Speed Up PS2 Emulator

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We all want to replay our favorite games from time to time, but sometimes we don't have that retro console any more. This is especially true of older consoles, like the PlayStation 2. In this case, the only option is to use an emulator. Let's say you want to play Metal Gear Solid 3, Snake Eater - or maybe Kingdom Hearts. You launch the emulator and get ready and hyped up to relive your childhood memories, but you notice the game runs slower than you remember. In most cases you're probably right. Emulation programs are always a little inaccurate. In the tutorial below, we will show you how to speed up your PlayStation 2 emulator so it's more responsive, and gives you the game play experience you remember.

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Speed Up Your PS2 Emulator

To speed up your PS2 Emulator, we have to change some settings on the emulator itself.

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    Double-click on the emulator icon to open it, and then click 'Config'
    A drop-down menu will open and you'll need to click the 'Emulation Settings'.
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    When the window opens you'll have several options to choose from
    Look in the lower left corner of the window. This is where the presets are. Since it's pinned, everything else in that window will be grayed out. You can just move the slider on the right and choose the default presets that suit your computer. Each time you move the slider to the right, the preset will change. This allows the emulator to use more power from the computer. If the computer is slow, then the games will run slower too, so you have to choose accordingly and try each of the presets one by one to see which suits you and your system best.
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    If you uncheck the presets, you can change the settings manually
    Depending on your machine and your computer, all of these settings can be different. There is no way to tell in advance what will be the best set up for your computer, therefore, the best thing to do is to change the settings one by one. Then run the game to eventually find the settings that have the best frame rate and performance.
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    When you are done, click on speed hacks on the left side of the window
    Now all you have to do on the right side is to enable speed hacks and then move the two sliders either to the left or to the right. Again, depending on your computer and the game you're playing, these may have different effects. There's a bit of trial and error involved in this process. Once you're done click 'OK'.
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    Now that you're done with the emulation settings, you need to change the video card driver settings
    Once more, click on 'Config', but now choose Plugin/BIOS selector.
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    This will open and start checking for the plug-ins
    Wait for it to finish.
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    When it's done you need to choose the GS plug-in.
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    Click on the drop-down menu and select the best one for your computer
    Depending on your CPU, you need to select different plug-ins. In this case, the best plugin was the SSE 4.1. If you're not sure which to choose for your system, that's OK. Just try them one by one and see which works best with your game.
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    Finally, you need to choose the plug-in settings
    On the main window of the emulator, press "Config'. Then move the mouse cursor to video GS, and select 'Plug-in Settings'.
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    From the first drop-down menu of the adapter settings, you need to choose your video card adapter
    In this case it's an Intel HD graphics card. Next, you have the renderer, and in the screenshot we have OpenGL hardware. Select this if your system supports it. In our case, unfortunately this video card doesn't support OpenGL, so the frame rate and overall performance of the game won't be as good as it could be. We will click on the drop-down menu instead, and select the best one for our system. Again, depending on your operating system, you might have several options here. You also need to choose the DirectX version that your computer supports - the higher the better. If you see screen flickering during your game, just choose a different kind of interlacing. Alternatively you can press F5 during the game play and update it while you're playing.
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    Now you know how to speed up your Playstation2 Emulator, and get the most out of your games
    Don't forget to let us know of any problems you may have, and we'll help you to fix them.
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Additional Tips

As mentioned before, different computers and games require different setups. If you aren't happy with your performance, try each setting one by one for the game you're playing, until you have good results. Once you're happy with your set up, you're ready to sit back and enjoy hours of game filled nostalgia.

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