Best PSX emulation for low money

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  1. Classicgamer
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    I have a friend who has no PC and very little money but wants to play PSX titles. I'd like whatever routes are possible to include scanlines as the main "shader" effect. The emulation can't be crap. I know mednafen and psx (on pc) are really good.

    He needs to play on a tv.

    Does a raspberry pie 3 meet these requirements? (Retroarch?)

    Wii? (Wiisx?)

    Can you give me advice about rasp pie 3 and wiisx performance? Other options?
     


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    Wii, no, Raspberry Pi 3 is far more powerful and better for PSX emulation; the Wii is pretty weak.
     
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    I would rule out wiisx. While some games really do work flawless, it can be a hassle to set up properly. The compatibility list sort of speaks for itself: https://wiki.gbatemp.net/wiki/WiiSX_compatibility_list_(beta_2)

    Is it an option to go with a hacked psp? It can probably be bought for the same budget as awii, and has less issues (and better controls, unless the Wii has a classic controller with it).

    Finally: how about just getting a budget pc? Like... Recycling it from someone he knows that recently upgraded to a new rig?
     
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    ps vita plays psx games really well.
     
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    Thanks for the tips! He doesn't want hand helds. I suggested it already- I like my eboots personally too.

    He has a $18/hr job with car payments and house payments so a vita is likely too much?

    A rasp pie 3 seems to be $35 (or $60 as a complete kit with box and cables) which seems to be the route for reliable emulation?
     
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    Pi 3 £35.

    PS2 £20 (secondhand)

    ?
     
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    Just last night I soft modded my ps2 to play ps2 roms. I imagine that it can also play psx roms.
     
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    It can indeed.
     
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    Seriously??? Is that using a USB hdd or cd-r?
     
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    Isn't it kind of a pain setting that up?
     
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    Super easy, freemcboot>the launcher of your choice. Internal hdd recommended.
     
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    I couldn't get psxlauncher working either. The other one that you need to convert to vcd also didn't work. Such a pain in the ass. I'd say a pi would be the best option. You probably won't even need the pi3, an earlier model may do just as well.
     
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    Despite the psp being a handheld, a 2000 psp model on up can be connected to a tv with component cables so you can play it on a bigger screen. At that point it will feel like you are just using a controller since you are looking at a tv the whole time. He probably might not have known that before you suggested handhelds to him.
     
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    RaspberryPi3 is great for PS1 and other Emulation. I put my RP3 in a PS1 shell. Like this video. It was a fun project.
     
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    On the Vita front, PSTVs are fairly cheap (you can usually find one for like $50 or so) and extremely easy to setup Adrenaline for PS1 games, but there are some compatibility issues and a lack of proper POPS support.

    The Raspberry Pi 3 is a good choice, but some "heavier" impact games can be a bit laggy, but those are pretty few. Setup is pretty straightforward, though if you don't know anything about computers it might be a bit "out there" for some people. I think adding shaders like scanlines also cause a performance hit as well, though I don't know by how much.

    An Android TV box would also suffice, ePSXe works pretty great and it's super easy to setup, just install the APK and pop the BIOS and games onto it. You can find cheapo Android TV boxes most anywhere that are more powerful than a Pi.

    A PS2 would also work, but I have heard PSXLauncher has some compatibility issues occasionally as well (and the PS2 doesn't like a few PS1 games, though I dunno if backup loading fixes them :unsure:).

    Then of course you could always just get him a PS1 and teach him the swap trick, it's pretty simple.
     
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    Hmm, we have an original PS2 that our brother gave us, still kinda works, but how do you actually install FreeMCboot? And I'd imagine PS2 HDDs are kinda pricey no?
     
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    There are a number of ways. I installed freeMCboot with a copy of 007 and a disc swap method. There's a guide on how to install it as well as some pretty decent YouTube videos.
    There's a GBATEMP guide as well, I followed it years ago when I did it.
     
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    The PSP go can hook up to your TV and has bluetooth so you can use a PS3 controller. On top of that, you can even hook it up to a CRT and it will actually output 240p.
     
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    I use a PSX emu on my n3DS. Work with what you got.
     
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    Don't know about the rest of the world but here in Scotland a second hand wii from most game shops will cost you about 7 to 10 pounds a psp will cost from 40 to 70 pounds depending on the model hardly in the same budget like you claim.