How to Play PlayStation (PS1) Games on PC

Gavin Phillips Updated 05-02-2020

The original PlayStation, also known as PSX or the PS1, boasts an amazing array of games. The PS1 is long out of date, but the games are still lots of fun to play. Thankfully, if your favorite PS1 games are no longer available, you can still play them on your PC.


A PlayStation 1 emulator brings your favorite PS1 games back to life. All you need is an emulator, a PS1 BIOS, and your old PS1 games. Here’s how to play PlayStation One (PS1) games on your PC!

What Is the Best PS1 Emulator?

An emulator is a type of software you install on your PC. It allows you to reproduce physical hardware in a software setting, all from the comfort of your existing computer. Emulators exist for various types of hardware and platforms.

A gaming emulator reproduces a gaming console, allowing you to play anything from a Commodore 64 to an arcade gaming cabinet, from a Nintendo 64 to a PlayStation 1, all without the need for the original console.

There are a lot of PS1 emulators out there. However, ePSXe remains the best option for performance, stability, and additional features. Updates are slow, but ePSXe has over a decade of development under its belt, which makes it a great option to start playing your old PS1 games once more.

So, let’s get started with ePSXe.


How to Download ePSXe

First things first: you need to download the latest version of ePSXe.

Download: ePSXe for Windows (Free)

There is no installation process for ePSXe. You extract the files from the archive and then run ePSXe from the same folder.

Right-click the ePSXe download, select your ZIP program, and extract. Unsure what an archive and a ZIP program are? Read our guide explaining how to extract files from common archives How to Extract Files From ZIP, RAR, 7z and Other Common Archives Were you ever faced with a .rar file and wondered how to open it? Fortunately, managing ZIP files and other compressed archives is simple with the right tools. Here is what you need to know. Read More before continuing with this tutorial.


When you run ePSXe for the first time, you may encounter a dialog box asking you to extract additional files. Extract them, then fire up ePSXe.

ePSXe BIOS Configuration

There are several steps to complete before you can play a PS1 game in the ePSXe emulator. Before anything can happen, you need a PlayStation 1 BIOS.

A BIOS is a low-level software that starts when you boot your computer and is usually associated with your PC. The BIOS your PlayStation 1 uses is slightly different from the one your PC uses. Your PS1 BIOS contains information relating to your PlayStation 1 hardware, such as the version, manufacturing region, and more.

ePSXe won’t run without a proper PS1 BIOS. The PlayStation 1 BIOS also dictates which games you can play, depending on its geographical region (such as Europe, North America, Japan, and so on). There are simulated PS1 BIOS files, but they don’t work as well as the real deal.


Disclaimer: While there are PS1 BIOS files available online, the only legal method of obtaining BIOS files is to rip the BIOS from your existing PS1. Check out the following video to understand exactly how to rip your PS1 BIOS. You rip your PS1 BIOS at your own risk.

Once you rip your PS1 BIOS, you need to copy and paste the archive into the BIOS directory. You’ll find the BIOS directory in the ePSXe folder. The location of your ePSXe BIOS folder depends on where you extracted the emulator. For example, my ePSXe BIOS folder is C:\Users\Gavin\Downloads\ePSXe205\bios.

Once you paste the BIOS archive into the correct folder, you must extract the contents. The emulator cannot read the ZIP file, only its contents.

How to Set Up ePSXe

Once the BIOS is in place, you can continue setting up ePSXe.


ePSXe Graphics Configuration

You’ll first come to a menu displaying different graphics options and the suggestions of the ePSXe development team. If you have an AMD or Nvidia graphics card, select Pete’s OpenGL2 GPU core 2.0.0 and click Config.

epsxe graphics config default settings

There are a lot of graphics options here that you could configure. Over time, you can tweak the settings as you become more familiar with what they do. How you tweak your ePSXe experience depends on your graphics card.

Most modern computers outstrip the capabilities of the original PS1, which had a 33.0MHz CPU (yes, megahertz—it was the early 90s!), 2MB RAM, and 1MB VRAM. This means your average PC can make use of the full gamut of ePSXe graphics configuration options.

I would advise running the PlayStation 1 game you want to play first, then making graphics tweaks later. Furthermore, you could also check out our short guide to video game graphics and settings Video Game Graphics and Settings Explained What do video game graphics settings like texture quality and anti-aliasing mean? Here's everything explained and how they affect you. Read More . It details how certain graphics settings affect performance and visual effects for all games, not just ePSXe.

There is an easy graphics tweak option you can make right now. In the bottom-right corner of the configuration options are the Default options. You can select Fast or Nice graphics. Here are the changes after you select Nice graphics:

epsxe nice graphics settings advanced

The difference between the basic and nice graphics is noticeable, even on game loading screens. For example, here is the loading screen for Crash Bandicoot using the default ePSXe graphics settings:

epsxe basic graphics settings

And here is the same Crash Bandicoot loading screen using the Nice graphics options:

epsxe nice graphics advanced graphics

You can see that the logo, menu lettering, background, and game character are far smoother in the second image.

ePSXe Sound, Drive, and Controller Configuration

Now for the sound configuration. It is easiest to leave this as the default option as ePSXe handles most PS1 game sound well.

Next up is the CD-ROM plugin. If you’re using Windows 10, select ePSXe CDR WNT/W2K core 2.0.0, then continue.

