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Playing PS2 games on your PC easily

Filed Under (games, guide) by Abbas on 10-08-2008

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I’ve been reading alot of posts by new users complaining about not being able to get the playstation2 emulator, PCSX2, to work properly. Since I’ve been testing my PS2 games on this emulator since its very early stages, I thought it was about time i wrote a configuration guide for all you guys who might be interested in playing PS2 games on your PCs. First of all, if you want to know about why you should test/play your PS2 games on PC, here are a few good reasons:

  • PCSX2 lets you play games in very high resolution because of the advanced graphics plugins that it uses, compared to the low resolution of the PS2 console.
  • You can save your PS2 games at ANYTIME you want without needing any ingame checkpoint, by using save-states. Thats a very big advantage for games that won’t let you save your game unless you reach a checkpoint or the end of a level.
  • You can take high-resolution screenshots of games while playing on your PC and you can even record videos of your gameplay if you want to show off to your friends. :) There are alot more reasons but by now I guess you will be interested in giving PCSX2 a try anyway, so back to the topic.

The guide:

First of all, you’ll be needing to download PCSX2 (quite obvious :P ). After installing it, you’ll be needing a PS2 bios file (which is normally named like SCPH-XXXX.bin), this file basically contains all the information about how a PS2 plays a game. PCSX2 needs this file to play games on your PC. You will have to search for this file on Google as I can’t host it since its Sony’s property. After you’ve got the BIOS file (SCPH-XXXX.bin), put it in /bios directory of PCSX2′s folder.

Now its time to launch PCSX2 and configure it. So run the emulator.

Tekken4, a PS2 game, running on PCSX2 in Windows Vista

Tekken4, a PS2 game, running on PCSX2 in Windows Vista

Now click on Config from the menu, and choose Configuration       

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Now you’ll see the configuration window. If your PS2 bios file is in the correct location, you should be able to see it in the BIOS combo list as shown in the screenshot below.

PCSX2, a PS2 emulator for Windows and Linux

PCSX2, a PS2 emulator for Windows and Linux

In the next step, make sure the gsdx video plugin is selected in the Graphics dropdown menu
This plugin is the most compatible one. PCSX2 will probably crash if you have an old video card and you try using ZeroGS graphics plugin

This plugin is the most compatible one. PCSX2 will probably crash if you have an old video card and you try using ZeroGS graphics plugin


Now make sure PEOPs CDVD plugin is selected in the cdvdrom drop down menu. Also, after selecting the peops plugin, click on the configure button below it and choose the drive letter that corresponds to your cd/dvd rom drive. Normally it’ll be the first drive letter you’ll see in the list

Don't forget to configure this cdvdrom plugin and select the correct drive letter that corresponds to your cd/dvd drive

Don't forget to configure this cdvdrom plugin and select the correct drive letter that corresponds to your cd/dvd drive

Press OK so that all the settings get saved. Now you’re set to play the game of your choice :) , just insert any of your PS2 game to your CD / DVD rom drive and click on File > Run CDVD.

PCSX2 will start emulating/playing your game now.  Just to show you the power of PCSX2, here are some snapshots of Tekken4 running on my PC with PCSX2.


Choosing a character, i can beat you with just Jin's punches in Tekken4. Open challenge everyone! :D

Choosing a character, i can beat you with just Jin's punches in Tekken4. Open challenge everyone! :D

Julia, beautiful girl, getting demon pawed by Jin Kazama.

Julia, beautiful character, getting demon pawed by Jin Kazama. WOW :)

This is almost all that there is to learn. You, little Jedi can play PS2 games on your own now. Welcome to the world of PS2 emulation. I hope this guide helped you out in some way.

P.S.: You’ll be needing a fast enough computer with a video card that supports atleast PS2.0 to play games at near-full or playable speeds.

