How to Play PS2 Games on PC with PCSX2

A lot of people have been asking if it is possible to play PS2 games on PC and the answer is yes!

Now you can play your favourite PS2 games which you used to play, directly on your PC.

The emulator, PCSX2 will allow you to play your favourite console games on your computer.

The process is almost the same as that of ps3 games on pc, but with some extra settings which are completely described in this article.

If this sounds like something you want to do, keep reading for a step-by-step guide on how to get started. 

Step By Step Guide To Play PS2 Games On Your PC

To start playing PS2 games on your computer, you will need to do the following:

Step 1. Download and install the latest PCSX2 emulator

First of all, visit the official PCSX2 website

On their homepage, look for a green button that says “Download Latest Version”.

Click on this to start the download.

Once you have downloaded it, open up your file explorer and go to where you saved the file.

To install it, simply double-click on it and follow any instructions that may appear on your screen. 

Step 2. Download a PS2 game disc image (.iso)

Now that you have your emulator installed, it’s time to get the game images.

You should already have these if you wanted to play PS2 games but if not you can easily download them from a site.

Once downloaded, make sure to put this file in the same folder as the PCSX2 emulator (which is likely stored in “Program Files”) so both are sitting side by side for now!    

Now let us move on to how to configure your plugins and start playing this awesome retro game on your PC!

Step 3. Configure your settings to emulate a PS2 console

First of all, open the PCSX2 emulator that you previously installed.

Once it has loaded, look through your menu to find where it says “Config”.

When you click on this a new window will appear with lots of options for you to change. We need to do this in order to make the game work properly on your computer.

To start off, choose “Config/Emulation Settings” at the top (this is should be the default).  

You will now see several tabs which each hold different configurations for your emulator.

Firstly, we are going to configure our controller settings by clicking on the Controllers(PAD) tab.

Now press “Pad 1” and then select an option from the list to emulate the PS2’s DualShock controller.

Once you have picked a pad, go ahead and click on “Configure” to set it up according to your preference (i.e which buttons correspond with which letters and direction keys).

You can also configure more controllers if you want by selecting them from the dropdown menu.

When you are done, press “OK”.

Secondly, look for the Graphics(GS) tab and click on it.

Here we need to change a few settings so that our game will work properly on our computer.

Notice how there is an option called “Emulation Speed” which is set at 100% by default.

This means that your computer will try as hard as possible to emulate the PS2 console with all of its respective features such as speed and rendering.

So what we want to do here is change this setting either above or below 50% (if you can go lower then do so) because if you leave it at 100%, your computer may start running slow and lagging (it depends on how powerful your computer is).  

You also want to make sure that you have the “EE/IOP” option selected from the dropdown menu.

This will tell your computer how exactly it should emulate the PS2 console and what to focus on, which in this case is its processor (i.e EE or IOP).

If you do not see this option, simply click on Configure and a new window will pop up with more settings for you to configure.

Now press OK and we can move on to configuring our sound settings.

Lastly, look for the “Sound(SPU2)” tab and click on it.

Here we need to change a few things so that we can hear all of our games sounds and music.

First of all, make sure that “SPU2-X” is selected from the dropdown menu (if you do not see this option then click on Configure and a new window asking for more settings will appear).  

Next, change the Output Device to DirectSound.

Now under Latency Settings, we want to untick everything by clicking once on each one of them until it reads “None”.

This means that your sound won’t lag behind or get ahead of what’s happening in the game which can really ruin a certain scene or moment.

Finally, press OK and we are good to go!   

Start Playing Your Favorite PS2 Game On PC! 

Now that you have configured everything, the only thing left to do is load up your ISO file and start playing.

To do this firstly look for the CDVD(ISO) tab and click on it.

Then choose an option from “Image File” where you can select your ISO file which you downloaded earlier (make sure that “With BIOS” is selected if applicable).

Once done, press OK.   

Now open up “Game”(Boot CDVD) by clicking on it and choose the game or application that you want to play.

The game should start up now, Enjoy your game or play it with friends!

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How do I run the PS2 BIOS in order to play my games?

A. This is a very important question and it’s easy to answer; you simply cannot!
It does not work that way because all of your ISOs that are downloaded or ripped from your own discs will already contain the necessary files (i.e BIOS, EXE etc.) in order to run on your emulator without requiring any external files.    

My PCSX2 isn’t working and l keep getting an error message which says “EE/IOP Realtime Thread” has encountered a problem and needs to close?

This means there is something wrong with your configuration settings and this happens certain options such as EE/IOP/GS need to be configured in order for the emulator to work correctly.

How do I make PCSX2 run faster?

By default, it is set at 100% which means your computer will emulate a PS2 console to its fullest potential.  

Can I play PS2 games on PCSX2 without a controller?

Yes! If you have an emulator, then yes because emulators are just another form of software that can help you play your favourite console or handheld game on your computer.
Of course, if it’s more convenient for you, then you can plug in a controller such as a PS2 controller/keyboard etc.    

How do I run the PS2 BIOS in order to play my games?

This is a very important question and it’s easy to answer; you simply cannot!
It does not work that way because all of your ISOs that are downloaded or ripped from your own discs will already contain the necessary files (i.e BIOS, EXE etc.) in order to run on your emulator without requiring any external files.    

Conclusion

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and learnt how to play your favourite PS2 games on PC with the help of PCSX2.

I would like to mention that I covered most, if not all of the frequently asked questions; however, there may be some which I missed out or simply did not know about.    

So please feel free to ask in the comments section below and I will try my best to answer them as soon as possible.

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