How to Play PSX Games on Retropie? (step-by-step with pictures)


As you probably know, the PlayStation emulator (pcsx) is not available by default on Retropie (on Raspberry Pi)
You first need to install it before playing any PlayStation games
In this tutorial, I will show you how to install it in a few steps

How to play PlayStation games on Retropie?
Before to play your favorite PlayStation 1 game on Retropie, you need to install something to help Retropie to make it work
You need to install one of the three emulators available (lr-pcsx-rearmed, PCSX-ReARMed or lr-beetle-psx)
You can install one of them directly from the Retropie setup script

You have the short answer here, but I know that many of you have problems doing this
So let’s see how to do this step by step on Raspberry Pi

By the way, if you want the best experience with your PSX games on Retropie, you can use a DualShock wireless controller, it’s working well on Raspberry Pi (tutorial here).

Install Retropie


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If you are looking for playing PlayStation games on Retropie, you probably already have everything installed on your Raspberry Pi
If not, I recommend to first read my post on how to install Retropie on a Raspberry Pi

Once installed, I recommend updating the Retropie setup script to avoid any error in the following:

  • Go to Retropie Configuration
  • Select Retropie Setup
  • Then click on Update RetroPie-Setup script (S)

Once updated, you are ready to go

Install a PSX emulator

What is an emulator?

An emulator is a software that allow you to run games for another computer on your current computer
A N64 emulator in Retropie allows you to run N64 games on a Raspberry Pi

So, what you need here is to find and install an emulator for PlayStation
As said in introduction, you have the choice among three recommended on the official wiki
I will show you here how to install PCSX-ReARMed

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Install PCSX-ReARMed

This emulator is available via the Retropie setup menu, so the installation is straightforward:

  • Go to the Retropie configuration screen
  • Then click on Retropie Setup
  • Then a window like this shows up:

    As you are no more in Emulstation, you will probably need to use your keyboard for the next steps
  • Now, click on “Manage packages” to install the emulator
  • On the next Windows, click on “Manage optional packages”
  • And finally, find pcsx-rearmed in the list and click on it
  • The last step is to install it from binary
  • After a few seconds, the package is installed and you can exit this menu to go back to Emulstation (press ESC several times)

That’s it, your new PSX emulator is now ready to use
The last step if you haven’t done it yet is to download and install your PlayStation games

Install PlayStation games

Download Games

So, the first step is to find the ROM corresponding to the game you want to play
I have already written a step-by-step tutorial on how to download games for Retropie that I recommend you to read

But to do a first test you can do this quickly:

  • For example, you can go to the Romsmania or Gamulator PlayStation pages
  • Pick a game you want to try
    In my case, I have downloaded Crash Bandicoot 3
  • Download the game in the next page
    By default, you have to use their Download Manager, but you can choose the browser download by clicking on “More Options”

Once downloaded, your game is almost ready to use
You just need to install it

Install Games

There are several methods to install a new game on Retropie (you can see here the 4 methods I generally use)
The easiest one if you have just installed your Retropie system is to use the network share

Here is how to do this on Windows:

  • Start by extracting the downloaded file with 7zip or WinRAR
    With 7zip, it’s with a right-click > 7zip > Extract Here
  • Copy the extracted files (CTRL+C)
  • Browse to \\<YOUR-RASPBERRYPI-IP>
    You can get it in Retropie Configuration > Show IP

    In my case it’s \\192.168.1.19 for example
  • The share opens with the following folders:
  • Go to roms > psx
  • And paste your files into it (CTRL+V)

You are almost ready to play
Let’s check how it works in the next paragraph!

Play!

Before playing your PlayStation game in Retropie you have a last step to take:

  • Even if you have copied your game in the psx folder, Retropie doesn’t display the PlayStation emulation in the menu
  • As for any new games, you have to restart Emulstation to apply changes
    • From the main menu, press Start
    • Go to Quit and choose “Restart Emulstation
    • In seconds, Emulstation restarts and the PlayStation logo is now available in the menu
  • Go to PlayStation
  • You should see the game you just downloaded
  • Press A to play 🙂

That’s it, you can now play most of the PlayStation games like this

Be careful though, some games don’t work with this emulator
If you want, I have found this spreadsheet that give you a list of games available, and the corresponding status with PCSX ReARMed

Related Questions

Is it possible to play PlayStation 2 games on Raspberry Pi? No, there are two problems with this. The Raspberry Pi 3B+ is not enough powerful to run this games, and the emulators only work on i386 architecture (PC systems)

Can I use a PlayStation controller to play my games? Yes, if you have a USB controller you can plug it on your Raspberry Pi and configure it. You can even use PS4 controllers in Bluetooth if you want. More information here

Recommended hardware for Retropie power users

  • Retropie SD card: Save time and play directly to any game you want with this giant SD card preloaded with over 100k games
  • Raspberry Pi 4: Retropie is now available for Raspberry Pi 4, and it’s excellent  Why would you stay on a slower device?
  • 8bitdo controller: This is currently the best controller for retro gaming on Raspberry Pi. All the latest technologies in a retro design. But for N64 games specially, you can use the Nintendo version here.
  • SSD drive: if you have thousands of games and want to improve performances, a SSD will help you a lot, check this one from SanDisk on Amazon.

Conclusion


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That’s it, you now know how to enable the PSX emulator on Retropie and also how to download and install your new games

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