How to Play PS2 Games with PCSX2 on PC & Laptop

How to Play PS2 Games on PC (Windows & Mac): There are still many people who want to reminisce by playing PS2 games. Unfortunately, the number of PS2 rentals and sellers are now greatly reduced, the effect, of course, so hard to find.

Fortunately, today’s technology has become more advanced. Playing PS2 games on a PC or Laptop is already possible using an Application, commonly called an Emulator.

This emulator’s exact name is PCSX2. Actually it’s been quite a long time ago. But just heard, let’s discuss it here …

How to Play PS2 Games with PCSX2 on PC & Laptop

PCSX2 is a PS2 game Emulator application that is open-source and was originally released stable in 2016. Aimed at 3 operating systems at once (Windows, macOS, and Linux).

The purpose of this application is to develop and enable computer users to play PS2 games without using the console directly.

In the function itself, the admin has tried it. And you could say it’s quite okay .. My favorite game can be run without obstacles.

Well, for those who have just heard and want to try, you don’t need to worry. Because here I will discuss it. Incidentally, PCSX2 is also free.

System Required for PCSX2 (System Requirements)

First, we need to know, of course, the system requirements of the emulator.

Why? If you just run it might not be a problem. But if the computer specifications are used under the system requirements of the emulator, there will be fractures later.

Minimum System RequirementsRecommended System Requirements
Intel Pentium 4 / AMD Athlon 64 (Or above)Intel Core I3 I5 I7 | AMD Phenom X4 3.2GHz or better
Any GPU that supports Pixel Shader 2.0 (Except for certain series)NVIDIA 8800GT (Dengan Support minimal DirectX10)
512MB or 2GB RAM (For Vista)2GB (XP) 2GB RAM (Vista or 7)

These requirements will certainly be much better if your Computer specs are on it. Because from my own experience whether or not it depends on the game being played later.

How to Install PCSX2 on a PC / Laptop

Step 1: First, please get the file for free on the Windows PCSX2 Page. Choose the Standalone Installer.

Installer PCSX2

Step 2: Open the file.

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Step 3: Click Next. For the Install settings, leave the default.

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Step 4: Choose where the PCSX2 directory will be installed. When you click Next again.

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Step 5: Wait for the installation process to complete.

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Step 6: Click Close and finish.

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How To Set PCSX2 To Be Smooth And Unkillable

After installing using the steps above, PCSX2 can now be used directly.

However, it’s good to try the settings first, at least so that the lag that can later be reduced.


Step 1 : Click Config > Video (GS) > Plugin Settings > Then set it as follows:

How To Set PCSX2

  • Adapter: Select the main VGA used by your computer/laptop.
  • Renderer: Select Direct3D9 Hardware.
  • Internal Resolution: Select Custom.
  • Resolution: Adjust as needed.
  • Texture Filtering: Pilih Nearest.
  • The rest adjust with the one drawn.

Step 2 : Click Config > Video (GS) > Windows Settings > Then select Aspect Ratio to Widescreen (16: 9) .

SettingWidescreenGame How to Play PS2 Games with PCSX2 on PC & Laptop

Step 3 : Select Config > Audio (SPU2) > Plugin Settings > Then adjust the settings as shown below:

SettingAudioPCSX2 How to Play PS2 Games with PCSX2 on PC & Laptop

  • Module: XAUDIO 2
  • Interpolation: Catmull (Can be changed to Nearest )
  • Latency: 100MS

Step 4: When finished, close all the settings windows and try playing the emulator (Click File> Boot DVD or click CDVD> ISO Selector> Browse).

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Question And Answer

Q: Is there anything else that needs to be set up, bro?

A: Actually there could be yes. Although the above discussion, in my opinion, is complete, sometimes in some Laptops or Computers there are still other things that need to be done. Please googling or just ask the details via the comment column below.

Q: Why Time When Even Black screen?

A: Check the game file, and also adjust the Video Emulator Plugin settings (Maybe not quite right).

Q: Already Use the Settings Above Still Lag And Broken?

A: Actually, every game that is played with PCSX2 has different requirements (I had said this above). The easiest solution is to upgrade computer components.

Q: How is his voice broken?

A: This falls into the category of lag as well. Just like before.

Q: Can You Use Sticks?

A: Really can. You do this via Config> Controller (PAD)> Plugin Settings> Then set it there.

Q: Support All Games?

A: Until now, on the official website, there are 2632 supported games. Please check the game you want on the next page.

Final Words

I made this article as a short guide for those who are curious about how to play PS2 games on a PC or on a Laptop, and for those who are curious about how to install PCSX2 emulator.

If there is anything unclear, my friend may ask via the comment column below. Later we can discuss which ones should be explained.

Oh yeah, just a little story. I myself first try this PCSX2 emulator first, when it was recently released. I happen to have known Computers for a long time.

The results were smooth without problems. Although it is a bit of a hassle since the laptop I used was not good enough.

For how to install it is also not much different from the tutorial discussion above.

So, hopefully, useful and you exactly know how to play ps2 games on pc.

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