Did you know you can run a console emulator on your Android smartphone or tablet? If you’re an Android veteran – and a gamer – you probably do. For the recent converts, here’s an easy tutorial that will teach you how to install a PSX emulator on your Android device.
But First, a Disclaimer…
Installing an emulator on your Android legally requires you to own the console you are emulating. This means you must have a PlayStation 1 system in your possession in order to legally run an emulator on your Android device. Owning a PSX console gives you the right to own the BIOS file used to operate a PSX emulator.
Because the legality of emulated games is convoluted, we won’t be showing you how to obtain any games here. Here’s what you should know, in any case. Most legal arguments made in support of owning a digital copy – a ROM or ISO file – of a game you currently own hearken back to the Fair Use Act and Home Recording Act of 1992, which state that you are entitled to make and possess backup copies of media you own. Those laws governed the home media scene until 2009, when a suit against RealDVD ruled that consumers never have the right to make or possess backup copies of their DVDs.
Are video games under the same restrictions as CDs or DVDs? No one’s decided that yet, but it’s pretty certain that downloading ROMs and ISOs off the Internet violates federal law. So don’t do that. Get your games legally – whatever that means.
Also, ePSXe, the emulator we are using, cost about $4 on the Google Play Store. Without further ado, here’s
How to Install a PSX Emulator on Your Android Device
What You Will Need
- An Android device
- A PSX console
- $4, for the emulator
Step 1: Download ePSXe from the Google Play Store
Open the Google Play Store and search for ePSXe. This great emulator for your Android device costs about $4, so be prepared to shell out that large sum when you download it and install.
While ePSXe is downloading, you can move on to step 2.
Step 2: Download 7Zipper from the Google Play Store
7Zipper is like WinZip, but way better. You can check out its specs and features when you search for it in the Google Play Store.
Once both ePSXe and 7Zipper install, you can move on to step 3.
Step 3: Download a BIOS File
When you open ePSXe, you’ll see this lovely menu. Just perfect for an emulator on your Android, innit?
You’ll need a BIOS file to operate ePSXe. As we mentioned earlier, you’re only entitled to own a BIOS file if you also own the corresponding video game console. So if you do not currently own a PSX, stop now, because you cannot proceed legally.
To get your BIOS file, click the Run BIOS option on the ePSXe menu. You’ll get a message that looks like this:
So now you need to find a BIOS file. Since most websites offering BIOS files also offer illegal ROMs and ISOs, we won’t be showing you how to do that here.
Once you have a BIOS file, proceed to step 4.
Step 4: Unpack the BIOS File in 7Zipper
Open the 7Zipper app. Click “Download” on the main screen. Find the compressed BIOS file in your folder and click on it. If you want to select a folder to separate your unzipped files from your downloads, now’s the time. Otherwise, just click OK.
Once the BIOS file is extracted, click “Close” and exit 7Zipper.
Proceed to step 5.
Step 5: Run the BIOS File in ePSXe
Open the emulator on your Andriod device. Click “Run BIOS.” ePSXe will begin a search for any BIOS files on your SD card. Once it has implemented the one you just unzipped, you’re ready to move on to step 6.
Step 6: Enjoy Your Emulator
Yeah, you don’t have any games, but just look at that classic white-and-orange boot menu. The nostalgia’s totally worth $4, right?
Okay, maybe not. Best of luck finding a legal way to port your PSX games to mobile. Happy gaming!