Finally, you can set up your controllers for use with ePSXe. ePSXe supports several controllers out of the box. Click the drop-down menu in the top-right corner to choose your input type. You can select between a keyboard, keyboard and mouse, Direct Input, and XInput.

epsxe controller config directinput

If you’re using an Xbox 360 or Xbox One controller, select XInput. It will map your controller automatically, and your game should play without fault. If you’re using a PlayStation DualShock controller, check out the following guide explaining how to use a PS4 controller on a PC or Mac.

There is also a specific guide on how to connect a DualShock controller to ePSXe.

epsxe controller config XInput

How to Get PS1 Games on to Windows 10

Now that ePSXe is ready, you can pick your favorite PS1 games and fire them up. PlayStation 1 games are freely available online. However, MakeUseOf cannot help you find them. Downloading data files for games that you do not own is piracy.

ePSXe can run files that use the extensions BIN, ISO, CUE, IMG, CD, and a few others. These files relate to the disc images that contain the PS1 game data. You can rip your original PS1 games in the same way you might rip a DVD to your computer. However, you must make sure the output file is an ISO (or one of the other PS1 game file formats ePSXe accepts) or else your PS1 game won’t load.

Once you have your PS1 ISO ready, you can load it up in ePSXe. Head to File > Run ISO, then browse to the PS1 game location. Select the PS1 game file, and it will begin loading. There you have it. You’re now playing a PS1 game on your PC!

Tips on Using ePSXe

From here on out, you can play your PS1 games using whatever control scheme you decide. However, here are a few tips to help your ePSXe experience run smoothly.

  • To leave ePSXe’s emulation, press ESC. You’ll return to the main ePSXe screen. From the main screen, you can adjust the emulation settings, controller settings, and much more. To return to the game, head to Run > Continue.
  • You can save and load games from the main menu. Head to the Run menu, then Save State or Load State, depending on what you want to do. ePSXe also emulates PlayStation 1 memory cards so that you can create a save file within your game.
  • If the game you are playing has multiple discs (such as Final Fantasy 7), you can switch to the next one using File > Change Disc, then selecting the next disc.
  • Local multiplayer is available. You can use a combination of gamepads and your keyboard to make sure every person has a controller. ePSXe also simulates Multitap, which allows up to four local players in the same game.

You can enhance ePSXe and your PS1 games with additional plugins. Figuring out which plugins work best with your setup and with whichever games you want to play is tricky at times. However, you can check out the recommended list of ePSXe plugins and figure out which plugins work with your PC.

You Can Now Play the Best PS1 Games on PC

You can now cut loose and play your favorite PS1 games on your PC. The PlayStation 1 has so many classic genre-defining games. It is hard not to look back at the aging console fondly.

Still, the PlayStation 1 isn’t the only old console you can emulate. When you’re done with ePSXe, here’s how to emulate your favorite PlayStation 2 games How to Play PS2 Games on Your PC or Mac With an Emulator Here's how to play PlayStation 2 games on your PC, allowing you to enjoy classic PS2 games once again. Read More . Alternatively, if you prefer mobile gaming, you can also emulate Android on your PC The Best Android Emulator for Windows 10 Did you know you can run Android directly on your computer? Here are the best Android emulators for Windows 10. Read More .

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  1. 4saleUSA
    January 20, 2018 at 12:52 pm

    A great discussion. I am loving every bit of it. I am sure it will help thousands of people who are interested in enriching their knowledge in such purchases. Thanks to every participant here.

  2. Waifai
    January 9, 2018 at 12:50 am

    I can't play games on the emulator, because everytime i try to open a game the emulator just freezes and closes.
    Uhh help. (?

  3. Diego
    August 19, 2017 at 4:17 am

    When i load a game it is in fast forward move, how do i turn it off?

  4. Ryan Stevens
    March 17, 2017 at 9:35 am

    I'm using PS2 Emulator for playing the PS2 game on my laptop and its working correct but some games its not working proper give me problems for playing. I don't understand why it is happening some games it's working correct and some of the games didn't. Anyone give me suggestion why its happening?

    • Dann Albright
      March 29, 2017 at 3:30 pm

      I think PS2 games are quite a bit more complicated, so it's possible that not all of them will work. I haven't done much PS2 emulation, so I can't provide a whole lot of guidance!

  5. Esmaeil
    June 11, 2016 at 7:08 pm

    i want to Getting the PSX’s BIOS files in step #2. i need to facebook profile and accouont to downloadthis file but it's not permissible for me
    how to i download from another way

    • Chbvxgjbcd
      February 17, 2017 at 7:20 am


  6. azoz
    May 8, 2015 at 2:00 pm

    How can I configure more than two controlers??? I need at least 3 controlers to wok

  7. dean
    February 5, 2010 at 8:30 am

    hey, when i tried to lead the cd rom, it shows pop up said, "error loading WNASPI32.dll"..what does it mean??..if someone can help me..please email me, zyment_leon@yahoo.com

  8. byron
    February 2, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    Hi, im not having issues with my epxse emulator, however whenever i play an ISO of a game w/ more than one disc it asks my to insert the next disc. I am unable to continue when I get this message- Is there any way to get around this?

