How to Play Final Fantasy 9 on a PC

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"Final Fantasy IX," one of the many installments in Square Enix's iconic series of role-playing games, was released in 2000 for the PlayStation 2. As the PS2 is outdated, some gamers looking to revisit their old favorites have found ways to access console games on their PCs. A video game emulator is a program that allows your computer to run games that would otherwise be incompatible. To run "Final Fantasy IX" on your PC, you will need a free emulator called ePSXe.

Things You'll Need

  • Final Fantasy IX game CD
  • ePSXe software
  • Download the ePSXe .zip file from the official ePSXe website. Save the file to your desktop. Extract all files within the .zip folder to a location of your choosing.

  • Download the emulator plugins from any game emulator website. You will need a video plugin, a sound plugin, a CDR plugin and the BIOS, all written specifically to support PS2 games. These "reverse engineered" plugins are widely available online. See the VG Emulation Reference link for one such download source.

  • Open the ePSXe folder created in step 1. If step 1 was performed correctly, you should see folders labeled "Plugins" and "BIOS." Copy all of the plugins into the "Plugins" folder. Copy the BIOS file to the "BIOS" folder.

  • Double-click on the "ePSXe" icon to launch the emulator. A one-time setup wizard will open in a separate window. This wizard will automatically configure the emulator for you. Follow on-screen prompts as necessary. The window will close once setup is complete.

  • Insert your "Final Fantasy IX" game CD into your computer's CD-ROM drive. Open the File menu within the main ePSXe emulator window. Click "Run CD-ROM" to launch the game.

Tips & Warnings

  • While using emulator software with your own legitimately purchased game CD is legal, downloading game files (commonly known as ROMs) is in violation of copyright law. Do not use emulators to run pirated software. Breaking copyright law can result in heavy fines and even jail time.

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