In the light of more modern and faster gaming consoles manufactured by Sony in the recent years, you would think that the Sony PlayStation game console has already taken a back seat and has become classic. Not necessarily so, it seems. Many people still have their game consoles and their games on CD-ROM.
What about those whose game consoles have broken down beyond repair? Is there a possibility for them to still play with their PlayStation games in some other way? These games are not a dime-a-dozen in stores, since original PlayStation games on CD-ROM are rather costly. Surely, you wouldn't want to throw them out if you could still find a way to play those games even without the original game console.
The good news is that you actually can still play those games using your computer. But, since your computer is not set up or configured specifically to read and run the games on the CD-ROM, you will have to use a software solution that will replicate the capabilities of the hardware and software in the original game console. That particular solution is called an emulator, which, as its name suggests, emulates the PlayStation console.
How do you find a PlayStation emulator that you can download online? Read on for some tips.
- The first thing you need to visit is Google. Go ahead and search for PlayStation emulator downloads. The search results will actually give you hundreds of hits.
- Visit some of the suggested sites in the Google search results. You will often find a variety of sites, some of which will provide free PlayStation emulators. Other sites will offer time-limited trial versions of emulators, while others will provide commercially produced emulators for the PlayStation.
- A popular and free emulator for the PlayStation is ePSXe. You can download it from its official website at no cost. There is a version for Windows-based installations, as well as a version for Linux-based machines.
- If you want to try out other free emulators, you can visit their respective websites and download from there. But, before you install any emulator that you have downloaded for free, you might want to check out the feedback and comments from the online community regarding that particular emulator first. Find out whether it performs well, what its basic and add-on features are, and so on.
- Before downloading any emulator, also check whether your computer will be able to make it run. That is, check if your computer system's hardware matches the system requirements for running the emulator. Generally speaking, if your computer is a recent model or has a recently released processor, it will usually not have problems installing or running the emulator. Check your computer, too, whether it has the minimum amount of random access memory (RAM) required for running the emulator.
- Different emulators—both the free and the commercial kinds--have different procedures for installation, configuration, and usage. So, you might want to read the documentation for these kinds of tasks, especially the documentation on how to set up the emulator and how to use it thereafter. Most emulators will require you to download additional files, so you better be aware of them beforehand.
After you have set up your emulator, you can play PlayStation games on your computer. Choose your emulator well.