  9. rhylvin
    January 29, 2010 at 8:55 pm

    hey how can i use playstation cd's to play my psx...i want to play my suikoden2 cd in my psx in my pc...i already played suikden1 but suikoden1 was downloaded it was not coming from a playstation cd but i cant seem to download suikoden2 on my psx so i use my playstation cd(suikoden2)but i cant seem to understand what to do so i can play

  10. ankit
    January 25, 2010 at 6:18 am

    its auswm
    nw i can play my ps games on my pc also
    thanx a lot

  11. R19
    January 24, 2010 at 12:34 am

    Can anyone please help me out? I always end up with a black screen. I'm using ePSXe1.70 at the moment. I tried all sorts of BIOS, and the minute I run ISO of FinalFantasy9 the black screen comes up. And there's no sound/music during this. I'm using Vista. I followed all instructions in online guides and forums. No idea what else to do. Please?

  12. Part
    January 19, 2010 at 6:58 am

    I don't have playstation CDs (anymore) so I download the games from rom sites. I usually have to download more parts of the games, but I don't know why do I need all the parts when I can play the games with just part 1. Can somebody help me with this cuz I have a download limit so downloading parts that I don't need would be kinda stupid.

    • Arcuied
      January 23, 2010 at 4:20 am

      You need all parts to play a game. You install it just by clicking part1, but that does not mean that only part 1 is required.

  13. Nicole
    January 18, 2010 at 4:55 am

    Hi, thanks for the great article.
    I wana play my copy of Final fantasy 8 on my pc.
    Im still using XP.
    but the catch is that I have the pal version.
    I get a black screen and i read online that you need a patch or something to get it working.

    Could someone PLEASE help me because I love this game and my psx isnt working anymore :(

    pretty plz....

    thanks again!

  14. zeyzey017
    January 13, 2010 at 9:49 pm

    i cannot edit the button [edit button : none ]

  15. john
    January 13, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    Under United States law, obtaining a dumped copy of the original machine's BIOS is legal under the ruling Lewis Galoob Toys, Inc. v. Nintendo of America, Inc., 964 F.2d 965 (7th Cir. 1992) as fair use as long as the user obtained a legally purchased copy of the machine. However, several emulators for platforms such as Game Boy Advance are capable of running without a BIOS file, using high-level emulation to simulate BIOS subroutines at a slight cost in emulation accuracy.
    [edit]Other uses

  16. gabagooba
    January 4, 2010 at 2:37 pm

    i'm having trouble downloading plugins,i becamme a member of the site and i'm still having trouble any help?

  17. shaamyl
    January 3, 2010 at 2:09 am

    its great love it just one prob the link for video plugins it doesent work

  18. Somedude
    January 3, 2010 at 12:43 am

    Ok, no matter what I do, when I try to start up a game on the emulator, I just get a black screen. How do I fix this?

  19. miller
    January 2, 2010 at 12:04 am

    it keeps telling me to config my video

  20. Gary
    December 30, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    There are ways to rent games that are not released on the US, I saw that before a few times...

  21. Kat
    December 21, 2009 at 2:48 am

    Thanks a lot! I was ready to give up on playing ffIX untill i read this. You made it really easy thanks!

  22. Cermin
    December 12, 2009 at 8:37 pm

    i can't understand step no 3..
    that's so many plugin..
    which 1 need to download??
    sound plugin,graphic plugin,cd plugin,graphic plugin or misc plugin??
    help me PLEZ!

  23. Maqhoor
    December 9, 2009 at 1:42 am

    Thank you very much, really appreciated.

    I just woud like to ask, can this emulator plays .PBP of ps1 games?
    I have some games with .PBP extension.

    Thanks again

  24. QOTSA90
    December 5, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    Hey, on stop 3, I follow your links, but the links that YOU have linked to dont work :S They just refresh the page but dont download anything. Help?

  25. BloodomenX
    November 15, 2009 at 6:51 pm

    It works but I do not have a lot of games for it. I tried to get some off of the internet but none of them are working. I need to convert them or something to ISO ._. Please help me!
    I have .rar files and ive been trying to get them to work with the emulator.

  26. OpHiR
    November 8, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    this is dumb too many steps why not just the whole file wow!

  27. OpHiR
    November 8, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    hi whats the plug in directort??

    • Simon Slangen
      November 10, 2009 at 8:23 am

      The ePSXe folder cotains a plug-ins folder.

  28. OpHiR
    November 8, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    hey hi... this is hard help me pls ....whats the plug in directory

  29. kyle
    November 6, 2009 at 9:04 am

    well i got my answer from another site, this tells you next to nothing, next time put everything in your damn article and maybe not so many people will be asking boatloads of questions that can easily be put into writing.

  30. pakinja
    November 1, 2009 at 4:48 am

    I remember using 'virtual game station' in 99 with a Pentium II Intel processor cpu! with only 30 fps, it's amazing how people thought emulation of playstation was impossible!

    it's better then perfect with epsxe since 2001 and i remember going crazy when i first played gran turismo 1 on my pc! PSx games will never get old and i will always remember them..........

    I have just spoken in amazement of how far emulators have come! ps2 on pc now full speed ! oh my god!


  31. kyle
    October 29, 2009 at 7:12 pm

    I just looked through this whole thread and there is not ONE link to any game downloading sites. is there any link to crash team racing, ive tried tonnes and can't get it to work. I've got everything else set though I think.

  32. gogo
    October 19, 2009 at 11:40 am

    plug ins are not avaliable at the moment? all the links are gone? any ideas where i can find em? thnx!

  33. Scott
    October 18, 2009 at 2:05 pm

    Hi iv got windows vista on a laptop , dell inspiron basic and i wanna know what graphic plugins to instail and maybe a link to get them for the Umu. thanks also sound would rock to if u can gime a link for it also.

