PS1 and PS2 emulator available by default in Debian based Linux repository

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6 min readDec 22, 2020

If you enjoyed playing the old Playstation 1 & 2 and recently moved to Debian based Linux then this is the article for you but if you have not moved but want to try, read my previous guide about installing Ubuntu. A gamer who moved to Linux operating system (OS) up to today may find that video games are lacking compared to Windows. The Windows games either free to play or premium ones if you have a lot of money are easy to install. Just download and and double click. While in Linux, especially the old ones, you probably have to find the missing libraries yourself and if that is not enough, you need to do the file configurations yourself. Yes, there maybe other and better emulators downloadable on the Internet but for now I’ll be focusing on the ones available by default in the repository of package manager and leave a comment if you know more.

Today, one of the first things taught to new Debian bases Linux users are using the package manager to download install softwares. If you use the graphical user interface (GUI), then that is fine, but if you use the terminal, then that is better, and that is enough knowledge to enjoy some classical games. The top ones that enjoyed and available on the package manager are Playstation 1 and Playstation 2 emulators where you only need one command line to install or find the package if you are using a GUI package manager like synaptics. Before installation, it is best practice to update and upgrade your system and sometimes you need to enable 32 bit packages:

sudo dpkg --add-architecture i386
sudo apt update
sudo apt full-upgrade

Playstation 1 PCSXR

The playstation 1 emulator that I found available on most Debian based Linux repository is pcsxr. Although Playstation 1 is old that even a dual core CPU laptop with minimal video graphic card can play, the games are still enjoyable for me especially if you enjoy story games such as Suikodens…

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