When I still used Windows, ePSXe was always my preferred emulator for getting PlayStation games to run as smoothly as possible. Since the full switch to Linux Mint, however, native builds didn’t work for me, 32-bit or 64-bit editions alike. That’s when I found out that GitHub had a 64-bit fork of the emulator, specialized for Ubuntu and its bases in particular, gracefully maintained by Malta-based Brandleesee. I previously tried using PCSX, but it had some video bugs that prevented me from fully enjoying my games.
Now, in ePSXe64Ubuntu’s case, it was quite a straight-forward setup! According to its GitHub page, you just have to input the following terminal commands:
wget -O ePSXe64Ubuntu.sh https://raw.githubusercontent.com/brandleesee/ePSXe64Ubuntu/master/ePSXe64Ubuntu.sh
Afterwards, enter your SUDO password. If things turned out OK, the GUI should pop up. Follow the screen instructions to add it to your favorites and/or your panel. Once that’s done, simply close the emulator to continue with the script. You’ll then get to choose if you’d like to (1) download the emulator’s shaders pack, (2) restore from backup, or (2) do nothing. Type one of the three numbers, and then hit the Enter key.
If all went well, then you should be able to load up the emulator. Consider rebooting before doing so, although chances are that you don’t need to do such a thing. Anyway, load up the emulator, go into your video settings, and configure your preferences as you please.
Just be aware that if you attempt to use Pete’s GPU plugins in place of the emulator’s core GPU plugin, the emulator will crash upon configuration. There’s an interesting discussion on this subject over at NGEmu. This is due to the incompatible 32-bit architecture of his plugins in use with a 64-bit emulator:
/home/user/.epsxe/plugins//libgpuPeopsMesaGL.so.1.0.78: wrong ELF class: ELFCLASS32
Anyway, that about covers the basics of getting the emulator installed and running properly! For things like video and sound, those are up to you. Also, this emulator is unique in that it doesn’t require a BIOS file to run.