  34. yogi
    October 7, 2009 at 4:52 am

    can any one explain about emulators and temmme how to install this files in my pc

  35. Dzhonis
    October 5, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    Why I can't load Twistead metal? There is black screen. I tried to go to BIOS, there I see Sony logo loading and then 2 functions (memory card and other 1)

    I tried to change video setings, but nothing happened :/

  36. wingsofdeath
    October 4, 2009 at 12:35 am

    is there any way to play games not released in the US in english

    • Simon Slangen
      October 4, 2009 at 6:18 am

      If you're talking about different region codes, you can play these if you use another region's BIOS file.

      • wingsofdeath
        October 4, 2009 at 2:54 pm

        will it be translated to english

  37. mike ayche
    October 1, 2009 at 8:25 am

    Don't bother playing games on this with more than one disc because you'll only get as far as the end of disc 1. When you insert second disc, and file:insert cd drive, you hear the disc spinning like crazy, then it just stops as the screen remains prompting you to insert disc 2, (brand new game, not a single scratch on it) better off just buying a ps 1 at a pawn shop or something.

  38. mike ayche
    October 1, 2009 at 8:13 am

    yeah its all good except it wont start playing "disc 2" when you put it in when prompted. can you only play single disc games or something? i've tried EVERYTHING in the file menu such as insert cd drive and even configuration menu ( no dice)

  39. James
    September 28, 2009 at 11:32 am

    I clicked on the link to get the zlib.dll file but the link does not work. Can someone tell me were to get the zlib.dll

  40. Aashish
    September 23, 2009 at 7:01 am

    I am getting a problem. Sound is coming but no video is being displayed. If there is any problem with the Video Plugin, then tell me whish plugin I must use????

  41. Mosafa
    September 16, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    hi, i really don't know the problem, but when i run the game it says "missing render-texture extention" and it refuses to open then when i chooses to close it says "No pixel format available".

    • Simon Slangen
      September 18, 2009 at 3:02 pm

      From the NGemu FAQ:

      * your CD may be corrupted. clean it off or make an ISO out of it.
      * try using a different graphics plugin
      * ...or use a different emulator

      • Mostafa
        September 19, 2009 at 3:48 am

        Thanks alot, i found out that my video plug in was the problem, as i downloaded the d3d video plug in, it worked just great.

  42. Kevin
    September 13, 2009 at 9:11 am

    Good luck on Ps1 emulation. I tried it out myself and my computer got a bunch of viruses. One virus most notably that used up 98% of my CPU capacity. My hats off to anyone that can put up with crap like that. I'll just play the discs on my ps2 and be happy

  43. Brad
    August 29, 2009 at 11:35 pm

    Someone else mentioned it but no one has given a fix.

    I finally got everyhitng working, save for a few minor hiccups, and (final fantasy 8) i got into a battle and it didnt show the health/action command sections. which is kind of a gamebreaker so idk what to do, any help would be appreciated

  44. strategy games
    August 26, 2009 at 5:43 am

    great information.these instruction help me to play Sony PlayStation games on my PC.

  45. g.
    August 22, 2009 at 6:48 pm

    where can i get "gnupeteopengl2.dll" ... hard to find dude.

    • Simon Slangen
      September 18, 2009 at 3:00 pm

      Try a Google search for "gpupeteopengl2.dll"

  46. johnny
    August 10, 2009 at 7:19 pm

    hey, i really need some help figuring this stuff out hah.

    on the part where you say..."We’ll extract these files in the \bios directory (you can also delete the ‘erase.me’ file)"...i have downloaded the PSX BIO's and can see them in the winrar folder, but how do you extract them into the specific bio's folder on the ePSXe winrar folder?

    it's probably simple, but nothing i try seems to work.

    • Lee
      August 18, 2009 at 5:45 am

      You click "extract to" and then a box pops up and you find the bios folder on your computer (the one that should be extracted already, assuming you have downloaded and extracted your emulator) and click on it. Click ok and you are good to go.

  47. david riedel
    August 10, 2009 at 9:01 am

    Simon I do not own my playstation any longer. I do not own any games for it but I have the ROM files. I want to play them again but when I do all you say in the tutorial it will not let me uelse ROM fils it says I have to have a disk. Is there a way or another emulator i can use to allow me to play them just like with the visualboy advance emulator? Just a simple drag and drop thing? If so please let me know I really miss final fantasy 7

    • Simon Slangen
      September 18, 2009 at 2:58 pm

      You can play them without the disks, but it would probably be illegal.

  48. Cheesedude
    August 5, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    I installed this correctly but when I told it to play the disc, it told me my render texture was missing and there was no pixel format. How do I fix this?

    • Mostafa
      September 17, 2009 at 3:04 am

      hi, i have the same problem, did you find any solution?

    • Simon Slangen
      September 18, 2009 at 2:57 pm

      From the NGemu FAQ:

      * your CD may be corrupted. clean it off or make an ISO out of it.
      * try using a different graphics plugin
      * use a different emulator

  49. Anubis
    August 5, 2009 at 7:04 pm

    thx, but its not working here
    i only get a black screen when trying to play FF9
    i used PSXfin also, there i can see the Ps1 logo, but it stays there

    ati sapphire Hd 2600 Xt 512mb
    Quadcore 8200 at 2.33mhz
    asus k5kpl am se
    thats my rig somewhat
    know what it could be?
    tried different plugins also, no luck

    • Simon Slangen
      September 18, 2009 at 2:56 pm

      How about other games?

