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:
- Go to www.ePSXe.com and download the latest version of ePSXe (1.9.25 as of this post).
- Extract the ePSXe emulator files into a new folder (I named mine ePSXe), making sure to preserve the folder structure.
- 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).
- Launch ePSXe.exe. If ePSXe has not previously run on the machine, the config setup should run automatically.
- Select the SCPH-1001 BIOS downloaded from step 2, then click Next>>.
- Select Pete’s OpenGL2 Driver 2.9 (should work for any modern system), then click Next>>.
- Select ePSXe SPU core 1.9.0., then click Next>>.
- Select ePSXe CDR WNT/W2K core 1.7.0. for Windows 7, then click Next>>.
- 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.
- Click Done. ePSXe should now be ready to run at the most basic settings (they can be fine-tuned later).
- Insert PlayStation game into optical drive.
- Click File->Run CDROM.
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!