Playing PlayStation Games on PC, Step by Step

Was itching to play some of my old PlayStation games but didn’t want to pull out the machine from storage, so I tried using an emulator. Here’s one way to get started quickly:

  1. Go to www.ePSXe.com and download the latest version of ePSXe (1.9.25 as of this post).
  2. Extract the ePSXe emulator files into a new folder (I named mine ePSXe), making sure to preserve the folder structure.

    ePSXe Folder Structure

    Be sure to preserve the folder structure when unzipping

  3. Use a search engine to find and download a PlayStation BIOS (ePSXe recommends SCPH1001.bin), then download it into the bios folder. For legal purposes it’s better to match the BIOS with the model of your own PlayStation (my original PlayStation is SCPH-3000, but for some reason only SCPH1001.bin will work with the wizard in the next step. Any other version will require a manual configuration afterwards in Config->Bios).
  4. Launch ePSXe.exe. If ePSXe has not previously run on the machine, the config setup should run automatically.

    ePSXe Configuration Setup

    This wizard runs automatically when starting up ePSXe for the first time

    Click the Config>> button.
  5. Select the SCPH-1001 BIOS downloaded from step 2, then click Next>>.

    ePSXe - Configuring the BIOS

    Only SCPH1001 will show up in this list – any other version will require going to Config->BIOS after completing the wizard

  6. Select Pete’s OpenGL2 Driver 2.9 (should work for any modern system), then click Next>>.

    ePSXe - Configuring the Video

    Pretty much all cards support OpenGL nowadays

  7. Select ePSXe SPU core 1.9.0., then click Next>>.

    ePSXe - Configuring the Sound

    Only one option here

  8. Select ePSXe CDR WNT/W2K core 1.7.0. for Windows 7, then click Next>>.

    ePSXe - Configuring the Cdrom

    Choose appropriately for your OS, though probably at this point nobody uses Win9x

  9. Click Controller 1, then click inside each box to map a key/button to the corresponding PlayStation controller button. When finished, click OK, then Next>> again. Super easy whether you have a PlayStation->USB adapter or a keyboard.

    ePSXe - Config Gamepad

    Click inside each box, then press the key/button you want to use. The upper-right dropdown selects the type of controller.

  10. Click Done. ePSXe should now be ready to run at the most basic settings (they can be fine-tuned later).

    ePSXe Configuration Complete

    Almost there!

  11. Insert PlayStation game into optical drive.

    Resident Evil - Director's Cut

    This game is almost 20 years old

  12. Click File->Run CDROM.

    ePSXe - Launching a Game

    This is it!

  13. Play!

At this point the game will run fine but some of the settings might not be perfect (e.g. full screen vs. windowed, etc.). You can play with the settings (Config->Video->Configure) to get the quality and speed that you want. Below are the settings I chose and the result. Note that my machine is from 2011, so I’m guessing most machines today would be able to meet or exceed the settings I chose. Hope you found this guide helpful. Have fun!

My ePSXe Settings

My settings after some trial and error

ePSXe - Resident Evil

Looking good – enjoy!