Play PS2 Games on PC

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Do you want to play your PS2 titles but you don't have a PlayStation 2 unit anymore? If you miss playing those good titles on PS2 and you want to play them today, your wait is over. You can play PS2 game discs and PS2 ISO files on your PC, by following this comprehensive guide."

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Recommended System Requirements:

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    CPU
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    Intel Core2Duo @ 2.8 GHz or higher
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    Graphics
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    8500GT or higher
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    RAM
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    2GB or higher
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    OS
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    Linux/WinXP/Vista/Win7
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    Optional
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    DVDROM Drive (to play your PS2 disc), USB PS2 type controller
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Download & Install the PCSX2 Standalone Installer

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    Go to the Official PCSX2 website. PCSX2 is available to play on Windows, Linux, and Mac.
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    Click on the appropriate download link from the drop-down menu
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    I will be selecting and downloading the latest Windows version for this walk through.
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    Click on the 'Download' button to download the latest PCSX2 Standalone Installer.
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    After the EXE file has been downloaded, double-click on it to start the installation process
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    Proceed with the step-by-step wizard installation by clicking on the 'Next' button and then the 'Install' button.
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    Installation can take up to 5 minutes depending on internet connection and the specifications of your computer.
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Do Not Skip: Setup and Configuration of PSCX2

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    Once you have finished downloading and installing PSCX2 from the previous step, locate PSCX2 and click on it to run the application
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    You should be brought to the PSCX2 First Time Configuration Screen
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    Click 'Next' to continue.
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    Click on 'Next' to continue.
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    However, the greatest benefits about PSCX2 is not just about the emulator itself, but about the amount of different customizing you have control over in these drop-down menus
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    These various configurations will allow you to obtain a richer gaming experience (i.e. third-party shaders, in-game texture details, etc.) They can be configured from within PCSX2.
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    This is the most critical part of the process
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    Proceed below the screenshot to continue on.
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    You will be prompted to input the BIOS file, which is needed to allow the program to know the approximate location you are playing from North America, Japan, etc
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    This also will affect various text and sound functions in the application.
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DISCLAIMER: Technically, while you can find various PS2 BIOS files online, the only legal method to obtain the BIOS files is to rip the BIOS from your own PS2. There is program to do so on the PSCX2 website but use that at your own risk.'

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  1. 1
    Download the following pre-tested BIOS files here. You will need to scroll down the page a bit after confirming your not a robot.
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    Once you have downloaded the BIOS files, copy the ZIP file and paste it to the following directory
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    C:\Users\[User Name]\Documents\PCSX2\BIOS. This is the root BIOS directory.
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    Next, extract the ZIP file that you copied to that location, and you should see a bunch of folders that you can select from
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    To activate the BIOS, you will need to cut and paste the contents of one of the folders (typically a BIN file) in the root BIOS directory
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    For USA/English this would be the one out of the /SCPH-70012 folder.
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    Once complete, go back to PCSX2 and click on the 'Refresh List' button to see the available BIOS ROM
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    Left-click on the BIOS file under available BIOS ROM and then click on the 'Finish' button to complete the setup process
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    You have now completed the initial setup of PSCX2.
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Playing a PS2 ISO Game File in PSCX2

Now that you have downloaded, setup PCSX2 with the necessary BIOS files, you are now ready to play whichever game you want.

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    To begin playing a game you wish, we suggest you go to a reputable ROM site like EMU Paradise.
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    Search for the PS2 game file of your choice and download the file to your computer.
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    Please note this may take awhile as you are downloading an entire game
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    Once you have downloaded your ROM and extracted the ISO, click on "CDVD" > "ISO Selector" > "Browse."
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    Browse and select the image game file that you downloaded/saved on your computer
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    (Supported file type includes ISO, mdf, nrg, bin, img, & dump)
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    Click "Open."
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    Click "System" > "Boot CDVD (Fast)"
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    Wait for the game to boot up and enjoy!
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Run a PS2 Game Disc in PSCX2

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    Run the installed PCSX2 on your PC.
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    Insert a PS2 game disc on your DVD-ROM drive
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    Click "CDVD" and select "Plugin."
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    Click "Config" > "Plugin/BIOS Selector."
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    Select the 'Configure' button beside "cdvdGigaherz (r4488) 0.8.0[cdvdGigaherz]."
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    Select "X
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    source drive." (Where "X:" is the letter of your DVD-ROM drive.)
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    Click on the "OK" button (two different "OK" buttons).
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    Click "System" > "Boot CDVD (Fast)."
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    Wait for the game to boot up and enjoy!
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Tips Tricks & Warnings

  • You can manually configure the control key by going to "Config" > "Controllers (PAD)" > "Plugin Settings."
  • You can fully customize the controls keys. It is best to use a USB PS2 game controller for a better gaming experience.
  • You may experience lags, especially when playing heavy 3-D graphics game. It would be helpful to upgrade your video card and follow the system requirements above.