  50. bazooka
    August 5, 2009 at 10:10 am

    the problem is that they look extremely bad for a ps game...i think is because i don't know how to tweak the video options....can someone help??...ps: sorry for my english:D

    • Simon Slangen
      September 18, 2009 at 2:55 pm

      PSX games are really just outdated, you can't expect outstanding graphics from it - never mind the configuration.

  51. Tom
    August 5, 2009 at 10:05 am

    I got this to work :D I'm using the Wiimote Classic Controller, might buy a PS3 controller though. Thanks for this, Just been playing Spyro 3 and some Persona. Bit annoyed that all the screen kind of shakes, not the way a PS2 emu does though. I think I've pretty much turned my comp into the ultimte gaming machine (I have a Wii, PS2, N64, Dreamcast, MegaDrive, Sega CD, 32x, NES, SNES and a Gamecube emulator, other than PS2 and Wii it's all flawlessly run. I'm going to a fair few more though :D)

    • dzonis
      September 1, 2009 at 11:43 am

      try download sjboy emulator and you could play java phone games

  52. bazooka
    August 4, 2009 at 12:59 pm

    how can i make games look good???...there really ugly:(..pls help

    • Tom
      August 5, 2009 at 10:06 am

      By not playing PS1 games, they're PS1 games, did you expect really high quality from games that are nearly 10 years old?

  53. Jessica
    July 31, 2009 at 7:12 pm

    Thank you very much for this tutorial. It helped me set up my emulator very easy with no problem and now I can play all my games. :)

    • phil
      August 30, 2009 at 2:12 pm

      hey wud u mind adding me on msn n runnin through the steps from the start exactly how u did it, cos ive been trying all sorts week in week out but still not been able to solve my problems, please get back to me i wud appreciate it :) anyone??

    • phil
      August 30, 2009 at 2:16 pm

      hey wud u mind adding me on msn n runnin through the steps from the start exactly how u did it, cos ive been trying all sorts week in week out but still not been able to solve my problems, please get back to me i wud appreciate it :) anyone?? msn ---- p.dawber@hotmail.co.uk

  54. Yoshimitsuu
    July 28, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    Um, when i click on the thing for the zlib file it gives me error and says not found... why?

  55. sulaiman
    July 19, 2009 at 4:25 am

    my psx in running very fast why ?

  56. Simon Slangen
    July 18, 2009 at 9:53 am

    You can find games on the logical places - rapidshare, torrents, etc.

    Do know that it's illegal to download games you don't already own. However, a lot of these games' licenses have expired these days. You could always look for PS1 abandonware.

  57. Cem Ertem
    July 11, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    Thanks for very good articles!

  58. ketat
    July 7, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    plz tell me how to play playstation 2 on pc

    • Simon Slangen
      July 18, 2009 at 10:01 am

      Look at 'related articles' above, or use the search box. We've also written an article about PS2 emulation.

  59. Vincent
    July 7, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    excuse me could someone please help me ....
    I already did step 1-3 but step 4 and the others...
    the shortcut didn't open any website...
    please help me...

    • Simon Slangen
      July 18, 2009 at 10:00 am

      There are alternative mirrors posted in the comments.

  60. mpc
    July 4, 2009 at 1:05 am

    I LOVE YOU!!!!

    Thank you so much

    Now I can play Harvest Moon again!

  61. brandon
    June 22, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    oh and i 4got to say that only happens on FF8, legend of legaia works great

  62. brandon
    June 22, 2009 at 8:23 pm

    ok im having the same problem as another few plp up, i got it all working good, been playing legend of legaia (one of my favs) and just stated FF8, but as was said up there, once it goes into battle mode i can seen the baddies and my guys but no health or magic or even the attack area lol just have to keep clicking and lol where as that may work for first few lvls once get up in the game imma have to be able to see what im doing lol if any1 knows how to fix me let me know ty.

    • Simon Slangen
      July 18, 2009 at 9:59 am

      Probably an incompatibility problem. You should search the ePSXe forums (or plain ol' Google) for other reported problems and (hopefully) solutions.

  63. YASUKI
    June 18, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    hello Simon i already solve my problem "vgl extention" but now the new problem is, when i load the ISO it run too slow... GOSH pls help me urgently.... thank you

  64. YASUKI
    June 18, 2009 at 8:38 pm

    hello tnx for this website but i had a little problem using this emulator... When i open an ISO, there is nothing change but a dialog box saying "NO VGL EXTENSION". I dont know what to do in order to fix it... PLS help me. Thank you and god Bless

    • Simon Slangen
      July 18, 2009 at 9:58 am

      Google is your friend.

      • yasuki
        July 22, 2009 at 9:38 pm

        Hello simon , like what i said i already solve my problem about "no vgl extension"... but now my problem is about when i play it on computer, it run too slow asa slow as the effect in the matrix film..

        • Simon Slangen
          July 23, 2009 at 4:37 am

          You could try a different video codec, but it's probably a hardware problem.

  65. idkwhatmynameis
    June 15, 2009 at 10:34 pm

    hi simon i was going 2 ask that why when i extract the files it says what dew i wanna open it with is that normal?because it won't let me open that file.Could u help me?plz

    • Simon Slangen
      July 18, 2009 at 9:54 am

      No need to open them, just put 'em in the right places and the application will use them accordingly.

