2022 version PC PS2 emulator "PCSX2" introduction, setting method, usage! ! Windows/MAC/Linux Required Specs [PlayStation 2]

By momoka

PlayStation 2 is full of masterpieces.

PS2 era games have recently been released in HD one after another, and sales are increasing, so there are
many works that I can still enjoy, but it would be a waste to go out of my way to repurchase my own work just for the graphics,
isn't it?

Then use an emulator that allows you to enjoy beautiful images on your computer more comfortably than on a real machine!

The emu introduced this time is the PlayStation 2 emulator "PCSX2" .

・How to install PCSX2 ・Various setting methods
・Recommended peripherals to enjoy PCSX2 to the fullest
・Measures for using emu and overseas sites

Please refer to the detailed explanation for the above question. ! !

 For the time being, there is a method that was introduced on an overseas site, so I will introduce it!

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What are the required specs for the PlayStation2 emulator "PCSX2"?

Unlike retro games, PS2 has evolved 3D games, so you need a certain PC spec. Click here for official required specs!

Spec table

・Minimum specs
●CPU: Core2Duo 2.0GHz or higher / Athlon64 X2 2.6Ghz or higher
●Memory: 1GB or higher
●Graphic board: Geforce7900GT or higher / RADEON X1900GT or higher
●OS: WindowsXP or higher / Linux

・Officially recommended specs
CPU: Intel Core2Duo 3.2GHz or higher OR i3/i5/i7 2.8GHz or higher OR AMD PhenoII 3.2GHz or higher
●Memory: 2GB or higher
●Graphic board: Geforce8800 or higher
●OS: Windows7 or higher / Linux

The minimum required specs are at a level where you can manage to start.
Of course, 3D games are OK for 2D games that do not move comfortably and have a low processing load.

The official recommendation is not to raise the graphics at all, and if the same graphics as the actual machine are fine, it will work as it is. However, there is no point in using a PC with these specs.

Personally recommended specs ]

Recommended CPU

4th generation Core i3 3.6Ghz or higher

Recommended GPU

GeForce GTX 750 Ti or better


4GB or more

With this, you can enjoy most software with high image quality.
A few thousand yen is fine for a graphic board.
The PS2 emu is more important than the CPU, so you should improve it.

How to choose the best PC for PCSX2? ? ?

If you purchased a self-made PC from Mercari
or Yahoo!

In such a case, if you use this software,
it will be convenient because it will give you the details of the parts used in the computer.

 ↑ Now GTX1650 that can be used for other games in terms of cost performance

Regarding the graphic board, in the article below, the
specs, power consumption, cost performance for the price, etc.

We have created a comprehensive GPU comparison table for your reference! !

PCSX2 works without problems if it is a [ gaming laptop ]! As for the price range, the above PC with SSD and 16GB of memory is suitable, even though it is under 100,000 yen.

PlayStation2 emulator "PCSX2" download and initial settings

Step 1: Download pcsx2 installation file

pcsx2 has official version and SVN version , basically the official version is enough.

Depending on the software, the official version may have problems, so in that case, the SVN version may be used, and this time we will introduce the official version pcsx2.

Also, if you select the binary version, Visual C++ is required, so we will introduce it together.

[Download procedure]

  1. Jump to the official website "pcsx2" and select the corresponding OS because there is a Windows / MAC / Linux logo.
  2. PCSX2 1.4.0 Standalone Installer on the fly – click download to the left of 1.4.0
  3. Double-click PCSX2 1.4.0, setup will appear, so press NEXT to install

Initial installation is now complete! !

[ How to download Visual C++ ]

  1. Download the EXE file from the link below
  2. vcredist.x64  (64bit)
    vc_redist.x86.exe (32bit)
  3. After the download is complete, launch the EXE file
  4. Check the box and click [Install] below.
  5. After the installation is complete, restart your computer.

Step 2: Prepare PS2 ROM (BIN data)

PS2 game data is required to use DamonPS2 for Android .

[Prepare PS2 game data]

DamonPS2's main boot file format is "ISO file"

By sucking out your PS2 software through a modified PS2, the "ISO file" will be extracted, so there is no need for particularly difficult conversion work.

