PS1 Emulators

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The original Sony PlayStation is now considered a true classic console as well as genuinely being a retro console (it launched in 1994!), so PS1 emulators are now reaching the point where they are delivering excellent performance on most devices.

So let’s waste no more time and recommend the a selection PS1 emulators for you.

PS1 Emulator For PC & Linux

DuckStation is now considered the better PS1 emulator for Windows PC & Linux, pushing the likes of ePSXe to the wayside.

Whilst ePSXe and Mednafen have both led the way for PS1 emulation, DuckStation has come along with a focus on playability, speed & long-term maintenance in mind.

It balances accuracy and performance, enabling support for as many lower-specification systems as possible. It is also worth noting that DuckStation requires a PS1 ROM file to boot games, our DuckStation guide provides full setup instructions.

PS1 Emulator For Windows PC & Linux - DuckStation
PS1 Emulator For Windows PC & Linux – DuckStation

Users of Dolphin, the GameCube emulator, may notice some similarities between DuckStation and Dolphin. This is because the UI of DuckStation was essentially copied from Dolphin because of its UX-led design. Not a bad move, as DuckStation is one of the easiest PS1 emulators to use.

Whilst DuckStation will work on a wide range of systems, it is recommended you use at least an x86 64-Bit, AArch32/armv7, or AArch64/ARMv8 CPU.

In terms of utilising hardware rendering, a GPU capable of OpenGL 3.1/OpenGL ES 3.0/Direct3D 11 Feature Level 10.0 (or Vulkan 1.0) and above, which pretty much covers any GPU made in the last 10 years, so most users will be absolutely fine.

Features Include:-

  • Hardware (D3D11, D3D12, OpenGL, Vulkan) & Software Rendering
  • Resolution upscaling & Texture filtering
  • PGXP geometry precision, depth buffer emulation & texture correction
  • Post-processing shader chains
  • Fast Boot
  • Save states
  • Namco GunCon Lightgun emulation (Mouse controlled)
  • NeGcon support
  • Auto updates
  • Auto switch memory cards by game
  • Cheats
  • CPU overclocking
  • Multitap controller (up to 8 controllers)
  • RetroAchievements

PS1 Emulator For Mac

OpenEmu is the best choice for PS1 emulation on Mac devices running MacOS.

As you may already know, OpenEmu is a multi-system emulator, meaning it not only just emulates the PS1, it offers emulation for over 30 systems!

PS1 Emulator For Mac - OpenEmu
PS1 Emulator For Mac – OpenEmu

OpenEmu is similar to RetroArch in that it is actually a front-end for emulation, rather than an emulator itself. It runs emulator ‘cores’, again the same as RetroArch, to help deliver a wide range of emulated systems.

It utilises the Mednafen core for PS1 emulation, which is regarded as one of the top PlayStation 1 emulators out there. Its performance is excellent whilst also delivering a high-quality, accurate emulation experience.

OpenEmu is not only a powerful application but is certainly one of the most attractive looking retro game emulators out there, with really visually pleasing game ROM library management options.

OpenEmu's Game Management Library Features Look Great!
OpenEmu’s Game Management Library Features Look Great!

OpenEmu Features Include:-

  • Premium Metal API scaling & multithreaded playback
  • Real-time 3D effects & image processing
  • Video filters
  • Full-screen mode
  • ROM scanning functionality
  • Cover art
  • ROM hack compatibility
  • Attractive UI and library to keep your ROM collection in order
  • Save states
  • A wide range of gamepads supported

PS1 Emulator For Android

DuckStation is the go to PS1 emulator for Android devices and is the definitive way to play your favourite PS1 games on the go.

DuckStation on Android offers a high rate of compatibility, excellent performance and a great array of tools to improve the way your PS1 games look.

You can get your PS1 games looking incredible with the tools available. Resolution upscaling goes all the way to 16x (you only need 5x for 1080p upscaling!). Additional features such as multisample antialiasing and texture filtering will get all of the jagged edges and textures smoothed out and rendered to appear almost PS2 quality!

DuckStation’s simplicity is what really sets it apart. It pretty much auto-configures for an optimum experience upon installation. If you have a controller connected via Bluetooth, this again is automatically configured for use.

Emulator For Android - DuckStation
PS1 Emulator For Android – DuckStation

Features Include:-

  • Linear/Integer Upscaling
  • Resolution Upscaling (Up to 16x)
  • Multisample Antialiasing
  • True Color Rendering
  • Scaled Dithering
  • Texture Filtering
  • Widescreen Hack
  • Save State (Save State on Exit)
  • Fast Forward/Pause Emulation
  • Boot from disc – Use your original PS1 game discs with DuckStation
  • Disc Change Option
  • Themes
  • On-Screen Touch Controls
  • Bluetooth/USB Controller Compatible
  • Cheats
  • RetroAchievements

Recommended PS1 Emulators

We’ve covered the top picks above, but if you’re not getting on with any of these, check out some of the other PS1 emulators that are available. There are some great alternatives here, including the well-established PCSX-Reloaded and ePSXe.

Emulator NameSystemsRating
DuckStationWindows PC, macOS, Linux, Android9.0
RetroArchWindows PC, macOS, Linux, Android9.0
MednafenWindows PC, macOS, Linux, Android8.5
PCSX-ReloadedWindows PC, macOS, Linux, Android7.5
ePSXeWindows PC, macOS, Linux, Android7.5
XEBRAWindows PC, Android6.0

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