      • Vatasal
        January 21, 2010 at 5:29 am

        when i click run cd-rom my screen becomes black and an error comes missing textures.What I should do?

  66. noob
    June 13, 2009 at 4:57 pm

    hi simon. i just wanna ask if emulators are safe for your system? i mean will it not crash your motherboard/hard disk or anything like that?

    • Simon Slangen
      July 18, 2009 at 9:51 am

      If you push your system over the limit, anything can happen. But no, not likely - it's not like you're overclocking.

  67. cheena
    May 31, 2009 at 5:00 am

    could i play ps2 games on my pc without graphic card

  68. Sean
    May 17, 2009 at 9:52 am

    Game ROM Problem!!! DAMN!!!

    I can't seem to get the Game ROM files burned onto the CD-ROM.

    I'm using CDBurnerXP, and the files are under Temporary for some reason. Can I save the Temporary files to desktop or something to make it easier?

    • Simon Slangen
      July 18, 2009 at 9:50 am

      Possible, but not advised. Redownloading it might be a better solution. If you're really determined however, Google can tell you where to find the temp folder of the browser you're using.

  69. Sean
    May 17, 2009 at 8:16 am

    I seriously have this game, but it's had this GIGANTIC scratch. Last time I played it was when I was like 3.. I'm 14 now LOL. I really do miss this game.

    Thanks for this info, I learned about game ROMs just an hour ago and I've been wanting to play this. I downloaded the game ROM and I just need to download the emulater.

  70. hellmaskker
    April 27, 2009 at 10:20 pm

    i love epsxe i`ve used it for quite some time the only problem is that the new versions can`t handle games like final fantasy VII that`s why i keep usin 1.5.2 it never fails me and if anyone has problems with the video i found a good tutorial http://sachushead.blogspot.com/

  71. Ejiseru
    April 22, 2009 at 10:03 pm

    i did the steps but when i start to play my cd it plays for a few seconds then it hangs the system! help!

  72. Exceidion
    April 14, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    The link for zlib.dll is dead..
    please re-upload file...
    huuhh... -__-

  73. asdf
    April 11, 2009 at 10:33 am

    When I open my ePSXe emulator it will say 'no WGL extentions',

  74. Jordan
    March 29, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    thx for this post
    its jordan and
    i dont seem to understand whats going on
    im new at this though and horrible at programming and all
    1) i put in the bios but how do you put in images?
    2) how do you run .rar files?

    i was trying to run it but it didnt work.. so.. rawrrr haha

    • Simon Slangen
      March 30, 2009 at 12:02 pm

      1) file -> run ISO
      2) WinRAR or 7-Zip

  75. Acadien
    March 16, 2009 at 5:52 am

    Alright questions. <>

    I did all you're step one by one and everything working well until being inside a game.

    Exemple: Ive downloaded Chronos Chross on "Roms Hustler", downloaded all this files i needed ( which is 21 Files ), and extrated "only the first" files of the 21.

    The game start and everything, but it had serious lagging problems, i don't think it because of my PC so.. How do i fix that??

    • Simon Slangen
      March 20, 2009 at 2:51 pm

      I guess there's either a problem with the ROM, or with the speed of your computer - though you ought to have a pretty slow computer for that matter.

  76. Hamziga :D
    March 15, 2009 at 10:27 am

    where can i download video plugins?? pls help

  77. bunts
    March 6, 2009 at 11:07 pm

    u can download all playstation file at 4shared.com

  78. Peter
    March 6, 2009 at 11:49 am

    is there any way to play Final Fantasy 7,8,9?
    they are only games i play.. T.T

    • Simon Slangen
      March 7, 2009 at 7:17 am

      Of course, any PS1/PSX game you want.

  79. Justine
    February 12, 2009 at 9:13 pm

    For adding zlib1.dll , it says that I'm not allowed to acess it?

    • Simon Slangen
      February 17, 2009 at 2:19 pm

      Hmmm... Try doing it the other way. Copy all other files in a folder that contains zlib1.dll

      Not the most conventional thing, but improvising can usually get you a long way when computers refuse to work with you.

  80. matt
    February 1, 2009 at 12:42 am

    I would like to know how toburn allthe ps1 games onto my Nero burner so that I can play them on my PS1 not my computer. I onlyhave about a 100 games or s,as you can see I need toburna lot more games for my system. Call me at (631)742-07777 after 9ameatern time toguide me personally on my computer. thank you

  81. vincent
    January 28, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    I can't seem to be able to find video plugins.. anyone have a direct link? I went to the link above and kept clickign "download here" and it keeps goign back to the same page i get no download. I even registered.. any help is appreciated.

  82. Luke
    January 9, 2009 at 2:44 pm

    How do you use psx emulator ROMS to play a game? Do you have to create an ISO image with a ROM? How is this done?

  83. david
    January 6, 2009 at 11:22 am


    I want to the opposite thing i want to play a normal CD ROM game on my playstation 1, how to do that please email me at daveyehuda@gmail.com

  84. Rob
    January 3, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    Whenever I click on File > Run ISO, the screen goes black and nothing happens. Help?

    • Simon Slangen
      January 4, 2009 at 7:56 am

      There are a few possibilities:
      - BIOS problem (do you get to see the SONY screen?), try changing your bios in the settings.
      - Graphics plug-in, try changing that one

      - If you get to see the SONY screen, and the game doesn't run with any graphics plug-in, you're probably just trying to run a too heavy game.

