How to install GPCS4 emulator on PC Windows 32/64 bit PS4

GPCS4 emulator PC Windows

GPCS4 is a virtualization-based open-source Play Station 4 emulator and debugger written in C++ for Windows, Linux and macOS.

This guide explains how to install GPCS4 emulator on PC compatibles with Windows OS.


Software requirements

You can find all required data for your device from the link buttons below:

GPCS4 emulatorDownload
DirectX platform updateDownload
PS4 firmware updateDownload

The software requirements for running this application must be met in order for the software to function at all.

System requirements

The hardware requirements for running the application vary depending on your current configuration.

Recommended requirements

OSWindows 10 (or higher)
CPUx64 Octa core (or higher)
RAM12 GB (or more)
GPUVulcan 1.3 (or newer)
StorageSSD or HDD 5 GB (or more)

For the best experience, users should be running within the recommended requirements.

Minimum requirements

OSWindows 7 (or higher)
CPUx86 Quad core (or higher)
RAM8 GB (or more)
GPUVulcan 1.1 (or newer)
StorageSSD or HDD 5 GB (or more)

We cannot guarantee the performance of system specifications lower the recommended requirements but you’re always welcome to experiment.

Install emulator

  1. Download the .zip archive
  2. Extract the .zip archive on a folder
  3. Select the folder containing the extracted file
  4. Open the file .exe as administrator
  5. Press install button
  6. Launch the software
GPCS4 emulator Install PC Windows

Some DirectX files may be missing in your system.

Make sure you have DirectX 11.1 platform update KB2670838-x64 installed in your system.

Install firmware

Due to legal reasons, we cannot distribute official Play Station 4 firmware files; you must download the latest Play Station 4 firmware update file from the link above for use with GPCS4 emulator.

Once downloaded, you must install the firmware using GPCS4’s built in firmware installer found under File > Install Firmware.

GPCS4 emulator Install PC Windows

Install games

.pkg files must be extracted using GPCS4’s built-in package installer found under File > Install .pkg (or simply drag and drop .pkg to the main emulator window)

.pkg files will be automatically installed to \dev_hdd0\game\

Blu-ray disc title data can be placed in \dev_hdd0\disc\ or anywhere else except for \dev_hdd0\game\ and can be booted from File > Boot Game if not present on the game list.

PSN title data must be placed in \dev_hdd0\game\

PSN .rap files must be placed in \dev_hdd0\home\00000001\exdata\ (or simply drag and drop them to the main emulator window)

Save data files can be managed in \dev_hdd0\home\00000001\savedata\

GPCS4 emulator Install Games

GPCS4 emulator is capable of running most commercial games at full speed, provided you meet the necessary hardware requirements.

Control layout

PS4 Gamepad buttonKeyboard button
Left Stick UpW
Left Stick LeftA
Left Stick DownS
Left Stick RightD
Right Stick UpI
Right Stick LeftJ
Right Stick DownK
Right Stick RightL
Dpad UpArrow Up
Dpad LeftArrow Left
Dpad DownArrow Down
Dpad RightArrow Right
TriangleNumpad 8
SquareNumpad 4
CrossNumpad 2
CircleNumpad 6

Emulator update

GPCS4 emulator features an auto-updater which will prompt you if you want to update after loading the emulator.

You can either accept, deny or disable updates all together if you wish, though it is not recommended due to the volume of fixes that roll out each day.

In the instance that you need to update this application manually, you can follow the following instructions:

  1. Download the latest build of the emulator
  2. Drag and drop all files into the root directory
  3. Replacing all files when prompted
GPCS4 emulator Install PC Windows

Games update

Title updates are handled the same as PSN .pkg files.

The. pkg update file must be installed using GPCS4’s built-in package installer found under File > Install .pkg

The update will be placed in the title folder that corresponds to the correct region ID.

Please note that title updates must be the same region in order to work.

Cross-mixing title regions may create irreversible damage to the title.


GPCS4 emulator is licensed under GPL-3.0.

  • Play Station is a trademark of Sony Interactive Entertainment
  • Windows is a trademark of Microsoft Corporation

This project is not meant for illegal activities, and we have a strict policy about piracy.

All resources are obtained via reverse engineering of legally owned devices, games, and information present on the internet.

The main objective of this project is to enhance the gaming experience, research, and provide education about the core concepts of device emulation.


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