Is the Xbox the best way to play PlayStation 1 games?
At 9x scaling, you get the equivalent of 4K resolution, and 60 frames per second is easily achievable with Microsoft’s newest consoles. Even better, DuckStation allows you to save and access ROMs on a USB flash drive without having to copy them to local storage.
YouTube channel Modern Vintage Gamer recently profiled a newer PlayStation 1 emulator that runs on Microsoft’s Xbox One and Series consoles. That probably sounds like blasphemy, but it actually looks pretty darn slick.
As you may know, Microsoft’s current-gen consoles can be run in developer mode, allowing users to sideload software (and emulators) for testing purposes. One such emulator, DuckStation, dropped late last year with internal resolution scaling up to 16x. It wasn’t until last month, however, that a UWP Xbox port was added, allowing the emulator to run on Microsoft’s consoles.
MVG also suggests activating true colour rendering, which disables dithering for a smoother appearance. You should also try geometry correction, which resolves texture warping in some games like Tomb Raider II, and in-emulator overclocking to get even more performance out of the original “hardware.”
The intro of Chrono Cross, which was known for its low frame rate, suddenly looks buttery smooth when overclocked by 500%. It won’t address every game’s performance issues; think of it as one tool in a larger bag of tricks at your disposal.
DuckStation is free and open-source, and can be downloaded directly from GitHub.
Image credit Hello I’m Nik