ePSXe: The Emulator of Choice

There are quite a few free PlayStation emulators out there from which to choose. Out of the ones we tested, PCSX and ePSXe were the most compatible and fastest. We decided to go with ePSXe because it was faster than the others, very popular in the community, and still being developed (as far as we can tell).

This is the main ePSXe interface window.

The PSEmu Pro (a discontinued free PlayStation emulator) plugin standard, which ePSXe (and many others) uses, allows the main emulator to separate itself from the very long list of hardware that it would otherwise have to support. The PlayStation emulator is free simply to emulate the core of the PlayStation while offloading sound, graphics, and I/O to different plugins written for different hardware and operating system environments.

Sure, it's possible to get some degree of functionality out of pure software plugins, but why not take advantage of hardware accelerated OpenGL, DirectX, or even Glide based graphics plugins? Smart CDRom plugins can implement aggressive caching and read ahead in order to speed up CD load times; controller plugins can take advantage of all types of joysticks and gamepads. Rather than simply relying on the CPU to emulate an entire system (as was the case with older emulators), we can make use of our entire PC.

Depending on what we want to do with our emulator, the graphics subsystem can be fairly heavily taxed, even making use of some pretty cool pixel shaders. Let's take a look at what goes into PSX emulator graphics.

Index PlayStaiton Graphics


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  • Cygni - Thursday, March 4, 2004 - link

    I didnt see this one commin! Cool idea guys. Ive never really seen this done to any extent on a hardware site before. Reply
  • gaidin123 - Thursday, March 4, 2004 - link

    ePSXe is pretty much the standard if you are trying to play original Playstation games. Any modern system can run them pretty much full speed but I think this is just yet another piece of a neverending puzzle in comparing different graphics cards. Some people will find data like this important.

    I found ePSXe a while back and replayed Chrono Cross, one of the best RPGs out there imho. ePSXe runs pretty well on my laptop with the Intel 855 onboard graphics and it would be nice to know how the emulator runs on integrated graphics chipsets/laptops (mini-itx boards, onboard Via, Intel, Sis, Ati, nVidia chipsets) in addition to normal cards like the ones tested here.

  • Souka - Thursday, March 4, 2004 - link


    Wonder how many flames this thread will get? :)

  • pxc - Thursday, March 4, 2004 - link

    April Fools day came almost a month early this year? Reply
  • apkwebs - Friday, August 24, 2018 - link

    ePSXe for Android is a very modest version of the classic PlayStation One emulator for PC that works perfectly on Android devices. Can I use <a href="https://apkwebs.com/download-epsxe/">ePSXe Apk</a> on my One-plus android phone? Reply
  • apkwebs - Friday, August 24, 2018 - link

    ePSXe for Android is a very modest version of the classic PlayStation One emulator for PC that works perfectly on Android devices. Can I use https://apkwebs.com/download-epsxe on my One-plus android phone? Reply
  • apkwebs - Monday, October 1, 2018 - link

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