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How To play Sony PlayStation (PSX) Games

on your PC
Im sure most of you have heard of
emulation somewhere. So what is it
exactly?

Wikipedia says that an emulator duplicates the functions of one system, using a different
system, so that the second system behaves like (and appears to be) the first system. This means
that we can make our PC mimic a specific system, which thereby enables us to run those systemspecific games on our computers.
In this series, well take a closer look at the software needed to run PSX, PS2 and Xbox games
on your PC. This time well discuss Sonys Playstation (PSX) and the ePSXe emulation
software.

Part One PlayStation 1


A lot of people had fun with the first PlayStation, including me, and we cant seem to get rid of it
(in a good way). All of the original PlayStation games were playable on the PlayStation 2, and
most of them on the PLAYSTATION 3. These days you can even play them on your PSP, so why
not on our PC as well?
To play Playstation 1 games on your PC, you need to download a program called ePSXe.
Step 1 Download and install ePSXe

The latest version can always be found here.


As theres no installer, you just have to unzip it in the folder of your choice. Youll also want
some shortcuts, so right-click on the ePSXe.exe, send to and choose desktop.

Step 2 Getting the PSXs BIOS

The installation is far from complete though, as this is only the base of the emulator. Among the
other things were going to need are the PSXs BIOS files. These are essential for the emulation,
but there is a catch.
You are only allowed to own these files if you also own a PSX. Make Use Of does NOT
encourage piracy!
You can obtain the BIOS in two ways. You can dump it from your PSX, but that is the long
route. You can also download it somewhere (direct link here), but again, only if you actually own
a PSX.
Well extract these files in the \bios directory (you can also delete the erase.me file)

Step 3 Getting image

Again, we are not ready yet. Next we need the video plug-in.
Theres a wide variety of video plug-ins available, and (depending on your graphics card) some
might work better for you than others, so I cant tell you which one to use. I can point you in the

right direction though, as Petes and P.E.Op.S. plug-ins have made a good name for themselves.
If these do not work (well), try out a few and see which works best (all Linux plug-ins are at the
bottom of the page).
Were going to extract the downloaded package(s) into the \plugins directory. You might need to
overwrite the gpu.dat file.
Step 4 Make some noise (optional)

The ePSXe core has built in sound plug-ins, but in case they didnt work for you, check here for
alternatives (scroll down a bit). You can put these plug-ins in the \plugins directory.
Step 5 Disk driver plug-ins (optional)

The ePSXe core also has built in plug-ins for your disk drive, but in case they didnt work for
you, check here for alternatives (about halfway down the page). You can put these plug-ins in the
\plugins directory.
Step 6 adding zlib1.dll

In their haste to please us, the developers of ePSXe forgot to add zlib.dll to the latest release (v
1.70). You can get it here (just drop it in the same directory as ePSXe.exe).
Step 7 configuring ePSXe

Youve got all the files you need now and are just a few steps away from playing your games.
Upon opening ePSXe.exe, or the shortcut you made to it on your desktop, you will encounter a
configuration wizard.

First you select the correct BIOS for your region (PAL being Europe, Australia and a part of
Asia). Youll notice that there are different alternatives for your region, but all should work.
Next, select your video driver. When you press Config, you can change the video settings (like
screen resolution, FPS limit, and so on. Apart from the resolution, only change these settings if
you know what youre doing.
Press next and select your sound plug-in and CD-ROM plug-in.
Last but not (at all!) least, you can configure your controller settings. First press on the controller
you want to configure. In my opinion, the two best options here are either using a gamepad
(USB, or an original one with a converter), or your keyboard (Digital in the menu).

Step 8 Boot and play

Finally, in the file menu, either choose run CDROM or run ISO to start playing!

You can make ISOs of your PSX games without special procedures. Just use Nero, or another
CD burning suite.
Be sure to look out for the next articles in this series, where well take a closer look at
PlayStation 2 and Xbox emulation.

How to play Sony PlayStation 2 Games on your PC

In the previous installment of these emulation series, you saw how to play Sony PlayStation
(PSX) games on your PC.
Many of you told me (in the comments here and on Digg.com) how the first PlayStation was too
outdated, and thus not interesting. Pass, one might say.
Because of that and because it was planned anyway, well raise the stakes a bit. This time, well
be discussing emulation of PlayStation 2 games.