Questions and Answers

How can I select the game in the ISO selector?

After I installed the PCSX2 I inserted the PS2 game (pes 2012) the I choose the ISO selector then I browse the disk that I inserted but it doesn't work, please help

If you have successfully installed the software PCSX2 then have already done configuring it? If not try to configure it first to run the game from your DVDR disk drive. Just first go to "CDVD" and choose Plugin > Config > then click Plugin/BIOS Selector then select cdvdGigaherz (r4488) 0.8.0[cdvdGigaherz] (on some cases it does not work on other DVD disk drives you can try choosing other options if this option doesn't work for you.) > Now select configure and choose :X (in here you must select your dvdr/cdr disk driver letter) hit OK when done then back to system select BOOT CD/DVD. There are also some cases that your DVD game is full of scratch and its damage, it is either your CD driver cannot read it or the disk is already broken and unreadable.

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Can I run all the PS2 games on my rig?

Pentium G630. 4GB DDR3 RAM. Nvidia GT 730 2GB GDDR5 GPU. I want to play god of war games and some games from the from software gaming company and also where do I find the optimal settings for it. Thank you

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Cannot run PCSX2 in my PC, have error api-win-crt-runtime-l1-1-0.dll is missing from your computer?

My PC have system error; the program can't start because api-win-crt-runtime-l1-1-0.dll is missing from your computer

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About PS2 Emulator, How can I save that copy of ISO sir, so I can play my old PS2 games?

My PS2 is not working well anymore, last time I played Pokemon on my laptop, so I think I can play PS2 games too on my laptop, I read this article To Run a PS2 ISO Game File in PSCX2: 1.Save a copy of your PS2 ISO game on your PC.

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How can I save that copy of ISO sir, so I can play my old PS2 games, need your help. Thanks, God bless

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    Download freeisocreator_setup.exe from http://www.freeisocreator.com/.
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    Install and launch Free ISO Creator.
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    Insert your PlayStation 2 game disc into your optical drive.
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    In Free ISO Creator, click "Browse".
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    Navigate to your optical drive letter, click it, and click "OK".
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    Click "Save as" and navigate to the folder where you would like to keep ISO files.
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    Click "OK".
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    Click "Create".
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Your ISO will be created!

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How do I get an emulator for PS2?

I have an operating system called Ubuntu and I need a way to play PS2 games and make them like a PC game

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    Download the Linux version of the PCSX2 emulator.
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    Open the terminal to install pcsx2 ppa.
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    Type "sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gregory-hainaut/pcsx2.official.ppa"
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    After you've completed the operation, type "sudo apt-get update" and "sudo apt-get install pcsx2-unstable".
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How to make BIOS folder full with document?

Its says please valid BIOS.unable to finish

That means that either your BIOS was dumped incorrectly from your PlayStation 2 or that you have no BIOS file at all. In order to make a BIOS file, you will need a PlayStation 2, a flash drive, and a means to transfer the file from your computer to the console (from step 4 in the "BIOS files are missing when completing setup?" answer).

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Please follow the steps described in the "BIOS files are missing when completing setup?" answer on this page.

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BIOS files are missing when completing setup?

After downloading the installer, I am unable to see any BIOS files when using the installer. Where are the BIOS files located? I have made sure that all of the instructions were followed through to the install portion, but now I'm stuck.

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BIOS is not distributed with emulators. It is not legal to share it. You will have to obtain it by yourself from your game platform. The process is not too hard, but it may require some practice.

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    In order to get a BIOS, you need to take a PlayStation 2 and upload its BIOS into a digital PC format
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    The process is called "dumping the BIOS".
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    Download Dump BIOS or DVD Scan
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    Unpack them
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    You should get .ELF files that should be run on the PlayStation 2.
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    Obtain equipment to transfer the file to PlayStation 2
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    You can buy a Memor32 memory car, ARmax, Codebreaker, Game Shark 2, McBoot, etc. One of these or similar devices will help you transfer the files to the PlayStation 2.
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    Now, you will have to run at least one of these programs on your PlayStation 2
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    These programs are the ".ELF" extension.
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    After you execute the .ELF file, the program will rip the BIOS onto a USB drive that you have to insert into your PlayStation 2.
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    Copy the file from the USB flash onto your PC.
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After the upgrade of my video card, the games keep going in slow motion?

