Sony Emulators

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Contents Playstation 1 | PocketStation | Playstation 2 | PSP

Playstation 1

Title Description Author
4EverPSX It only runs demos, but it's worth watching out for.
Bleem Formerly one of the best emulators for the PSX. However, Bleem, LLC has gone out of business. This demo is crippled, but still worth the download.
ePSXe ePSXe is a PSX emulator that takes advantage of the PSEmu Pro plugin system. It requires DX7a and a good 3D card. A PSX bios image is also needed to use it.

Right now it is the best freeware Playstation emulator available.

The ePSXeCutor is the premiere frontend for ePSXe. This release takes advantages of some features not yet present in ePSXe (it works off of a pre-release version).

FPSE FPSE has had excellent progress. Try it out - the current version has had much improvement over the previous ones.
Jackal Incomplete emulator that didn't get much farther than the early stages of life.
PCSX A very full featured PSX emulator with good compatibility and features full plugin support.
PCSX Rerecording PCSX Rerecording is a special version of PCSX with many new features such as input rerecording, cheat support, RAM search, RAM watch, customizable hotkeys, and other features.
PCSX-Reloaded PCSX-Reloaded is a PlayStation emulator based on PCSX-df, both of which are ultimately based on the now discontinued PCSX. PCSX-Reloaded improves on PCSX in several areas and should now be considered a solid competitor to ePSXe and pSX.
PSEmu/PSEmu Pro PSEmu Pro is the standard that all other PSX emulators have to live up to. While discontinued, it's use of a plugin standard has been adopted by all modern PSX emulators to date. Pick it up for a bit of nostalgia.
PSInex This emulator is in it's early stages. It emulates all the existing BIOS images, runs many PSX demos, has plugin support, an integrated debugger, and sound partially works.
pSX This emulator fully emulates the Sony Playstation. Compatibility is fairly high, most games tried by the author work well.

An R3000 debugger is contained which may be of interest to people working on translations.

PSXeven A new psx emulator on the market by Xeven. With all the improvements this is becoming one to watch.
Psyke This is the first Playstation emulator to use Dynamic Recompilation.

Psyke has been discontinued, but made strides in PSX development.

Virtual Game Station VGS is the second commercial PSX emulator to be released. Very high compatibility, but lacks many features of most modern PSX emulators, such as advanced 3d rendering. After Sony purchased Connectix, this emulator was discontinued and now it is no longer even supported.
Xebra A Japanese Playstation Emulator for Windows.


Title Description Author
PK201 This PocketStation emulator is newer, but requires boot roms.
PKEmu The first PocketStation emulator ever released.

Playstation 2

Title Description Author
EMUtion Engine Not much is known about this new emulator by Jez. It's very small in size because of no documentation or plugins.
neutrinoSX2 This is a new Playstation 2 emulator. It's around the same level as PCSX 2 and open source. It can play Blade 2 and Mortal Kombat 5. The author is looking for help in coding this emulator.Requires the GTK Runtimes to work properly.
PCSX 2 Great compatibility and nice speeds make this a must-try on fast machines! The Playground and official releases have now been merged, and their teams working together. Linuzappz
PS2Emu This is a new Playstation emulator by Roor, shunt and Scar_T. Keep in mind that this is still a work in progress, so don't expect too much. Their dymanic recompiler, though incomplete, is making some promising results. Roor, shunt and Scar_T


Title Description Author
JPCSP Jpcsp is the most advanced PlayStation Portable emulator, allowing you to play your PSP games on a PC. Gid15, Hlide, Hykem, Orphis, Shadow
PCSP A PSP emulator in C++. Currently some games seem to be playable, and it even breaks the encryption for you! May well be worth a try.
Potemkin The second PSP emulator released. Potemkin (codename DaSH) is an experimental HLE PSP Emulator. It is created and released by ector under the GPL license. It is able to run some games. Its development is currently inactive.
PSPE The first PSP emulator released. It doesn't run commercial games yet, but it is still in development.
Sam One of the first PSP emulators for Windows. It's still a work in progress. Don't expect it to play games for the moment.