How to Playstation 2 Games on PC


First of all a warning. Many of you will not be able to run these games properly. Theyll lag on
a lot of PCs. On some of them theyll lag even more. When emulating PlayStation 2 and Xbox
games, you always have to keep in mind the next equasion:
Your computer is X <=> PlayStation 2/Xbox games will play (like) X-1

To remove the above mentioned -1 factor, you can pay more attention to the specific type of
game youre trying to play. Naturally, visually simple games like Disgaea will run smoother
than 3D, over the top graphical shooters, like Black. In short, your computer will never
completely be a PlayStation 2.
Well be guiding you through this process in a few simple steps.
Step 1 Download and install PCSX2

PCSX2 comes in two packages. A binary package (which you have to un7zip) and an installation
file. Just install or extract it to the folder of your choice.
Step 2 Getting the BIOS files

Contrary to the first PlayStation, the PlayStation 2 uses several BIOS files. Basically, these are
the hardest to find. Because they are copyrighted material, you are only allowed to own these
files if you also own a PlayStation 2. MakeUseOf does NOT encourage piracy! This is also the
reason why its illegal to host these files online. If you actually own a PlayStation 2 though, its
not illegal to download them (laws may differ in your country).
So now you basically have two options layed out for you. You can either dump them from your
PlayStation 2 yourself, or find someone else who dumped them and who put the files online. On
this last website you can find the ROM1, eROM and the SECAM-, NTSC- and PAL BIOS files
youll need. Again, you mustnt download them if you dont have a PlayStation 2. You can put
these files in a folder of youre choice.
Step 3 Running PCSX2 and configuring BIOS, video and controller input

The program comes in two different versions. One version uses TLB (pcsx2t.exe), the other one
Virtual Memory (pcsx2.exe). First of all, try running the VM version. The program will try to
reallocate the memory, after which you have to log off and on again. If it fails to do so, youll
have to use the TLB version. This one is somewhat slower, but according to the developers the
speed difference is not that great.
After youve started up, select Config -> Configure.

First, were going to configure our BIOS. Press Set Bios Directory and select the folder where
youve put your BIOS files. Back in the Configuration screen, select the correct region from the
Bios drop-down menu. You might want to change this now and then, depending on your games.

Next, the video plug-ins. PCSX2 comes with ZeroGS KOSMOS and GSdx9 plug-ins. A Ps2
Output window (which looks similar to the command screen) normally opened when you started
PCSX2. Else, temporarily close the Configuration screen, select Misc -> Enable Console and
restart the program. In this Ps2 Output screen, look if Detected SSE2 is stated under Features. If
not, you might want to choose the no SSE2 video plug-in.

If you press the Configure button under the video drop-down menu, you can tweak graphic
related options like screen size, toggle full-screen, anti-aliasing and more.
As for the controller, I highly recommend LilyPad. This is one of the most adjustable plug-ins.
You can use keyboard, mouse and controller input. There even is a setting so you can use your

Guitar Hero guitar.


Just download it here, and drop it in the plugins directory. If youve used the installer, that would
be C:\Program Files\Pcsx2_0.9.4\plugins .
Re-open the Configuration screen, select LilyPad from the drop-down menu and press configure.
In the General tab, you can tweak various settings. Select the Pad 1 or Pad 2 tab to configure
the keys.
Step 4 Test-driving and alternative plug-ins

With everything set up, its about time for a test-drive. Were going to look if everything works
as it should, and look which points need more improvement.
We can boot the games, depending on the plug-in we use, either by CD/DVD or by using an
image file. The standard configuration uses Linuzappz, which is able to boot ISOs and other
image files. To do this, just select File -> Run CD/DVD.
If you want to boot from a disc instead, go back to the configuration screen and select the
P.E.Op.S driver from the Cdvdrom dropdown menu. Press configure to select an interface (based
on your operating system) and the drive you want to use. Confirm your configuration and youre
ready to roll. Select File -> Run CD/DVD to boot from the chosen drive.

At this point youll be prompted for a date and a timezone, after which the game will start. If
youve got problems with the graphics or sound, try using one of the the other plug-ins. You can
get more additional plug-ins here.
If youre still having problems, check the compatibility status of your game here.
Have fun!