Today you can play any Play Station 1 game on your computer with a few simple steps. Below is the complete guide with all the explanations you need to start this form of gaming. Don’t forget that even older computers can run games developed for PS1. Anyway, follow the exact steps.
1. Download an emulator
An emulator is a piece of software that simulates another operating system. In this case, an emulator will simulate the operative system of Sony Play Station 1. There are a lot of different emulators such as Mednafen or RetroArch and many others. The Mednafen is an advanced emulator that comes with all kinds of options and supports many different platforms besides the Play Station 1. RetroArch is versatile emulator as well, but in the core, it is based on the Mednafen. Once you are done downloading the emulator, run it.
2. Download ROMs
PlayStation 1 ROMs are some of the most common and the most popular files on the web. You can find any game you like and download it directly to your computer. All emulators need ROMs to operate. In the lack of a better word, this is a special copy of the game that preserves all the data and information regarding that very game.
Yes, you can make a ROM file all by yourself but you will need special software and you will need gadgets to connect the hardware. It is much easier to simply go and download all the games you need. We should add that you can place all the files in one folder or in separate folders according to the game’s name.
3. Load the ROM
Now you will have to load the ROM file. This step is the same for all emulators and it is identical in most cases. Simply load or open the ROM file and the game will start. After that, you will have to use your keyboard to navigate the menu of the game and play.
4. Add controller (optional)
For some of you playing a PS1 game on a keyboard isn’t an option. After all, you won’t get the desired effect. The secret is in the ability to connect controllers to the PC and use it for playing a game. In most situations, you will have to configure a controller and to activate it, but some emulators will do this instead of you. There are no limits and you can use all kinds of controllers you like. There are cheap Play Station 1replica controllers online that look the same and have the same controls, but are designed for computers.
Freedom of configuration
You can check the menu of an emulator you are using and change literally anything you like in the game. You are able to change the controls, to configure them as you like and also to use cheats. Cheats are one of the most common additional features gamers need and you can use them on most emulators. But, each cheat is developed for a specific game only and it will work only in that very game. You need to find the accurate cheats for a game you are playing and only then you can use them.
The final word
Even if you don’t have Play Station 1 console or it is broken you can play any game using your computer. It is an extremely simple step and you will need a couple of minutes to start playing any game you like. Once you are done, exit the emulator and you can continue using the Windows or Linux operating system as you always have.