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First PS1 Emulator Finally Makes It To iPhone App Store

Team Gossip  |   May 14, 4:36 AM   |   6 min read

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Highlights

  • Earlier this year, Apple finally started allowing emulators on its App Store.

  • The Delta app for classic Nintendo consoles sent ripples at the time of launch, but now there’s a PlayStation One (PS1) emulator ready for iPhone users to enjoy.

  • Dubbed Gamma, it’s a full-blown PS1 emulator on the App Store for the iPhone and iPad.

Earlier this year, Apple finally started allowing emulators on its App Store. The Delta app for classic Nintendo consoles sent ripples at the time of launch, but now there’s a PlayStation One (PS1) emulator ready for iPhone users to enjoy.

 

Dubbed Gamma, it’s a full-blown PS1 emulator on the App Store for the iPhone and iPad, enabling users to enjoy a wide range of games that were first released on Sony’s debut console.

 

The new emulator comes from an experienced iOS app developer Benjamin Stark. The new app is based on the Delta emulator’s codebase, but Delta developer Riley Testut confirmed that Stark was allowed to use this codebase.

 

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How To Set Up Gamma For PS1

 

Getting started with the emulator is pretty easy, as users are prompted to hit the “plus” icon to import ROMs from the Files app or iTunes/Finder. But players could struggle to get files off Google Drive, which Safari could download files to iCloud by default. But these hiccups aren’t on Gamma's side.

 

Once users manage to get their ROMs loaded into the app, they will see the games listed on the home screen, full of automatically retrieved cover art. The developer doesn’t explicitly note supported file types, but Redditors say that it doesn’t support the .chd file format. 

 

The app doesn’t specifically need a PS1 BIOS to fire up games, although the developer does offer an option to import one to improve compatibility. So players might want to grab a BIOS from their console if they are facing trouble running specific titles.

 

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Gamma Will Ask For Your Location And Track Data

 

Gamma features Bluetooth/wired/MFi controller support as well, but Redditors and Twitter users have found that the app crashes while using gamepads. This issue might get fixed soon, but they might want to play slower-paced games for now if you can’t wait for controller support.

 

That said, Gamma does ask for the user’s location and data tracking permissions. It shows some ads before starting games too, and occasionally before loading a saved state. Sadly, there’s no visible in-app purchase option to get rid of them.

 

Unlike PS1 emulators on other platforms, Gamma doesn’t offer a lot of settings to play with. When compared to DuckStation for Android, it allows users to scale the resolution by up to 16x, along with widescreen hacks and also has a toggle to reduce the classic PS1 texture wrap. These options will not be found here as texture warping/wobbling and low-resolution visuals are pretty evident here.

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