PCSX-Reloaded

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PCSX
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PCSX-Reloaded 1.9.93 running on Windows 8.1
Developer(s) PCSX Team, PCSX-df Team, PCSX-Reloaded Team
Stable release

1.9.93

/ August 26, 2013 (2013-08-26)[1]
Preview release Snapshot[2]
Operating system Unix-like, Windows
Type Console emulator
License GNU General Public License
Website Official website

PCSX is a free console emulator which allows software designed to be used with the PlayStation to be used with personal computers. Over the years, development changed hands several times with PCSX-Reloaded now being the main version.

PCSX has a high compatibility rate[3] and is currently available for a number of different operating systems including Microsoft Windows, OS X, and various Linux distributions. Released under the GNU General Public License, PCSX is free software.

History[edit]

The emulator was first released for the PC on August 31, 2000. Official development ceased on September 17, 2003[4] and development shifted to the new PlayStation 2 emulator, PCSX2.

PCSX-df was created in 2006 and added new features, a new GTK-based interface, AMD64 support, and corrected some bugs, but was developed mainly with only Linux compatibility in mind. Version 1.10 was released on March 29, 2009.

PCSX-Reloaded is a new project created in mid-2009, which is based on the work of the PCSX-df branch, completely independent, and works on bug fixes while maintaining Windows and OS X compatibility alongside Linux. PCSX-df and PCSX-Reloaded coexisted for a while with PCSX-df merging changes of PCSX-Reloaded back into df.

Features[edit]

PCSX supports network play and external plugins as used by ePSXe. As with many modern emulators PCSX-Reloaded supports savestates and it also has Save Rewind feature (currently only OSX and Linux version), Support for ECM files (currently only OS X and Linux version), Support for Libarchive (currently only OSX and Linux version), widescreen hack and makes use of plug-ins to emulate GPU, SPU, and CD-ROM drive functions, a model first established in PSEmu Pro, it uses Peops OpenGL plugin for graphics on default but can also use Pete's OpenGL2, gpuBladeSoft, PCSX2 graphics plugin GSDX, AmiDog GPU plugin,[5] Asmodeans PSXFX shader pack, input plugins such as Lilypad and Pokopom Pad Plugin. It also has multi-track cue support and is the only PS1 emulator with compatibility with anti-jitter options in graphics plugins, such as GTE accuracy in the default Peops OpenGL plugin, or Improved coordinate accuracy in Edgbla's gpuBladeSoft and it also supports PeteOpenGL2Tweak plugin.[6] Additionally, PCSX seeks to simulate the functionality of the PlayStation BIOS and consequently does not require a BIOS file dump to operate, making it easier to emulate legally, however Bios emulation is still incomplete so its better to use dumped bios to avoid various bugs and reduced compatibility. However, the Windows version is currently unmaintained and has inferior feature set.

Ports[edit]

Linux, OS X, and Windows on x86-based computers are the main development focus of PCSX-Reloaded but various PCSX iterations have been ported to other platforms as well, including Dreamcast,[7] GameCube,[8] PlayStation 3,[9] Wii,[10] Xbox,[11] and various ARM-based platforms (PCSX-Rearmed fork)[12] such as BlackBerry Playbook.[13][14]

Reception[edit]

Tom's Guide featured PCSX Reloaded in a feature about the best PlayStation emulators, scoring it at 4 of 5 points.[15] Kator Legaz reviewed the Mac OS version as "good".[3]

Usage[edit]

PCSXR was used for an official port and commercial re-release of N2O: Nitrous Oxide on Steam on June 29, 2015.[16][17]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://pcsxr.codeplex.com/releases/view/111309
  2. ^ "PCSX-Reloaded". EmuCR.com. Retrieved 2013-03-14. 
  3. ^ a b "Review of Mac PCSX Test 3". Kator Legaz. 2005-02-02. Retrieved 2013-03-14. 
  4. ^ linuzappz (September 17, 2003). "Playstation Emulator". PCSX. Retrieved 2013-03-14. […]i haven't coded for pcsx in some months, i don't have the time anymore, due to pcsx2, work, life and so on… 
  5. ^ http://ngemu.com/threads/amidog-gpu-plugin-and-tools.161617/
  6. ^ http://ngemu.com/threads/peteopengl2tweak-tweaker-for-peteopengl2-plugin-w-gte-accuracy-hack.160319/
  7. ^ "Pcsx-Dc". DCEmulation. Retrieved 2013-03-14. 
  8. ^ "pcsxgc - A port of the PS1 emulator, PCSX, to the Nintendo GC/Wii - Google Project Hosting". Code.google.com. Retrieved 2013-03-14. 
  9. ^ "ps3sx - Original PCSX port on PS3 By Anonymous - Google Project Hosting". Code.google.com. Retrieved 2013-03-14. 
  10. ^ "pcsx-revolution - [CLOSED] Port of pcsx for Nintendo Wii (formerly Revolution). - Google Project Hosting". Code.google.com. Retrieved 2013-03-14. 
  11. ^ "Pcsxbox". Xport.xbox-scene.com. Retrieved 2013-03-14. 
  12. ^ notaz. "Pcsx Rearmed". Notaz.gp2x.de. Retrieved 2013-03-14. 
  13. ^ "CatalystG/PCSX-reARMed-PB 路 GitHub". Github.com. Retrieved 2013-03-14. 
  14. ^ "PCSX-ReARMed-PB – PlayStation Emulator Now Available for the PlayBook". NerdBerry.net. 2012-04-25. Retrieved 2013-03-14. 
  15. ^ http://www.tomsguide.com/us/pictures-story/458-6-playstation-emulators-for-desktop-pc.html
  16. ^ Console Classics Update on steamcommunity.com "Hi all! Thanks so much for trying out N2O! We’re really excited with our first release of a classic game on Steam"
  17. ^ First psx emulated game on steam N2O: Nitrous Oxide on emutalk.net by LyonHrt (July 1st, 2015)