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PCSX2

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License:
Free (GPL)
Language:
English
OS:
  • Windows 2000
  • Windows XP
  • Windows Vista
  • Windows 7
  • Windows 8
Latest version:
1.2.1 10/02/14
Last month's downloads:
18,303
Size:
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PCSX2 is fully compatible with:

  • Windows 2000
  • Windows XP
  • Windows Vista
  • Windows 7
  • Windows 8

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Minimum requirements
Others: PS2 BIOS facility
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Versions of PCSX2

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Version License Language O.S. Download
PCSX2 1.2.1 10/02/14 Free (GPL) English
  • Windows 2000
  • Windows XP
  • Windows Vista
  • Windows 7
  • Windows 8
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PCSX2 1.2.1 10/02/14 Free (GPL) English
  • Windows 2000
  • Windows XP
  • Windows Vista
  • Windows 7
  • Windows 8
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PCSX2 1.2.0 05/02/14 Free (GPL) English
  • Windows 2000
  • Windows XP
  • Windows Vista
  • Windows 7
  • Windows 8
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PC emulator for Playstation 2

Softonic Editorial Team

Recent changes

  • TLB Slowness bug fixed

Review last updated: 17/02/14

Pros
  • Emulates PS2 games with remarkable accuracy
  • You can toggle between Windows and the Emulator
Cons
  • Setup process can be complicated
  • Crashes when dealing with complex graphics

PCSX2 is a Playstation 2 Emulattor for Windows

PCSX2 is a Playstation 2 emulator for PC which has been going for over 10 years. The compatibility rates boast over 80% of all PS2 games as playable and provides an enjoyable experience for reasonably powerful computers, but provides support for lower end computers for those curious to seeing their Playstation 2 games working on their PC!

The emulator provides means of using controllers to simulate the Playstation experience and gives you the ability to either run the games straight from the disc or as an ISO image from your hard drive.

Other notable features are as follow:

Savestates - You can press one button to save the current "State" of your game so if you need to turn it off, you can jump right back to where you were without waiting for the game to load!

Unlimited Memory Cards - You can save as many memory cards as you like, you are no longer limited to the single physical cards like you would be on the real machine. What's even better, you can have anything from 8mb to 64mb cards!

Higher Definition Graphics - With PCSX2 you have the ability to play your games in 1080p, or even 4K HD if you want to! The graphics plugin GSDX gives you the opportunity to simulate the real experience or make your game look like a Playstation 3 HD re-release!.

The only thing you require other than the emulator and a game is your Playstation 2 BIOS, which can be extracted from your console.

"A good idea that was poorly executed."

Probably the worst emulator I have ever come across. Does a terrible job at keeping a steady frame rate and not only this but video rendering quality is awful, regardless of the program's plugin settings. After digging deep online for the user manual, I consulted it to adjust the program's plugin settings accordingly to increase performance (do to the constant lag, which rendered any game unplayable) although this had very little impact across 15 different games.

I know it's not the fault of my system (Intel i7-3630 @2.4GHz, w/hyperthreading; 16GB DDR3 1600MHz RAM; Nvidia GeForce GTX 660 w/ 2GB dedicated GDDR5 video memory) as I have a very good system that will run most modern games at ultra settings with at least a steady 40fps (Alien Isolation, for example runs at 50+fps when the graphics are set as high as they can go).

The program's communication with the hardware must be faulty or poorly programmed (probably both). It is a good thing this product is freeware, as I would be hard pressed to pay money for it. It seems it was designed to work on only one (or few) individual systems.

Not to mention all the work the user has to do to set this program up properly (and even then it will not run well, even with your GPU selected as the main renderer) which turns many people off.

After trying combination after combination after combination of different settings in an attempt to try to get this program to run well on my computer with a steady frame rate, I have concluded that it is pointless to download this software and users are much better advised to just buy a PS2 and any desired games from eBay.

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