Setup a Memory Card for the PCSX2 Emulator for PlayStation 2

Edited by Sam, Eng, VisiHow

In the PCSX2 PlayStation 2 emulator, saving your game is very important. This is especially true of the more advanced PlayStation games, where it's not possible to complete the game in a day. With these games, you'll want to save your progress. Thankfully, the PCSX2 PlayStation 2 emulator comes with full memory-card support. However, there are several ways to manage your memory card. Not all of these memory cards are equal, and the ones you might thing work best don't always do that. We'll cover the best methods below, with tips and tricks to help you get the most out of your PCSX2 memory cards.

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Set Up PCSX2 Memory Cards

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    First, let's go ahead and double-click the PlayStation 2 emulator icon to open it
    This will launch the PCSX2 emulator.
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    When the PCSX2 window opens, click on 'Config'
    Then, choose 'Memory cards' from the option provided.
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    Now, a new window will be opened
    This is the memory-card management window. Here, you can create, delete, duplicate, and rename your PlayStation 2 memory cards.
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    To create a memory card, click anywhere other than the memory cards themselves
    When doing this, you will see that there is a new button that reads 'Create', instead of 'Delete'. Click the 'Create' button one time now.
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    This will open a new window
    The first thing you will need to do is to name your memory card. In this case, we will name our memory card 'VisiHow'. The next thing you will need to do is to choose the capacity of the card, for which we have five different options. Once you choose a suitable memory card capacity for the game you would like to play, make sure that the 'NTFS' mark is ticked. When you've done that, press once on 'Create'.
    • The first option is a basic 8 MB memory card. This is a standard PlayStation 2 memory card.
    • The second memory card option is for 16 MB. These capacity memory cards were usually found in aftermarket third-party memory cards.
    • The third option is to have a 32 MB memory card. Just like the 16 MB memory cards discussed above, these are aftermarket but were compatible with almost any game.
    • The last physical card option we have the massive 64 MB memory card option. This may seem like a very comfortable solution due to its huge size, but, unfortunately, it is much lower in terms of compatibility with games. Because of this, you may have problems with saved games; and we don't recommend using this one unless you really know what you're doing.
    • Lastly, there is an option to use folders. This method incorporates the use of folders to save games, instead of using memory cards. This method will save games inside of a folder instead of your selected memory card. If you're just planning to play games, this method should be avoided. It can also have compatibility issues, as in most cases the PCSX2 emulator expects to find memory cards rather than folders; and some games may not load saved game data properly.
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    This will create a memory card for you
    When the process has been finished, you should see that your new PlayStation Two memory card has been created. It will be grayed out, indicating that the card is active and can no longer be modified.
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    To use your newly created PlayStation 2 memory card, simply select it and click 'Insert'
    In the new window that pops up, just choose the slot you want to use and click OK.
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    In our case, we chose slot number one
    If you chose slot number one, you should now see that your new memory card has been assigned to slot number one too.
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    If you want to edit, modify, or work on a memory card, instead of clicking 'Insert' when you have selected the memory card you want work with, you can perform other functions
    You can click 'Duplicate' to duplicate the memory card, click 'Rename' if you want to rename it, click 'Delete' to delete the memory card, or click 'Convert' to convert it. Also don't forget to make sure the two boxes below the memory card buttons are both ticked and then click 'OK' to save your changes.
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Congratulations! You have now created your first PCSX2 PlayStation 2 emulator memory card! You can now save and load any games you wish and enjoy your favorite PlayStation 2 games from the beginning to the end.

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Additional Tips

  • If you chose the 64 MB memory card option and find that you have problems with it, you can always convert the memory card. This may not solve your problems, but it can sometimes work.
  • As we suggested above, using a 64 MB memory card can create problems. Try to avoid this if possible, as you can sometimes run into problems with saved games that you can't fix.
  • The use of folders to save games in is generally a bad idea. It's OK if you are saving a simple game to which you can easily come back or on which you don't mind losing progress; but it's an issue for larger games or more complex saved games. Avoid this when possible.

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