PlayStation

PSX Emulators

About the PlayStation

Sony PSX EmulatorsThe PlayStation, which is sometimes refereed to as the PS, PS1 and PSX  was Son’y first real foray into the video game console market. Releasing in 1994 in Japan and then 1995 in North America and the rest of the world, the PlayStation went on to become the biggest selling console of the fifth generation of video game consoles, and the first ever video game console to sell over 100 million units. It was the PlayStations and Sony’s jump start into becoming one of the most formidable opponents in the gaming world.

The PlayStation’s biggest competitors during the fifth generation of video game consoles was the Nintendo 64 and the Sega Saturn. Despite going up against incredibly stiff competition with video game giants Nintendo and Sega dominating the market, the PlayStation managed to overcome both of them, overtaking that of the Nintendo 64 and leaving the Sega Saturn in distant third place. One of the biggest advantages of the PlayStation was that it relied on discs, though cartridges were an awful lot faster and didn’t suffer as many durability issues, they just didn’t have the same storage space that a CD could provide. CD’s were an awful lot cheaper to produce, something that appealed heavily to publishers as there wasn’t as significant of a risk to produce large quantities of a game.

PlayStation (PSX) emulation is fairly complete, with the vast majority of games able to run flawlessly with no major issues, the focus of most PSX emulators have now turned to focus on increasing the accuracy and speed of their emulation over trying to increase compatibility. This is alongside increasing features such as being able to successfully render PSX games at higher internal resolutions. There is several great PlayStation emulators, though most are plugin based, ePXSE, PCSX-R are both highly capable emulators.

 

PSX Emulators

ePSXe is regarded as one of the best PS1 Emulators around thanks to its high compatibility and fast emulation speed. ePSXe manages to emulate almost every PSX Game available successfully.

PCXS Reloaded is a popular open-source PSX emulator. PCSX Reloaded’s compatibility is on par with that of ePSXe and offers similar performance.

No$PSX is a no thrills PSX emulator that doesn’t require a copy of the bios. It can run almost every PS1 game. The only downside to No$PSX is that if offers no enhancement features.

pSX is a PlayStation 1 emulator that claims to emulate the PSX hardware fully. While not as developed as ePSXe or PCSX reloaded, it should offer decent compatibility.

PSXeven is a speedy emulator for the PlayStation 1. It features a simple user interface and a decent set of features such as a memory card manager.

SSSPSX is a PlayStation 1 emulator that features a fast and highly compatible recompiler core. What SSSPSX has in speed and compatibility it lacks in extra functionality.

AndriPSX is an early PlayStation emulator for Windows that can play only a few commercial games. AndriPSX was one of the first emulators to prove that PlayStation emulation was possible.

Bleem! was one of the first commercial emulators for the PlayStation 1. While a promising PSX emulator, the Bleem! team eventually went bankrupt after a prolonged lawsuit with Sony.

PlayStation Specifications

CPU Specifications

  • Processor: LSI Logic Corp LR333x0-based Core
  • Processor Speed: 33.8688 MHz
  • CPU Features:
    • Geometry transformation engine:
      • Gives CPU additional vector math instructions for 3D graphics
      • Operating performance of 66 million instructions per second (MIPS)
      • 360,000 polygons per second
    • Motion Decoder (MDEC)
      • Decompresses images and video
      • Operation performance of 80 million instructions per seccond

GPU Specifications

  • Colors available: 16.7 million (24-bit)
  • Resolution: from 256 x 225 to 640 x 480
  • VRAM: 1 MB

Audio Specifications

  • Format: ADPCM
  • Channels: 24
  • Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz
  • Memory: 512 kB
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