The 7 Best Free Game Console Emulators


In today's post we will present the 7 best free emulators for windows so that we can play any game from various game engines. 

Of course, it is impossible for various reasons to cover the whole range, but we believe that the presentation covers an important part. 

Some of the programs we will present are very easy to set up and won't bother you much, but some others need a little more attention and effort from you to work properly.


Modern emulator for Sony's first portable console PSP (PlayStation Portable), capable of playing most games on your laptop or desktop computer. It was developed by one of the creators of Dolphin (the most powerful Gamecube and Wii emulator), and it can run your PSSPP PSP games on your computer in full HD resolution. 

Along with the version for windows there is also a version of the application for Android phones and tablets. How to use the emulator is very simple, after installing it on your computer run the PPSSPP icon, create a folder on your computer and enter the psp games you want to run (in ISO, or PSP ROMS format), click on Games in the application menu and find the path to the folder where you saved your games. 

Now add any GamePad so you can play properly and tap on the icon of the game you want to run. If you need to configure the GamePad, press the game-mapping button settings and select one by one the buttons you want to use. 



It is a Linux distribution that turns a small computer into a full game console. Powerful and built on the standards of the famous RetroArch emulator it is able to emulate a wide variety of systems with useful features such as automatic joypad recognition. 

Once installed on your SD card or some USB flash drive, you just need to copy the Roms to your device and connect the joypad to enjoy your favorite games. 

The software is optimized to run fast even on low performance computers, with support for multiple USB joypads. To set it up on a PC, you'll need to create a live USB installation. 

For this purpose, a USB stick with a capacity of at least 512 MB is needed. To transfer the program to your USB device you will need it Win32DiskImager which is free Download and run it with administrator privileges), select the image of the application and press register. 

To set up Lakka on your PC follow these steps: Connect the USB installer to the computer you want to set up, connect an Ethernet cable (optional), connect a joypad to one of the USB ports on your PC and Boot from USB device to which you have transferred the software. 

Do not install it on your main computer that you use but on a second one that will be used exclusively as a gaming machine.



BlueStacks App Player is a simple application with which you can easily and effortlessly emulate Android on PC and install your favorite apps. After starting the program, you will be asked if you have an Android smartphone. 

If yes, then you can connect it with the program and sync all its apps and documents. Otherwise, if one does not have Android, which also does not matter, you can still download and launch applications. To download apps all you need to do is type the name of the game or app and click the download button.

Of course, you can use your mouse instead of your finger so you can use games like Angry Birds Space or even other free games from Google Play that require touch screens. 

However if you are one of the lucky ones and you own a Windows PC with touch screen support then it is like turning your PC into a big Tablet. In the program you can set the language you want and add many more settings.

For example, you can set the arrows to be used instead of acceleration, so you can play all the games easily. The application after many stages of testing and editing has matured considerably, as new editions replace the older ones. Using the emulator is very simple, the user needs almost no settings.

It is worth noting that apart from the applications and games you will find on Google Play, you can also install Android files (apk) separately by clicking on the relevant option in the application menu. 

The performance of the application is amazing reaching almost 100% of the real capabilities of an Android mobile or tablet since the computer has the Hardware Virtualization feature that is now present in all modern computers. 

However, even if your processor does not have this feature, it will run and play almost all applications and games very well. 

Otherwise its operation is very simple, you select the application or game you want, install it and run it. Now in terms of performance I would say that it pleasantly surprises us since the applications and games that I downloaded and tested in windows 10 ran satisfactorily with excellent display quality. 


D-Fend Reloaded

MS-DOS was Microsoft's flagship product, which gradually transformed it from a programming language company into a software and application development company. MS-DOS (MicroSoft-Disk Operating System) is an operating system with a command line interface created by Microsoft. 

Today, however, we will see how with minimal settings with the help of D-Fend Reloaded we can run the games of that time and more specifically Dos games and in fact with such ease that you will be surprised. The burden of this effort lies with D-Fend Reloaded, a small free DOSBox-based program.

DOSBox is an application that emulates a computer including the DOS command line and allows it to run almost all old DOS games. With DOSBox there is no need to worry about memory management or how much free conventional RAM we have, the program takes care of it, however the organization of DOSBox is still a bit complicated so that it is practically difficult to use especially for beginners.

