How to Use a Soft Plugin on EPSXE

By Quinten Plummer

Updated September 22, 2017

For owners of the PlayStation One, ePSXe provides a way to enjoy PlayStation games away from the console and on a computer instead. Because your computer's processor is likely faster than your PlayStation's CPU (Central Processing Unit), and uses a different display resolution, you'll want to make some adjustments to ePSXe's video configurations. By tweaking ePSXe's soft plug-in, you can adjust the way the software renders your game's graphics.

Launch ePSXe. Click on the program's "Config" heading, then select the "Video" option from the context menu that appears beneath the heading.

Click on the Config Video menu's "Select/Config Main Video Plugin" menu box, then select the desired video plugin from the list of options in the box. If there are no video plugins in the "Select/Config Main Video Plugin" menu box, you'll need to install at least one (see Tips).

Click the "Configure" button under the Config Video menu's "Config Soft Video Plugin" heading. The soft video plugin's configuration menu will appear.

Click on the configuration menu's "Select device" button if your computer has multiple graphics cards. Select the video card you'd like to use for ePSXe from the menu box in the Select Device menu. Click "OK."

Select your video display resolution from the "Fullscreen mode" menu box. To use ePSXe in a window, click the "Window mode" bubble and enter the desired resolution into the adjacent fields. You can also opt to use the default resolution values in the "Window mode" fields.

Check the "Use FPS Limit" box, under the configuration menu's "Framerate" heading to prevent your games from running too fast. Click inside of the "FPS" bubble, then enter a frame rate limit. You can also check the "Auto-detect FPS Limit/Frame Skipping Limit" bubble and let ePSXe set a frame rate limit for you.

Click "OK" to apply your changes and return to the Config Video menu. Click on the Config Video menu's "OK" button to return to ePSXe's main menu.


If you haven't installed a video plug-in for ePSXe, you'll need to download one and copy it to ePSXe's "Plugins" folder (see Resources). If the downloaded plugin is zipped, you'll need to extract it as well. Right-click on the plugin, then select the "Extract all" option from the context menu that appears.