  85. Mohd Athaullah
    December 30, 2008 at 3:21 am

    I am unable to configure to play play starion 2 games on pc. i m using "ePSXe" softeare. so, if any body knows, plz send me detail how to configure and which software is good suatable for play.

  86. Soulz
    November 22, 2008 at 12:26 pm

    how to sav game o???????

  87. Amy
    November 6, 2008 at 10:10 pm

    I had this working. Then I tried to use the Philips PC controller. Now I can’t get it to work again. Any ideas?

    I returned the Philips Controller and got the Logitech Dual Action Controller. Still doesn't work.

    Can anyone help me?

    • Simon Slangen
      November 7, 2008 at 1:58 am

      Perhaps you could try reinstalling or using another controller driver.

  88. dacubanpapi
    October 28, 2008 at 6:37 pm

    I dont have any PS1 CDs Where can i go to download PS1 games so i can use my emulator. Just want to download and play just like my nintendo emulator.

  89. Amy
    October 25, 2008 at 6:58 pm

    I had this working. Then I tried to use the Philips PC controller. Now I can't get it to work again. Any ideas?

  90. wish
    October 25, 2008 at 9:34 am

    Ok thx billy... Btw i have some problem when running ff8 in epsxe 17.0
    When i'm trying to run iso, my screen turn black and nothing happen..
    Anyone could help me?? Thx

    • sparx
      December 23, 2008 at 8:29 am

      i have the same problem
      it would be nice if anyone could help us
      help plz

  91. wish
    October 24, 2008 at 5:39 am

    Hi simon do u know where i can dwnld psx game in iso or anything??

    • billy
      October 25, 2008 at 7:42 am

      go on emuparadise.com you find ISO downloads

  92. billy
    October 18, 2008 at 10:46 am

    I donno how to turn my downloaded psx file into iso with nero8! Help me simon or others

    • Simon Slangen
      October 18, 2008 at 10:48 am

      What extention is the file? Maybe I can help.

  93. billy
    October 18, 2008 at 7:03 am

    I will try other programs and tell you! Thnx for this quick answer ,

  94. billy
    October 18, 2008 at 7:01 am

    IM currently using winrar

  95. billy
    October 17, 2008 at 10:00 am

    I can't extract the bios files in the BIOS Directory! THEY are not being copied when i copy them from my bios file TO the Bios directory

    • Simon Slangen
      October 17, 2008 at 10:09 am

      What program do you use to extract them from the *.zip file? Try using another program; WinRAR if you're using 7zip and vice versa.

  96. Kevin
    September 28, 2008 at 12:04 am

    Grrr it cut my first message off. here it is again. Ok i love the idea of the program. and of course bein a HUGE Final Fantasy fan i played FF7 first. i found that when you enter the battle sequence you cant see your health meters which is a major problem. any idea how to fix this?

  97. Kevin
    September 28, 2008 at 12:03 am

    Oh thanks for posting this. forgot to mention that. thats my only problem so far. ill let you know if i have any more questions.

  98. Kevin
    September 28, 2008 at 12:01 am

    Ok i love the idea of the program. and of course bein a HUGE Final Fantasy fan i played FF7 first. i found that when you enter the battle sequence you cant see your health meters which is a major problem. any idea how to fix this?

    • Simon Slangen
      September 18, 2009 at 3:05 pm

      set your compatibility section up like this and set texture quality to the highest.

      - Offscreen drawing: 3
      - Framebuffer texture: 2
      - Framebuffer access: 4
      - Alpha multipass: on
      - Mask bit: on
      - Advanced blending: hardware

      source: forums.ngemu.com/...

      • Meezy
        January 13, 2010 at 10:19 pm

        do i need to burn a psx game in order to play it?

  99. ryan
    September 15, 2008 at 5:01 pm

    Well the new game the force is coming out tomorrow and i just wanted to know if i downloaded this game would i be able to maybe get it to work with this emulator. Im not to computer savy but wow with the instruction on this sight even I think i can kinda figured out how to install it kinda. So tonight ill try but i was just wondering if i may be able to play the Force Unleashed.

  100. pedro
    September 1, 2008 at 4:24 pm

    i cannot do this... please, if you can do me a favor, send a link when can i free download crash bash and play in my PC!

  101. ep
    August 21, 2008 at 2:42 am


    easier and includes 7 games.
    down the torrent and love your psx!

  102. Dea
    August 16, 2008 at 11:50 pm

    I'm having a problem with the video configure. (nothing seems to be wroking) i followed all the directions & now i'm stuck..im not too good with computers,so can someone tell me what i should do?

