PCSX2

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PCSX2
PCSX2 cover
Developers
PCSX2 Team
Release dates
Windows March 23, 2002[1]
Linux April 14, 2002[2]
macOS (OS X) December 30, 2009[3]
PCSX2 at Wikipedia

Key points

Emulator for the Sony PlayStation 2.
Uses high-level emulation.
Open-source and is still actively developed.[4]
About 98% of PS2 games are considered playable and 1% of games are perfect.[5]
Requires a PS2 BIOS that can be ripped from the console.
Many games have bugs or glitches that require certain settings to fix. Check the compatibility list for more information.

General information

PCSX2 Website
PCSX2 Compatibility List

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Official website
DRM-free
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux
PCSX2 Source code (GitHub)
Nightly builds are highly recommended, as they are more frequently updated and have more features/bugfixes than the stable release which was released on May 07, 2020.
Has a built-in auto-updater.

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows

Video[edit]

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
Per-game basis. Natively supported by some games, others can be patched (if a patch exists). A database of widescreen patches is included with PCSX2, but disabled by default.
Multi-monitor
Ultra-widescreen
Per-game basis. Possible via game patches (if a patch exists).
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Per-game basis. Possible via game patches (if a patch exists).
Windowed
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Up to 16 samples.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
FXAA, SSAA (via raising internal resolution)
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS
Per-game basis. Natively supported by some games, others can be patched (if a patch exists).
120+ FPS
Per-game basis. Possible via game patches or modifying the base PAL / NTSC frame rate in PCSX2.[6]
High dynamic range display (HDR)
See the glossary page for potential alternatives.
Ray tracing

Input[edit]

Audio[edit]

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Surround sound
Subtitles
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Arabic
Catalan
Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
Croatian
Czech
Danish
Dutch
Finnish
French
German
Hungarian
Indonesian
Italian
Japanese
Korean
Lithuanian
Malay
Malay
Malaysia
Norwegian
Bokmål
Polish
Brazilian Portuguese
Russian
Spanish
Modern
Swedish
Thai
Turkish

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native Notes
vorpX
2D
The Emulator can be played with the VR Driver vorpX.
Note: PCSX2 is not listed on the official vorpX game list but has a profile on the factory profile list. 3D is not confirmed yet. You may follow the discussion in the vorpX forum on how this is developing.

Issues fixed[edit]

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 11, 12
OpenGL 3.0+
Metal support
Vulkan
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows
macOS (OS X)
Linux

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 8.1
Processor (CPU) Dual core with four threads
System memory (RAM) 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD)
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GTX 750
2 GB of VRAM
OpenGL 3.0 compatible
DirectX 10 compatible
Other CPU supporting SSE4.1.
macOS (OS X)
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 10.13 (High Sierra)
Processor (CPU) Dual core with four threads
System memory (RAM) 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD)
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GTX 750
2 GB of VRAM
Other CPU supporting SSE4.1.
Linux
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) Ubuntu 18.04/Debian or newer, Arch Linux, or other distro
Processor (CPU) Dual core with four threads
System memory (RAM) 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD)
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GTX 750
2 GB of VRAM
OpenGL 3.0 compatible
Other CPU supporting SSE4.1.
A 64-bit operating system is required.[7]
System requirements vary depending on the game. Some are vastly more demanding than others, such as those that require mipmapping enabled.
Windows XP and Direct3D 9 support was dropped after stable release 1.4.0.
Windows 7 and Windows 8 support was dropped after stable release 1.6.0.
32-bit support was dropped after stable release 1.6.0. The last 32-bit development build was PCSX2 1.7.2484.

References

  1. PCSX2 - The Playstation 2 emulator - PCSX2 v0.026 - last accessed on 2022-04-28
  2. PCSX2 v0.031 - last accessed on 2022-04-28
  3. PCSX2 - The Playstation 2 emulator - Mac - last accessed on 2022-04-28
  4. GitHub Commits activity
  5. PCSX2 Compatibility List
  6. Verified by User:Dreadmoth on 2022-04-28
  7. PCSX2/pcsx2: PCSX2 - The Playstation 2 Emulator - last accessed on 2022-05-01