Enhance PS1 Graphics With The Best ePSXe Plugin Settings

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 (especially those Playstation Games That Pushed The Limits of the system) . 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) …

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…


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…

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.


alex says:

you don’t need to use the exact settings stated above, I’m using high settings for the X and Y resolution and I’m using my crappy notebook a dv2224ea here’s ma specs;http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/document?lc=en&cc=us&docname=c00848340&dlc=en
32mb dedicated video card, and it can handle this stuff with reasonably good results without any slowdown.

breakwind says:

People,People trying to play your PS1 games on a pc to obtain pc quality graphics is laudible goal- but utterly futile.With so many programing configuration variables to consider you’ll fail in trying to get those games to run right.Remember the Bleemcast on the Dreamcast that allows ps1 games to be played on it,you know how that product faired.So be content with the PS2/PS3 texture smoothing feature when playing your PS1 games.

zappa141 says:

very useful site thanks! can anybody recommend a decent game pad? tried using wificontroller avec my psp but its not really workin. cheers

igor says:

LoL Yea of course u can play direct fomr the CD , is very best tham donwload roms ,i do this everytime ^^

soul1112 says:

Very nice, it’s awesome. I’ve got a question though:

When I load a game(Soul Reaver) the emulator crashes, it says “A problem ocurred and ePSXe has to close” and I configured it the same way like in the image. What do I do?

racketboy says:

I would try, unchecking or turning off one feature at a time to see which one is causing the problem.
The other issue may be that the game image is corrupted.

link4587452 says:

How do you get the shaders to work?

nizam says:

just a quick question…
i dont have graphic card but is there any plugins for epsxe for computer without graphic card?

is it possible to use epsxe without graphic card?

Leon says:

Wow! The Tomb Raider games look just like the PC versions with these enhancements, but I am not even using everything that is listed, and it still looks good.

Leon says:

What I mean by the PC versions that are enhanced with glidos.

McDohl says:

Help >.<

I’m on valkyrie profile psx, i played da game, n wen it come 2 some events with voices, da game often hang / freeze. Please let me know wat best plug-in n settings for video, sound, cd-rom, bios, etc., 2 played valkyrie profile psx.

racketboy says:

Hmm…. I wouldn’t know personally, but you may get some good advice by asking in the forum… best of luck!

Normal Guy says:


Ntopa says:

Racketboy, or someone elese!
Is it posible to play PS one games (FF7&FF9), on HP Compaq 6720S with 1,73Ghz Intel Celeron, Intel’s GMA X3100 integrated card, 1,5GB RAM and Win XP proff using ePSXe? Pls someone answer, with details posible?

racketboy says:

it might not be able to do all the fancy stuff, but it should run ok if you Windows install isn’t too bogged down. its worth a shot

Sean says:

Game looks great (mgs) but is quite slow with the high settings despite my PC. X2 5000+, 4850, 4GB Any thoughts?? Seems to run the same speed on all settings.. possibly my CD rom?

racketboy says:

Well, you could see if its your CD or not by ripping it to your hard drive and then playing it from the ISO file.

private says:

how about for intel cards that plugin is for ATI/nVIDA

private says:

and its celeron and it had an error, and changed my revolution(computer)

private says:

with NFS 5 i bet it wont work with any other games too

Sean says:

Can’t get any iso’s to load, ripping with Alcohol 120%, tried run iso, run cd rom (mounted image), iso plugins, CCD/IMG/MDS image files…..

Marbolid says:

Lol can someone help me…. it seems that MY “Pete’s OpenGL” is diff from this 1…. and even when i configure it 2 have regular speed theres just 1 problem…. i cant see tha actions/status board…. but i kinda cant fix it O_O

ePSXe Blows Dogs says:

Yeah, this piece of shit emulator doesn’t work. Says “Missing Shader extentions” when I try to load a rom. Gay.

ishianji says:

Hello peopel i just bought a geforce 84000 yea i know they have better ones out there but i have pci slots for my pc and so it was the best video card that would work. anyway the video look the same intill the next day when pluged in my my new 1GBDDRAM.SO I payed one of my old palastion games witth my borther and we were blown away by the Graphics.The only down side is that there is no 2 palyer games.is there a way to fix this. i dont wont to jump beacuse brother wants too.um mabey diferent softweare for the game pad?

Aenigma says:

LOL at “ePSXe Blows Dogs” comments about sPSXe being a piece of shit.

That missing shader extentions error you are talking about means you pointed the directory to a folder with NO SHADERS in it.

ePSXe is amazing but technical. My advice to you would be to read up on configuration actually set the emulator up before making stupid comments.

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