This gap is filled by DOS Fox Reloaded, which is powered by DOSBox, simplifying the situation and giving even the most novice user the opportunity to play their favorite games without having to make a lot of adjustments going one step further. running any DOS game on any modern machine and with any windows as operating system. 

After downloading the game or games you want, drag them one by one with the mouse in the main menu of the application. Each game that you add automatically the program automatically adjusts and adjusts accordingly.

However, we now need to specify our settings for each game. Right click on the game you want to run and click Edit. As you can see there are a lot of settings, for those who know what they are doing, changing these settings can configure the game when they try it, for the rest I would recommend only two settings.

The first is about the controller they should add, which can be anything from a Gamepad to a very simple joystick for even better results, but even if you don't have a joystick you can play with your computer keyboard keys. 

Choose from the joystick menu and set it to auto and press OK. From now on, the controller for each game we play should be selected through the game menu. 

Possibly for some games, especially the very old ones, to be able to activate the controller we have to do it by clicking with the right mouse button on the Run setup option. (You will find this out if, when running the game, the relevant option is not present in a visible place).
Now select Edit again and press Graphics, check if you want to run your game in full screen and from the reader option change it from the default Surface to ddraw and in the option, Scale select the nearest neigbhor upscaling with factor 2 (normal2x) .

Of course you can change the settings for the better but this largely depends on the capabilities of your graphics card. Finally, after completing your settings, click on the game you want to play. If you select full screen and want to exit the game but do not know how, press CTRL + F9 at any time to close the application.


Dolphin emulator

Dolphin is an open source emulator for Nintendo GameCube and Wii. Supports Windows (32) and (64) bit and Mac OS X. Works best on a dual-core processor and graphics card that supports OpenGL and Pixel Shader 2.0. You can use mice, keyboards, joypads, joysticks, Wii Remotes. 

The performance of this emulator is amazing and will surely pleasantly surprise you. How it works: After downloading the file we run the emulator, go to options and make the first basic settings depending on the configuration of the computer we have starting from the basic settings, graphics, sound, and Gcpad.

The only thing I would suggest to tease from the above is the graphics to specify the resolution you want and the Gcpad you should definitely set the GamePad.

After completing the setup, we put the DVD with the game we want to play on our computer and from the path File-ISO-start from the DVD guide we select the DVD and run it.

If we now want to play our games from ISO files we follow the path Open, select the iso file and run it, alternatively if you want to display in a list all the iso games that you have stored in a folder select from the program menu find and follow the path where the iso is stored. 

In this way, a list of game icons will appear in the application panel, and from there you can now immediately run the game you want at any time. The steps may vary a bit depending on the version you will be using.


DuckStation is a simulator, emulator of the Sony PlayStation console, focusing on playability, and speed. The goal is to be as accurate as possible, while maintaining performance suitable for low-end devices. To work, a "BIOS" ROM image is required to boot the emulator and play games.

You can use an image from any hardware version or site, although game area and BIOS site mismatches may have compatibility issues. 

(However, the ROM image with the emulator is not provided for legal reasons), so you will need to export it from your own console using the Caetla app or other means. Windows 10 and 11 are the only version of Windows supported by the developer. 

Windows 7/8 may work, but not supported By default, DuckStation will emulate the region control present on the console's CD-ROM controller. 

This means that when the console area does not match the disc, it will refuse to boot, giving a "Please insert PlayStation CD-ROM" message. DuckStation supports auto-detect disk areas, and if you set the console area to auto-detect, this should never be a problem. 

If you want to use auto-detection, you do not need to change the BIOS path every time you change areas. Just place the BIOS images for the other areas in the same directory as the configured image.

This will most likely be in the bios / subdirectory. Then set the console area to "auto-detect" and everything should work fine. The console / log will let you know if the disk area image is missing. Works only with the following types: BIN, ISO, IMG, CUE, CHD, M3U, EXE, PSEXE, PSF and MiniPSF.



Amazing emulator that lets you run classic games and old apps on modern PCs and consoles without facing compatibility issues. 

Games and emulated consoles are constantly added to the app's library and can be downloaded and added to your collection instantly thanks to the built-in Core Updater. When you first run the app it will take you some time to understand how the app works. 

However, help is available although not necessarily needed in my opinion. The app can automatically detect your collection and sort games. You will find a wide range of options to configure your hardware, such as joypad, video, audio, camera, and more.

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