Saturday, April 2, 2016

How to play PS1 games on Lubuntu

Playstation one (PS1/PSX) is one of the most successful game console in history, which have huge collections of games.

And If there are some PS1 games that you want to play again, you don't need to have the original console, you can use your computer to play PS1 games.

On lubuntu we have emulator called PCSX, which is basically a playstation 1 emulator, so you can play your favorite PS1 games on lubuntu.

To install PCSX on lubuntu is very easy, PCSX is available on lubuntu repository, so we can use apt-get install command directly.

sudo apt-get install pcsxr

kernelpanic@kernelpanic:~$ sudo apt-get install pcsxr
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
The following NEW packages will be installed:
0 upgraded, 1 newly installed, 0 to remove and 1 not upgraded.
Need to get 882 kB of archives.
After this operation, 2.397 kB of additional disk space will be used.
Get:1 wily/universe pcsxr amd64 1.9.92-4 [882 kB]
Fetched 882 kB in 5s (154 kB/s)
Selecting previously unselected package pcsxr.
(Reading database ... 157442 files and directories currently installed.)
Preparing to unpack .../pcsxr_1.9.92-4_amd64.deb ...
Unpacking pcsxr (1.9.92-4) ...
Processing triggers for desktop-file-utils (0.22-1ubuntu3) ...
Processing triggers for mime-support (3.58ubuntu1) ...
Processing triggers for man-db (2.7.4-1) ...
Setting up pcsxr (1.9.92-4) ...

As you can see the file size of PCSX is quite small, only a few kilobytes, once installed you can find PCSX from lubuntu start menu > Games > PCSX.

The emulator itself look like this:

Now that you have the emulator to run playstation games on lubuntu, next you need the game itself, it can be on a real PS1 disc (playstation CD) or on disk image (ISO format).

If you don't have the original playstation CD games, you can download the disk image online, you can google it yourself, but one of my favorite place to download PS1 games is coolrom.

Once you have the disk image (ISO), you can load it on PCSX and see what happen, note that not all games works 100% smooth as on a real PS1 console, but most popular games works well with PCSX.


  1. hey, do you know how to connect a ps3 controller or other console controller on pcsx? i'm using lubuntu too.

  2. hey, do you know how to connect a ps3 controller or any other console controller on pcsx?

    1. here's some program that you can try:
      sudo apt-get install xboxdrv
      sudo apt-get install joystick
      sudo apt-get install jstest-gtk

      i'm not sure it will works with pcsx, but you can try it, i can't try it because currently i dont have ps3 controller or any other gamepad