What is PCSX2?
PCSX2 is a Playstation 2 ‘BIOS emulator’, a free program that tries to replicate the Playstation 2 console so you can play PS2 games on your PC.
Advantages over the Playstation 2 console
Custom resolutions, up to 4096×4096, anti-aliasing and texture filtering to make your old PS2 games look better than their HD remakes!
Unlimited memory cards
Save states so you can quickly save and load virtually anywhere in your game.
Easy cheating with our Pnach patch system
- Use any controller (PS3, Xbox360, etc.) that works with Windows, keyboards and mice.
- Increase or decrease game speed by using the built-in frame limiter to grind fast or pass hard spots by slowing them down.
- Ability to record in Full HD with the built-in video recorder (F12 with the GSdx plugin).
So, how do I use it?
Download the version that suits you from our download section (for beginners, the full installer of the latest stable version is recommended). Get the BIOS file from your Playstation 2 console. This is not included with PCSX2 as it is a Sony copyright, so you will need to get it from your console. See the Tools section to learn how to do this.
Configure PCSX2. For beginners, the configuration guide video and quick configuration guide should be helpful. For a detailed description of each option, you can always refer to the full guide.
Insert your PS2 game CD/DVD into your DVD-Rom. You can either run it directly from the disc or use a program like IMGburn to create an ISO image of your disc for faster read access.
PCSX2 is not the easiest program on the market, although we try to make it as user-friendly as possible.
If you have problems running your game, check our compatibility list first. Is your game listed as playable there? If not, PCSX2 doesn’t support your game yet, so you’ll have to wait for a fix or try another game. If you can’t find it in the list, we don’t know if it works or not, because it hasn’t been tested!