Emulators are programs that let you emulate the physical hardware on your computer. A PlayStation emulator allows you to play your favorite PS game without having to purchase the hardware. All you need is the game disc or a copy of the disc image.

Currently, there are emulators for pretty much all PlayStation machines. Players usually need a powerful PC to run them, especially for the newer PS3/4 emulators.

In this article, Gurugamer is going to showcase the top 8 best PlayStation Emulators for PC in 2022.

1. RetroArch

This is probably the best All-in-One emulator, not only for the original PS1 but also for many other systems. RetroArch is actually a collection of emulators called "cores" that allow players to play thousand of classic games on dozens of old consoles.

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The emulator also has advanced features like shaders, netplay, rewinding, next-frame response times, runahead, machine translation, blind accessibility features, and more! The PS1 core is called Beetle PSX, and it is more powerful than most original PS1 emulators on the market. If you love old-school video games, checking out RetroArch is a great idea.

Setting up RetroArch can take a lot of time, but there are guides for that.

2. PCSX Reloaded

PCSX Reloaded is a standalone PS1 emulator and supports pretty much every game on the classic console. It also supports any PC-compatible gamepad so players can use the DualShock controller for an authentic experience.


One of PCSX Reloaded's strong points is that it's extremely easy to configure. Users don't need to download BIOs or anything like that and, although there's a prior configuration process, it's easy to automate.

3. BizHawk

BizHawk is a multi-platform emulator with full rerecording support and Lua scripting. BizHawk focuses on core accuracy and power user tools while still being an easy-to-use emulator for casual gaming.

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If you are a speedrunner, BizHawk is probably the best choice, as it lets you take advantage of save states and frame-rate manipulation. However, this is a plugin that runs on top of another PS1 emulator called Mednafen, so you need to download both programs.


XEBRA is a PlayStation emulator for Windows & recently Android with a focus on accurate emulation of the PSX hardware. While it does not have any extra features like UI elements or graphical enhancements, XEBRA is actually the only program capable of emulating PocketStation games. These are rare, exclusive systems only released in Japan and are very hard to get ahold of in 2022.

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The fact that Xebra also works on Android gives it a distinct advantage compared to the other PS1 emu outside of RetroArch.

5. PCSX2

PCSX2 is a free and open-source PlayStation 2 (PS2) emulator. Its purpose is to emulate the PS2's hardware, using a combination of MIPS CPU Interpreters, Recompilers and a Virtual Machine that manages hardware states and PS2 system memory.

The project has been running for almost 20 years. Past versions could only run a few public domain game demos, but newer versions can run most games at full speed, including popular titles such as Final Fantasy X and Devil May Cry 3.

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Over 98% of the official PS2 library is considered playable or perfect, with the remainder at least making it to the menus.

PCSX2 allows you to play PS2 games on your PC, with many additional features and benefits such as custom resolutions and upscaling, virtual and sharable memory cards, save-states, patching system, internal recorder to achieve lossless quality at full speed.

6. RPCS3

RPCS3 is a multi-platform open-source Sony PlayStation 3 emulator and debugger written in C++ for Windows, Linux, macOS and FreeBSD.


Overall, RPCS3 is stable enough to boot into games and play many of them with ease. Stability is more of a per-game factor that may change with new builds as new features get implemented. As emulators progress in accuracy, there may be some regressions that occur and stability is typically one of them. Rest assured, the developers are always hard at work when it comes to keeping RPCS3 as stable as possible for now and into the future.

The developer has managed to make it run pretty much all PS3 games ever released, with about 68% of them being fully playable as of this article's release.


PPSSPP can run your PSP games on your PC in full HD resolution, and play them on Android too. It can even upscale textures that would otherwise be too blurry as they were made for the small screen of the original PSP.

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Even on modern Android phones and tablets, you can often run at double the original resolution. This feature is beneficial since the PSP screen is so tiny - some titles look better than on the original console.

8. Vita3k

Vita3K is the world's first functional experimental open-source PlayStation Vita emulator for Windows and Linux. Due to the lower popularity of the system, the Vita emulator is not that robust compared to the other emulators on this list. However, players can still complete about 40% of all Vita games with it.

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The emulator is currently undergoing great changes in its backend which are greatly improving compatibility with games.

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