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Some of the most memorable gaming experiences I had when I was young was on my PlayStation and for the first time I was able to play multi-player games with my brother before I got into online games for the PC. Even though I luckily still have my original console today, I always wanted to be able to play all of the classic games I enjoyed on the TV – on my PC. Which lead to my search for emulators such as ePSXe, which stands for ‘enhanced PSX emulator’. It currently works on Windows and Linux for free download from their website and also on Android for $3.61, which I have also tested. In order to play games on this emulator you will need ROMs – these are the games from the original PlayStation disks stored in files to be used by the emulator. The best site for these can be found here. After you’ve downloaded the games you want you’ll need a special BIOS file to run the emulator. It gets fairly confusing but all you need to do is download this file and save it to a file called ‘bios’ in your ePSXe directory once you’ve installed it. You may be asked to install a GPU plugin but if you are having problems visit their website.
Now you are all ready to play!
Overall, this emulator is exactly what it should be: it’s light-weight, doesn’t get it the way and runs each game with ease and with high FPS. The only problem I’ve had with the emulator is, in traditional PlayStation fashion, the need to restart the emulator every time you decide to change the game. I have a feeling that this has something to do with the DOS mounting and that the program requires a restart in order to “de-mount” each game, but this doesn’t inhibit the experience too much as the program’s start time is very fast. Surely this will be addressed in later updates. Another problem I faced was the keymapping – I had to go through all the default settings and apply new key bindings that suited me. It has compatibility for controllers which would greatly increase the experience but you’ll need a modern one that has a USB plug.
Android – worth the cost?
If I had gone to all this trouble to bring these classics to PC, why not bring them to my Android phone for portable use? Frankly I must say that unless you have an Android tablet, I wouldn’t recommend purchasing this for your phone unless you have a Galaxy S4. The game simply requires too much power and will overheat your phone within the first 10 minutes of play, but it is definately worth the price if you are willing to buy it for use on a tablet. Another problem with playing this on a small device is the inability to resize the controller buttons, even if you have small hands you’re going to struggle to get the full experience out of it (I gave up after a few minutes). Again this may be revised with future updates, so it’s worth looking out for.
“No sign of intelligent life anywhere” – Buzz
Considering it’s free and, aside from the Android app, it has an easy to use interface that doesn’t get in the way of you and your PlayStation classics. So if you’re keen to revisit some childhood memories – what are you waiting for!