    • Simon
      September 21, 2008 at 4:25 am

      Have you tried alternative video plug-ins? (see 'Step 3 - Getting Image')

  103. aukienmeng
    August 16, 2008 at 4:27 am

    can you teach me why i cant hear any sound when i play ps game?
    help me

    • Simon
      September 21, 2008 at 4:24 am

      Check out 'Step 4 - Make Some Noise'

  104. bc
    August 3, 2008 at 4:23 am

    I've played psx games on my PC all these years using "virtual game station"

  105. Joe
    July 29, 2008 at 8:27 am

    I realize this is about the PS1, but FWI PS2 emulation is crap on most PCs. What these fan boy articles dont tell you is that PS2 games are need a minimum of a fast dual core CPU system. Ive been to these website where fanboys tell you the PS2 emulators work but they are lying. Also many games simply dont work or get buggy at some point in the game because of a timing issue that only the PS2 system works with. How would you like to play a game for 2 hours only to lose it all on a bug? The problem programmers are having is that if they fix only thing, its screws something on another game up. The PS3 emulator for the PS2 cant unscrew Sonys timing mess. Next time some company goes out of its way to create super security, they should remember not to try so hard they screw themselves. Unless you are bored to tears this is a waste of your time. BTW there are emulators for other consoles and you can get a joy stick to USB adapter if you want to use the original consoles joysticks. I cant bother with PS1 games, mostly brainless shoot-em-up games stuff. PS2 picked it up a little but consoles have a long way to go before they get to complexity of PC games. Problem is that PC games require more intelligence to make and more testing costs and PC users pirate everything these days. There is no money in it. Crysis still hasnt sold as many game as Grand Theft sold in 3 months.

    • CPU
      December 10, 2009 at 10:28 pm

      I was looking through this artical and I found it interesting, but I don't think it is what I am looking for. I am sort of new to this whole thing and I really need some advice, how would I just convert my video game files so they work for pc? It's originally for psp, but I was wondering how would I change them so they work for my pc? If anybody knows how please tell me. Thank you.

  106. Tyler
    July 28, 2008 at 10:06 pm

    Pretty sweet tutorial, gonna try this for sure, thanks.

  107. graphicartist2k5
    July 28, 2008 at 2:25 pm

    gee, now i can do what i've been doing for years now. epsxe isn't anything new. i've run it on a celeron processor before.

  108. LogicWhitney
    July 28, 2008 at 1:58 pm

    Even budget PCs can emulate PSX now, I've been doing it maybe seven years. Anything P4 or greater probably works. However, good luck with PS2. My core 2 duo 3.0ghz 4GB DDR2 machine barely runs PS2 playably.

  109. Ed
    July 28, 2008 at 12:36 pm

    I find PSX (psxemulator.gazaxian.com) a far better emulator and easier to setup. No tinkering with plug-ins.

    Check it out!

  110. NIkko
    July 28, 2008 at 12:01 pm

    PSXe man i thought everyone knew this.....

  111. nttbeats
    July 28, 2008 at 11:10 am

    I remember almost 10 years ago Bleem! came out emulating the PSX and was in stores such as Best Buy. It worked pretty well.

  112. Alan
    July 28, 2008 at 9:55 am

    When do we get Part 2?

    • kyle
      July 28, 2008 at 10:24 am

      When he gets out of jail for pirating bios images.

  113. Jim Dom
    July 28, 2008 at 11:00 am

    I have used Emulators (Emu's) for years. they are available for ALL the popular consoles and ROMS (games) are abundant if you know where to look.


  114. depr
    July 27, 2008 at 6:16 am

    The BIOS files are illegal to have regardless of whether or not you own the console.

    • John Baima
      July 27, 2008 at 9:46 am


    • fastbast
      July 28, 2008 at 3:59 pm

      that's stupid. the bios is IN the console, you already own it if you have one. if you dump it yourself, and copy or use your own games, the use of epsxe or any other emulator is completely legal.

  115. Keith
    July 26, 2008 at 2:19 pm

    I just dug out my PSX to play some of the old games not to long ago. I guess now I can play them on the go.

  116. asdf
    July 26, 2008 at 2:00 pm

    while this is a great article its also a bit old, I have been playing PSX games on my computer for ages already.

    • Simon
      July 26, 2008 at 5:34 pm

      True, emulating is nothing new, but there are a lot of people who don't know (how to do) it.

      • Sam
        February 9, 2010 at 10:08 pm

        hey like me ! im a twit! whenever i try to download the video plug-ins, it tells me that the link is broken. Same goes for zlib1.

        Please, help me?

    • James
      July 29, 2008 at 10:33 am

      Yeah It is old. I have a better emulator. Its called PSXfin. It could run any format of images like .img .cdz .bin .iso and .mds, and any psx cd-rom that you have. I tried epsxe and it never worked for me. Even with the configuration files it never worked.

    • CAMRY grande
      September 21, 2008 at 3:03 am

      OK... How can I get the games? I need a way to play without using PS CDs... I just want to insert the file in the emulator & that's it ( like super nintendo emulator )... So is there anyway to do so?

      • Simon
        September 28, 2008 at 4:28 am

        Sure, you need to make an ISO of your game. To do this, just use Nero or CDBurnerXP (dl-link).

        To play, select 'run ISO' in the 'File' drop down menu.

        • Nice
          November 10, 2009 at 9:06 pm

          Easier said,PSX games are rar. files and that cd burner wont reconize or let me convert to iso's, Is there a way just
          to convert a rar to whatever it needs to be and put it in a folder on drive offcouarse and just play the damm thing?

  117. John Baima
    July 26, 2008 at 1:06 pm

    With the right driver you can use your PS3 controller via its USB cable thingy. I finished Spyro 2: Ripto's Rage with 100% completion (again) on my PC with my PS3 controller in this manner :D

    • Simon
      July 26, 2008 at 5:32 pm

      Find more about it here.

      How to Use a PS3 Controller on a PC

      Great tip, by the way.

    • Hunter
      December 20, 2009 at 11:56 am

      i cant get spyro to work on mine it wont read it because its not the right file type how can i get it to work?