How to Play PS1 Games on PC in 3 Easy Steps


Good morning gamers, bloggers & readers,

As promised, I said I would write up a wee tutorial on how to play PS1 and PS2 games on the PC if a few of you were interested. However, there is one or two little disclaimers: I can’t provide you the actual download files, but I can tell you where and how to get them. The reason why behind this is because of some Sony legal terms – or something along those lines [I noticed this recurring trend among the tutorials I had read]. So, with that in mind, I want to keep you guys safe as well as myself. I’ll do separate walkthroughs for PS1 and PS2 emulators so that it doesn’t confuse you. Let’s get stuck in, shall we?

Step 1: Finding a good ‘Emulator’ for PS1

For those aren’t tech-savvy: an ’emulator’ is basically a copy or a mimic. So in this case, it is a program that mimics the behaviours and ‘images’ of any desired console [such as the N64, PS1, etc.].

The most recommended and reliable emulator for PS1 is ePSXe, which you can download here. Make sure you have programs such as WinRAR or Winzip so that you can extract the files. Once you have downloaded this, extract them to your desired directory.

Extracted ePSXe files

Step 2: Configuration & BIOS Files

Before you can even start, you will need to configure your emulator for PAL or NTSC [you will be able to choose between the two whenever you like]. To do this, you will need BIOS files, which are a set of computer instructions that manage input and output operations. It is considered illegal for tutorials to provide actual download links to these, but there are dedicated websites which provide them. The files you want to be looking for in your search engine are:

– NTSC – SCPH1001.BIN
– PAL – SCPH7502.BIN

Locate, download and extract these into the bios folder, otherwise the emulator won’t pick them up when you begin configuring it. After this, open up ePSXe and you should be prompted with the setup wizard, if not, click Config>Wizard Guide. Follow the the wizard, select the settings you wish to have and voilà!

A little note on the controller situation: you will find that in some games, if you’re using a PS3 or Xbox controller to play, some buttons may not respond in the game. To solve this, simply go to Config>Game Pad>Click ‘default’ and re-configure key assignment. It’s a tedious job and I can’t seem to find ‘save settings profile’, but what can you do?

Config Setup Wizard

Step 3: Getting Games & ROMs/ISOs

A ROM or ISO is the image of a game. I figured it’s the actual game itself because I’m still unsure of what the real definition is. Anyhow, there are loads of websites that provide these [EmuParadise or CoolROM]. You can search for any game and extract them to a folder. I’d keep these organised to avoid any trouble when looking for them. Once you have done this, open up ePSXe and click Run>Run ISO and select the game you want to play, and bam, Bob’s your uncle.

I hope this has been as simple and easy to follow. If there’s any issues, leave a comment and I shall get back to you. The PS2 tutorial will be put up if this has been successful!

Additional Stuff for the Tech-Savvy

If your pc struggles a little, I suggest getting Razer Game Booster from here. If you’d like to install a console controller, click here.

– Matt.

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