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Comments:

51 Responses to “Playing PS2 games on your PC easily”


  1. You forgot to mention that it run damn slow as in frame rate ;) if you don’t have a good graphics card


  2. yeah saad, forgot that part, added that as a note at the end of the guide. Thanks for pointing out


  3. thanks i really needed such a tutorial…


  4. damn,ive got pixel shader 3.0 and fifa street 2 is runing tooooooo sloooow,& if i say to slow,i mean reallyyyy slow


  5. thanks for all this but dear please please please guide me how to download bios and plugins????


  6. All i can say Jaypal , is that you can download the bios from google , if you search , or do a search for torrents.
    Plugins are already with the install that this site has.


  7. You don’t need that great of a graphics card to emulate the PS2. What you really need is a lot of processor power to emulate the PS2′s bank of processors. Also, most of your games won’t work 100% even if you have a super computer because the emulator is a work in progress. It took the same team of people 5 years to finish their PS1 emulator.


  8. Interesting.. i’ve been looking for a guide like this.. do you have any ideas as to what system requirements should be to make it playable?

    ive got a Intel Core2Duo E8400, nVidia 8800gt, 4GB ram… is that good enough?


  9. Im able to run an iso off my hard drive, but when i changed the setting to run off disc and try running something from the disc, the emulator crashes. any suggestions?


  10. nice thanks


  11. hi ia m ss this is lovely site


  12. I have pcsx2 on my pc, but where can i find the games


  13. You can use torrents or bubbling-iso.com


  14. on mine when you click run dvd it just quits…whats up with that


  15. where can i get the ps2 bios files


  16. When I click to run the DVD it just close the emulator and nothing ever happens ;(


  17. Core2Duo E8400, nVidia 8800gt, 4GB ram…

    I have a similar setup, and I run on average at about 1/2 speed for 3D. If you really want to emulate, stick to less graphically intense games, like 2D stuff. Avoid the celshaded games, the PS2 doesn’t handle those too well.


  18. Hey mate look i open it i done everythin u said i have the bios and i even have the game but when i run it nothing happens just closes the emulator and nothing happens
    and.. yes i did config the disc drive thingy to run on the emulator


  19. @OMFG,
    May be its the graphics plugin causing the problem. You must have a graphics card that supports atleast PixelShader2.0+ to run any game. Most of the onboard graphics support PixelShader 2.0 anyway.


  20. Thanks, man..
    I felt trying to get a PS2 emulator
    and ur guide helped, Now Im going to get XBox Emulator, lol :)


  21. how to download this game…?


  22. hey mm im very eger to play ps2 at my comp .. i done every step that u mension… but i click run it runs but it dint load my game why is that? plz reply soon asap


  23. Is there any kind of risk by attempting to do this on my computer?
    I mean, whether it works or not, is there a chance it could mess up my computer?


  24. you all r fools I run pcsx2 with the speed of 50 fps without any graphic card and I don’t have a high end pc. I have a dual core 1.8ghz, 1 gb of ram 160 gb hard disk.
    I know all the secrets of pcsx2 if want help email me.


  25. @abhinav

    damn really? my specs are close to what these guys have as well and the game runs smoothly only until the actual game starts. From a constant 60fps, it drops down to around 30fps all the time.

    my specs are core2duo e8400 @ 3ghz, 2gb ram, ati radeon 4870.

    what the heck am i doing wrong lol


  26. For some reason, even after I put the bios file in the bios folder, it doesn’t show up in the drop down menu. It also won’t let me run the non-tlb version of the emulator because there apparently isn’t enough memory… I’ve got 2 Gigs!


  27. I have been trying to run PCXS2 on vista it keeps telling me that there is an error when I try to open config but after that it still opens it, then when everything was configed i tried to run cd but it keeps closing the program. Can this be fixed?


  28. Hi Abhinav,

    If you know how to do that.
    please drop me the mail for all secrets.

    i am using PCSX2 0.9.6
    i didn’t have your mail id so i am posting here.please reply me ASAP and kindly post your mai ID.

    thanks in advance.


