Enhance PS1 Graphics With The Best ePSXe Plugin Settings

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Many hardcore retro gamers try to play most of their games on the original gaming hardware for the most authentic and enjoyable experience. However, the original Playstation is one of the consoles that most definitely prefer playing via an emulator. One of primary reasons I use ePSXe to emulate PS1 games is the amazing graphical options it provides via plugins.

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What Can These Plugins Do?

Without getting too technical, most of these ePSXe plugins will make some of the PS1 games look nearly as good as an early Dreamcast or PS2 game. These improvements are usually made by enhancing the 3D model textures and using anti-aliasing techniques to smoothen the rough edges of the polygons. Here are some great examples of enhances screenshots (click to enlarge) …

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What Plugin to Use?

There are a number of graphical plugins available for ePSXe, but for most modern PCs, you’ll want to go with Pete’s plugin, which has been around for quite a while, but it always being improved. Our resident emulation enhancement specialist, Mozgus, has these words of advice:

“For most 3D PS1 games, you want to use ePSXe, with the newest Pete’s OpenGL2, and Eternal’s sound plugin. From there, study each setting to better understand which ones are appropriate for which games. ” He also noted that “OpenGL2 is aimed at very good video cards like Geforce 7 or Radeon X1K series and up… Those with weaker video cards should use Pete’s OpenGL plugin (not OpenGL2). Those with no video card should seek a software mode plugin.”

What Settings Are Best?

Since the options screen on these graphical plugins are filled with lots of technical terms and can be a bit intimidating, I asked Mozgus to provide us with the following screenshot of his typical settings…

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He said that he typically uses these settings for most of his games, but “there might be one or two small changes… Also, sometimes theres option you should enable under the “special game fixes …” button.”

Don’t Forget Custom Shaders

There are also some other add-ons known as shaders that can give some very interesting graphical effects. Mozgus likes the Natural Vision shader, because it strengthens colors, anti-aliases the image, and adds a nice blur that hides numerous PS1 visual flaws which high resolutions will not heal alone. Note that the Shader Level controls the blur amount for the given resolution. If the level is too high and the resolution is too low, the picture will be blurred too much. This shader arguably provides an overall pleasing look for every game out there. The set of filters and related information can be found at this phenominal thread at NGEmu.

To get your imaginations wandering, here are some samples of what other custom shaders can do…

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Pretty Cool, Huh?

Of course, there are additional tweaks you can do for certain games to make them look extra special, but these settings should definitely get you started in the right direction.

If you have any other tips and would like to post screenshots of your own enhancements (Playstation or otherwise), feel free to join in on this forum topic where we started this discussion. You may also want to check out Kane’s domain, who has always made a habit of helping people tweak ePSXe just right for specific games.


149 Comments

Sega says:

Holy sh*t!

It makes PSX games look like DC Games, and just a Quick question…

Can you put in your PSX games into the CD Drive and Load the game up through the Emulator? Or do you need to Rip the ISO from your PSX Games?

ZikZak says:

You can do both.
I used to do it under GNU/linux with PCSX which is using the same plugins.

SaurianOverlord says:

I haven’t used it in a while, but as far as I recall, yes, ePSXe can run games directly from CD.

SaurianOverlord says:

Wow, what were the odds of that happening? 😀

D says:

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Mozgus says:

Well running directly off the disc is a bad idea. It causes massive stutters in many games, at least with all the drives I’ve ever had. The drives also like to go to sleep after a minute or two of inactivity, and then when the emu requests a read, it’s delayed 3-4 seconds for the spin-up, which delays the game obviously.

SaurianOverlord says:

That’s all true; I think it depends not only on your disc drive, but also the drivers, the plugin you’re using, your media…a lot of things could cause delays that aren’t necessarily inherent in ePSXe. Then again, maybe it is. I’m pretty sure I tried it at some point, but not for any length of time. And like I said, it was a while ago.

bob says:

wow, it totally butchers the games.

racketboy says:

Care to expand on your thoughts?
Otherwise, that comment is meaningless…

Mozgus says:

He probably glanced at the last two pictures and didn’t read a thing.

The last pictures look absolutely awesome! Looks like I have to buy a pad for the pc and download epsxe again.

Once again this site kicks ass! Best retrogaming source on teh webs.

gnome says:

Hey, this really looks nice! Who’d have thought…

zmttoxics says:

I have been doing this for years. The linux version of epsxe has slightly better opengl plugins from personal observation. But all in it, it makes replaying final fantasy’s and front mission games a ton more enjoyable.

i ve done this but the psx says no wgl extensions or somthing says:

i ve done this but the psx says no wgl extensions or something like that

i ve done this but the psx says no wgl extensions or somthing says:

please somebody help me

Joey says:

Does anyone know what parts are need to upgrade my ps1 to a ps2 or ps3? I don`t want to buy a new system so I figured I would try and build a ps2 or ps3 with my ps1. Any help on this issue would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,
Joey

Gerard says:

the plugin is acting up on my pc when i try to load the game Final Fantasy 9.A windows pops and says.No wgl extensions.
I do not know what that means and how can i fix it please.

racketboy says:

I don’t know off the top of my head, but you should ask for help in the forums — somebody should be able to help there.

Super Nintendo Chalmers says:

Which shader was used to get the shiny effect on that last FF9 screenshot? I’ve been trying various shaders, but haven’t been able to find one that looks like that.

asguard says:

Super Nintendo Chalmers

>>Final Fantasy IX SimoneT’s Bump Map shader<<

Odale says:

uhmm about the config for internal X & Y..
when i use ultra high settings..epsxe crashes…

my video card is ATIRadeon x550 (512VRAM)
intel pentium D (3.4 GHZ)

can you please help me??

add me in YM or MSN
odale_roxas@yahoo.com

really appreciate your help

good day every one…

btw even if i use the high settings…my tekken 3 looked like tekken tag…^^

racketboy says:

If you need technical help, I would recommend posting your question in the forum. You’ll have more people to help you out quickly.

Thanks!

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