Hi! I downloaded the latest version of PCSX2. I download an ISO game, and sometimes it's OK; but sometimes, things move in slow motion. I upgraded the video card of my PC (Windows 8.1), but nothing happens. If the reason is the power of my PC, can I do something else? Thanks!

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Your CPU can be the limiting factor in emulation, especially if it has only two cores. With some CPUs, you can increase the CPU speed (overclock them) along with the RAM. This can be done in BIOS, and it is specific to your motherboard, RAM, and CPU configuration.

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Launch PSCX2. Press "Ctrl" + "Shift" + "Esc" to open Task Manager. In Task Manager, right-click PCSX2.exe. Select "Priority". Click "Realtime".

You can still change some settings in the emulator to attempt to get a higher speed in games. Go to "Config" and "Graphic plugin settings". Switch between DirectX9, DirectX11, and OpenGL. Switch from "hardware" to "software" in rendering: even though the hardware is faster, not all games support it. Also, leave native resolution in graphic settings. Set "Texture filtering" to "1/2 (square)". Set Antialiasing/AF to 0. In "Config" > "Emulation settings" > "Speedhacks". Turn on "multithreaded VU". Increase the EE cycle rate and VU cycle stealing sliders by increments of one and test your games.

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Can I run pcxs2 software for my PC have 1GB RAM?

I have only 1GB RAM, can I run pcxs2 software for my computer and I cannot have a graphic card

1 GB of RAM is the minimum requirement; so, your system passes that. However, a dedicated video card (GeForce 210 or Radeon X600 or better) is required. Even if you are able to launch the emulator and open a game, you will not be able to enjoy it. It will either not run at all or be too slow, depending on your built-in video card chip.

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My laptop is asking for GS plugin file?

It is not installing. My laptop is asking for GS plugin file and says there are no plugins

The plug-ins can be downloaded at http://pcsx2.net/download/viewcategory/38-plugins.html. If you are running Windows 7 or later and a DirectX-10-compatible video card, then you can click the "GSdx10" section on the page. Otherwise, experiment with "GSdx unified" and "GSdx9".

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You may need to install the latest video drivers for your video card and DirectX if you have not done so. Unrar the downloaded archive. You will get a package of ZIP files. Unzip the latest version and you will get the missing plug-in DLL files.

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Game from DVD not working after applying settings?

I applied your recommended settings but when I try to open it says "The file could not be created" Path: C:\Program Files\PCSX2 1.2.1\BIOS\scph30004.nvm

If you do not have full administrator rights with the User Account Control disabled, then you will just need to move the emulator from the "Program Files" directory to another one outside of it. For example, "C:\Games\PCSX".

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The other solution is gaining administrative rights for your account and disabling UAC to see if it can help you. Click the Start button in the lower-left corner. Type "User Account" and press "Enter". Click "Manage User Accounts", select your account, and change its membership to "Administrators" (the step for doing that depend upon your being in a domain, in a group, etc.). Accept the changes and go back to the "User Accounts" window. Click "Change User Account Control settings". In the new window, move the slider to the bottom ("Never notify"). Click "OK" to accept the changes.

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Hi hope you could answer my question, please?

How to install mcboot on my PS2. I have tried: Actually, don't know how to install

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I can't see the x letter in the source drive?

I select DVD and click configure. In there I don't see the x letter

You do not need the "X" letter. You need to make sure that you have a functional optical drive with a disc inside. Then, press the Windows and "E" keys to open File Explorer. Look for "BD-RE", "DVD-RW", "CD-ROM", "CD-RW", etc. Before this, you will see a letter. Replace "X" with that letter. Please note that if you have several optical drives, then you will need to choose the correct one with the inserted disc.

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The SCPH-70012_BIOS_V12 still appear as BIN file. And the BIOS ROM didn't show anything?

I already copy and paste the SCPH-70012_BIOS_V12 to the location stated but it appears as BIN file. I follow exactly like the article shows but I got stuck in step 4 of BIOS file. I need a little help on this. I have tried: Same as the article say so but as I mentioned before, the BIN file didn't change to a blue square icon like the one in the article. I think it was caused by: I don't know. That's why I seek for your help on this.

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Hello, every time I download the file it downloads as a WordPad document?

Every time I download it, it always is a notepad document I don't know how to do this. I can't correctly download the file, it always downloads as a notepad document and not what is shown I can't extract it thus ruining the entire process.

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