How to burn & play PS1 games

Updated July 20, 2017

Sony PlayStation (PS1) consoles play games manufactured on CD discs that hold up to 700 MB each. You can copy and play PS1 game backups using freeware disc image software from the Internet. Copying your PS1 game to an .ISO disc image and burning it to a CD-R will take about 10 minutes to complete.

Turn on your computer and open a web browser. Select a .ISO disc image program from the References section, then download and install it. Restart your computer then run the .ISO program. Eject the CD burner disc tray and place a PS1 game inside, then close the tray.

Click "Copy CD to .ISO" in the program's main menu, then type a title for the .ISO file being created on your hard drive. The .ISO program will then copy the entire CD to a single file on your computer that can then be burnt via the same program. Wait for the .ISO copy process to complete before continuing.

Eject the PS1 game and place a blank CD-R disc in the burner's disc tray. Close the tray and click "Burn .ISO to CD" from the program's main menu. Select the .ISO file you just made and type a title for the CD being burnt, then select a disc burning speed (choose 1x, 2x, or 4x to avoid high-speed recording hardware errors). Click "OK" and the program will begin burning your PS1 game .ISO file to a CD-R. The will be ready to be played on your PS1 console as soon as the recording process completes.


Do not play backups of PS1 game you do not own or have downloaded from the Internet. Doing so is a violation of federal copyright law.

Things You'll Need

  • PlayStation 1 game
  • CD burner
  • CD-R disc
  • .ISO copy/burn program
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