awesome titles that don’t rely on it.
It also goes without saying that the emulator doesn’t come with games but hey google is your friend for PlayStation game ISO’s.
If you do happen to own physical PSOne games you can insert them into your PC and the emulator will recognise them. Great for those of you who have a dead PSOne but still kept the games around!
I have seen this thing run many games just like the original console on all kinds of piece of junk computers or laptops so it’s extremely resilient.
It may be a bit of a pain in the butt to set up but once you’re there you never have to check the settings again. Games from more demanding games Metal Gear Solid to simple puzzle games like Bust-a-Move 2 the performance was consistent throughout.
For some reason to change the game you have to close the emulator down and relaunch it again otherwise the option to do it was greyed out but could have just been in the version I saw like I said the developers appear to still be working on this so it’s probably just a glitch which takes little time to change.
There is also a nice change disc feature for 4-disc games, so when the game asks you to “inset disc 2” for example the emulator can do that.
The last cool thing I’ve seen work is the cheat code feature. Back in the day, you had a special cartridge pack that would plug right into the back of your PSOne I remember seeing this as a kid doing all sorts of crazy things to Soul Blade it was pure awesomeness.
The emulator allows you to enter a cheat code before you launch the game, you’ll see their effects during gameplay.
Netplay is also on the table here, however, I’ve never seen this in action, but the idea of playing PSOne games online with friends is a must try.
So to conclude this emulator is awesome, it does take a bit of trial and error to get working but if you have the patience it’s a solid bit of software. For all those young bucks out there who only know Sony PlayStation from the PS3 onwards, this is truly a chance to experience where it all began.
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