PCSX2 1.0 Playstation 2 emulator. Play PS2 games on your PC

Martin Brinkmann
Aug 7, 2012
Updated • Dec 26, 2012
Games, Windows software

The Playstation 2 was the dominant system of its time, and even though my beloved Sega Dreamcast was ahead of its time in many regards, it was the Playstation's general appeal and the success of the Playstation 1 that made it the number one system back then. It was the time when Microsoft entered the market with its first Xbox, which I modded into the perfect multimedia device.

If you still have old Playstation1 or Playstation 2 games you may be lucky enough to play some of them on a PS3 system if you own it. If not, your best solution to play them besides connecting your old PS2 to the television is emulation. One of the best Playstation 2 emulators has recently been released as version 1.0. The latest version supports 1697 games, including all time favorites like Shadow of the Colossus, the God of War and Grand Theft Auto series, Kingdom Hearts and of course Final Fantasy and Metal Gear Solid.

You can check if your games are compatibility here on this page. So how does the emulator work? You first need to download it from the official website. It is available for Windows, Linux and Mac, as well as source code. Installation should not pose any troubles. What you do however need is a Playstation BIOS to load games any games.  What you should do is extract the BIOS file from your Playstation 2 gaming system, the process is explained on the forum.

Once that is out of the way, you need to configure the controls. If you have a compatible gamepad I suggest you connect that to your computer as it is the most comfortable option to play games using the emulator. If you do not have a pad, you can map the buttons of the Playstation 2 gamepad to the keyboard of the system. This works well for games that are not fast paced action games.

control pad playstation 2

You can then load Playstation 2 games, for instance as ISO images, right from within the program interface. I'd like to point out that the emulator has been created for gamers who own a Playstation 2 and the games they want to play on their PC.

ps2 emulator

You can scale the resolution up to 1080p, make various modifications to the graphics and audio processing to get the most out of the emulation and benefit from a variety of other features that it makes available like saving games or adjusting the game speed.

You do need a fast modern PC for the emulator to render the games in acceptable frames per seconds. The recommended hardware for the emulator is an Intel Core Duo 2.3 Ghz or better processor, at least an Nvidia 8600GT or better, and 1 Gigabytes of RAM. The more extra processing power you have the better.


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  1. lull said on August 14, 2012 at 2:08 am

    10 years and this POS emulator still dont work.

  2. Daniel said on August 12, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    I have used this emulator to play Dragon Quest VIII which plays great occasionally it will stutter for a second every 15 minutes or so but fine 95% of the time but my system isn’t top of the range by any means amd athlon series 2.6GHZ 4gb dd2 ram 500w psu ati radeon 5670 series windows 7 ultimate x64 edition i have been into Dragon quest for about 10 hours now and play great have also tested kingdom hearts 1 & 2 &COM Final Fantasy X x men legends and resident evil 4 all games have had great fps 50-60 on all of the games constantly except Dragon Quest viii which lags now and then for a sec fantastic emulator and i hope you guys keep up the great work you have been doing all these years thanks

  3. Avi said on August 8, 2012 at 3:52 am

    This is one of my favorite game of all time Shadow of Colossus.

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on August 8, 2012 at 2:38 pm

      I agree, I actually have bought the Classics HD bundle for the PS3, that includes ICO and Shadow of the Colossus in a double pack. Great deal and replaced my original version of the game.

  4. Pikey said on August 7, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    I saw this on slashdot a couple days back and decided to give it a go…. again. This time with my Core i3 530 @ 3.8Ghz – HT disabled – Performance mode with an AMD 6670.

    I laughed my arse off when GT4 stuttered. Sorry, but this dog just won’t hunt! I’ll try again in 2 years when I upgrade my system. Kudos to the boys at PCSX2 for reaching stable but unless you have a ROCKET SHIP you’re results will be shaky.

  5. Edward said on August 7, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    I have tried many but they didnt work but it work like a chram tanks Ghack wonder full will share this on facebook

  6. Eli said on August 7, 2012 at 8:12 pm

    Great news, although if you have been keeping up with the SVN builds like me there will be very little difference between them and 1.0.0.

    Also rumor has it that Dolphin 4.0 will be releasing soonish, tis a good time for emulators.

  7. jay said on August 7, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    They finally released a final version, Great! Will update to this soon

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