  29. hey bro i am also not able to run ps2 emu without a grapgic card can u tell me the secrets too my email is ursprashant05@gmail.com


  30. Hi Abhinav, i don’t have your email as well so can you also please drop me the mail of all the secret? mine is PCSX20.9.6 also, many thanks in advance.


  31. Hi Abhinav
    could you share your secrest with me as well.

    I have a Acer 5720 notebook with a Gig ram & 160gig hardrive
    arawoot@datacentrix.co.za


  32. hi where can i download a psx2 or ps2 emulator that can run on Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 2.66GHz this is my cpu and my ram is 511 MB my operation system Microsoft Windows XP Professional (Build Service Pack 22600)and my video card is NVIDIA GeForce FX 5200 (GeForce FX 5200)please i want to play my ultimate spiderman on pc


  33. @faceless_999,
    you need atleast a Core 2 Duo processor of around 2.5+ GHz and a video card like 9600 GT or faster. your current system will run the ps2 games very slow as the emulator needs a fast processor and video card.
    hope this helps.


  34. what should i do because my pc does not dtect ssse3
    what should i do to fix it
    plz help me!!
    my pc is
    genuine intel 2.6ghz
    1gb ram
    intel 82845g videocard
    plz tell me what upgrade should i do
    email:pakistanipk@ymail.com


  35. i can not find bios file.please tell me the website..please..


  36. Dude i just uploaded ps2 bios 4 u all ps2 lovers. password is my name.

    PS2 70012.bin bios download > http://www.megaupload.com/?d=GY29XGZN


  37. can you give me a website name.


  38. I Have a Intel Pentium (R) Processor, Graphics Card 9400 GT 1 GB, 2.5 GB RAM DDR2 and Windows XP Service Pack 3. Can I play PS 2 games on PCSX 2 0.9.6 emulator. I tried it but God of War 1 and Dragon Ball Z ran really slow and the sound was in accordance to the video. Please, what do I need to update or re-configure? Please tell me, my E-Mail ID is Sannak6@yahoo.com


  39. trouble in playing ps2 games in my pc the game starts nice but after some seconds its get very slow can somebody help me please


  40. y the games screen get 1\2 when i m playing the dragonballz tenkaichi 3 please give me some advice


  41. I love to play dragon ball z budokai 3


  42. Hey Abhinav please mail me the trick you know to run the pcsx2 app.
    Everytime i run the pcsx2.exe, the app just quits on clicking run cdvd and when i use pcsx2t.exe, it crashes on clicking run cdvd.. Please help dude..Really Appreciate..thanks..

    my id: singhanoop21@gmail.com


  43. my comp spec is core 2 duo 2.8ghz, 4 gb ram, 9600GT graphics card.. & my opperating system is vista…. but i still cant play a single ps2 game in my pc…… the game starts but the fps drops down to 30…. can any one help me out….


  44. how to set controls of keyboard to play ps2 game on pc


  45. hi abhinav i have a software pcsx2 0.9.6 full version with bios file.
    i have a 1.5gb ram with intel processore p4 with xp service pack 2.but when i m playing so my pc screens hang and also sound hangs a lot .what can i do plz help me .


  46. hi abhinav i have a software pcsx2 0.9.6 full version with bios file.
    i have a 1.5gb ram with intel processore p4 with xp service pack 2.but when i m playing so my pc screens hang and also sound hangs a lot .what can i do plz help me .

    plz mail ,e coomplete information on my mail id
    deepak_singh088@yahoo.in

    i m very thankful to you


  47. HELP: Error opening CDVD plugin
    Graphic card:7300le 256mb
    OS:windows 7 64bit
    Ram:2GB
    CPU:AMD Dual core 4000+ X2


  48. hi
    does this program work with win xp or not


  49. can it play a dvd ps2 game??


  50. this is freaky annoyiny is there anything like fast ps2 or slow ps2 i need something to make mine run fast


  51. One quick question, cannot find Madden 2009 (ps2) bios, helpful SAFE site to find it at please?? :) :)

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