Fast PlayStation 1 emulator for PC and Android (by stenzek)

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  • Duckstation Audio Problem
    I updated to the latest development version from GitHub (, which is newer than the version on Play store. Games I tested (Resident Evil 3 & Silent Hill) are very smooth at 4x upscaling with no noticeable sound distortion. In the past, I could never go past 3x upscaling without slowdown or stuttering on this SD835 phone. Here are a few things I changed in order to get rid of sound distortion.
  • How intensive is PS1 and Dreamcast emulation?
    On the other hand, if you want to upscale psx game to 720p or higher resolutions, use other enhancements like antialiasing, geometry fix, texture smoothing, widescreen hack etc., then you might need more powerful hardware. For instance, my DELL Optiplex 790 with very old i5-2400 CPU and integrated Intel HD 2000 graphics can upscale psx games only to 720p (using DuckStation x64 emulator). It also depends somehow on the API you use - DirectX, OpenGL or Vulkan in newer graphic cards. In my opinion, you should just try how popular emulators will run on your hardware. I recommend trying: - DuckStation for Windows x64 or the Beetle-HW / Mednafen core in
  • What is the easiest PS1 Emulator to use? | 2021-03-01
    My PS1 Emulator of choice is DuckStation.
  • A stable PS1 emulator?
  • PCSXR issues - new to emulators, help? | 2021-02-27
    OpenEmu is all about ease of use and very popular. If you want to do some enhancing to your games (cheats/resolution upscaling/overclocking/etc.) I recommend Duckstation. Not quite as simple to set up as OpenEmu but gives you more control if you care about that stuff.
  • DuckStation - PlayStation 1 emulator for Windows, Linux, macOS and Android | 2021-02-27
  • how to fix this graphic issue with duckstation. Only happens when i quick load have tried changing renderer with no change
    Hi there, you can post your issue here
  • Next gen port?
    Another idea - just use the emulator. For example, you can install Duckstation(on PC or even your phone) and use this free bios clone: PSX-XBOO (No$PSX).zip (This is not proprietary Sony's bios) But then you still need to find the game somewhere and dump it.
  • Nvidia Shield Tablet Retroarch doesnt load swanstation core - help | 2021-02-12
    The DuckStation APK (on which SwanStation was forked from) works on Shield if you sideload it. Download it from the DuckStation github page
  • Best way to play Twisted metal 2 now?
    Duckstation with all of the PGXP settings turned on as well as the internal resolution set to 9x with the widescreen hack it will get you results like this. Excuse my terrible aim. The Xbox One d-pad is awful for this game.
  • [Opinion]Your favorite way to play PS1? | 2021-02-02
    It's constantly being updated with a new "big screen" UI released if you pick up a dev build or build it yourself. All open source and free at
  • Weekly Question Thread | 2021-01-31 | 2021-01-27
    On the other hand, if you'd like something that runs on lower-end systems, or just something that works a bit more like a regular application, you might want to try Duckstation.
  • Replaying Suikoden 5 for the 10th+ time | 2021-01-31
  • Have been playing MGS but from nowhere all the names of items, sounds and codec glitched out, is there a way to fix this, I amm using ePSXe 2.0.5 | 2021-01-26


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stenzek/duckstation is an open source project licensed under GNU General Public License v3.0 only which is an OSI approved license.