Things to prepare when sucking out

  • Windows computer
  • HDD/SSD storage equipment
  • Modified PS2
  • PS2 memory card
  • PS2 software you want to play

The game ROM dumping method is easy as long as the modification is completed! !

↑Procedure for dumping PS2 ROM data

 Step 3: Prepare PS2 BIOS

Set Bios first before starting pcsx2EXE .

Create a new folder in the main folder and change the name to "bios" folder.

Let's move the PS2 bios into this.
There is a way to suck the bios from the actual machine, so use that!

* There is also a way to download "PS2 BIOS", but you can't download it lol

Can I download ROMs from overseas sites? ?

"The sucking procedure is troublesome-"

I thought you there! ! Certainly, if you search for ROM data from Google, etc., you can fly to illegal download sites, etc., but there is a considerable risk.

↑ You can easily get it from this site, but let's not do it!

Emulators are legal, but downloading ROMs for games you don't own is considered piracy. Some companies allow you to make " backup copies " of games you already own, but this is not always allowed either.

ROMs are available online for free, but downloads are not allowed

Step 4: Initial Setup Instructions with PCSX2

(1) Start PCSX2EXE and set the initial startup settings.

② Language selection is based on Japanese, so select next.

③ Next, there are settings for graphics and controllers, but we will set them in detail later, so skip to the next

④ Select Bios Rom, so select the folder you created earlier, select the corresponding Bios, and complete the setting

Step 5: Launch PS2 Games

Once you've come this far, all you have to do is start up!

There are two ways to start PCSX2, so enjoy your favorite way.

When booting from your own PS2 disk

Loading a real PlayStation 2 disc is easy.

[Startup procedure]

  1. Insert the game disc into the DVD player, wait and wait.
  2. In PCSX2 go to System  >  Boot CDVD (Full) .

However, playing games on a DVD-ROM drive is highly discouraged.

PCSX2 is a pretty demanding emulator on your CPU. Running the game from the DVD-ROM drive slows down and slows down performance. So if possible, it will work more comfortably if you dump out the game you have in ISO format and then start it.

For ISO load boot

[Startup procedure]

  1. Put the PlayStation 2 ISOs together in a folder wherever you like.
  2. Launch PCSX2 and go to CDVD  >  ISO Selector  >  Browse .
  3. You will be able to select a file on your computer, so click the game you want to start and click [ Open ].
  4. Select System  >  (Full) Boot CDVD to launch the game.

*The next time you open PCSX2, you can select the game you want to play from this list.

PCSX2 plug-in setting method and procedure

Now, I will explain the detailed setting methods and functions of PCSX2.

PCSX2 anywhere save/load function

In PCSX2, save data can be saved on the PCSX2 side even if you are not at a save point.

[Setting procedure]

Capture State: To capture a save state, go to File  >  Save State and select one of the 10 slots. These slots are reserved so that you can store up to 10 different save states. The keyboard shortcut for saving state is F1 .

Load State: To load a previously saved state, go to File >  Load  State . Then select the destination slot. The keyboard shortcut for loading saves is F3 .

It can be used manually using quick keyboard shortcuts.

PCSX2 controller keypad settings

Emulators usually come with all keyboard keys pre-configured, but PCSX2 keys require pre-configuration.

The PlayStation 2 controller has a lot of buttons, so I recommend buying a gamepad . I wouldn't recommend using just the keyboard.

[Startup procedure]

  1. Select Config  >  Controller (PAD)  >  Plugin Settings
  2. You'll see tabs for General , Pad 1 , and Pad 2 .
  3. Pad 1 is player 1 and pad 2 is player 2. Click Pad 1 to display the following screen.
  4. The buttons within the red outline are all the buttons that need to be set.
  5. click the button in this
  6. Press the keyboard key or gamepad button you want to configure.
  7. If successful , you will see the configured button in the " Device/PC Control/PS2 Control " panel.
  8. Click OK when you have finished setting all the buttons .

Configuring the PCSX2 graphics plugin

By setting the graphics, you can reproduce the image quality of the PS3.

Depending on the game, there is an optimal way to change it, so please refer to the article below to set it up.

Configuring the PCSX2 sound plugin

You can enjoy high-quality sound by setting the sound.

Depending on the game, there is an optimal way to change it, so please refer to the article below to set it up.