How To Play PS2 Games On PC / Windows Desktop
Gaming is a kind of madness that takes in most of us. We play all kinds of PC games, but with evolution of technology there came many more consoles which offered many more category of games we always wanted to play. Sony Playstation 2 is one of them. It is fun when you get to play these games on your computer. Though you may not get the same experience as you might have got in a real PS2 but at least it will reduce your madness to an extent. To play PS2 games on your PC you have to do the following things:First you need to install an emulator. An emulator is software that creates or emulates similar environment in PC as in PS2 to make the game a fool and run it. There are many free emulators available, but the one I will recommend is the best that I ever tried. PCSX2. Download PCSX2 and install it.
As you run PCSX2 your first task will be configuring its various plugins because it totally depends on the plugins and the performance greatly increases or decreases according to their configuration.
When you hit the config button and configure, all options including graphics, sound etc. will appear. Let’s see them one by one.
Setting Bios And Plugins Folder
PS2 Bios are trademark or Sony and not included in the emulator, you can download them by Google searching. Once you download the BIOS, set it’s folder. A list of Bios versions will appear beneath the Bios section. Select the bios that matches the game region.
For plugins, most of them are included in the pcsx2 installer and are taken by default. You only have to configure them properly according to your system specifications. If you want to get new plugins for sound or graphics then google search again for PS2 plugins for the particular section, download it and put it in the default plugin folder. Keeping updated is necessary as the plugins are regularly updated to fix known bugs and performance issues.
Configuring Various Plugins
Here I will show you to configure properly the plugins that I use regularly due to their stable performance.
Select the GDX 890 plugin, choose it according to your processor support i.e. SSE2, SSSE3 and SSE 4.1. Then press configure, the GDX window will open. Here you can configure resolution, renderer – type of rendering you would like to select, if you have a good graphics card and windows 7 or vista you can use direct X 10 hardware rendering else use other appropriate options. If you choose directX 9 then you have to specify Pixel shader version supported by your graphics card. Then select the aspect ratio and select an internal resolution, if you have a low end graphics card select the lowest. While running the game if see shaky screen you can change interlacing by pressing F5.
Spu2 is the best sound plugin I used, Select it and configure it for the following.
Interpolation- Provides options like nearest, linear, cubic. Try to use between the first two according to performance delivered. You can disable effect post processing if you feel the emulation is going slow.
Modules- You can select between X Audio2 and direct sound, do not use others till you do not find any trouble with sound.
Latency- this has to be done using trial and error method, if you find sound to be delayed adjust the latency according to it. If you are running on a slow PC try disable Time stretch and Audio expansion for performance boosts.
Setting Up Controllers
Select the lily pad plugin and configure it to your liking for gamepad or keyboard. Options present on the screen are easy to understand, if you are using a gamepad follow same things as shown in the image, for keyboard select the keyboard input type and substitute the buttons. Configure both the controller 1& 2 using the same plugin. You can select one controller as gamepad other as keyboard. If you have a PS3 gamepad, you can also use it to play ps2 games using PS3 Gamepad wireless feature on pc.
Configuring CDVDROM Plugin
I will recommend you to make an ISO image of the PS2 DVD mount it and use the Gigaherz’s CDVD v0.7.0 or put the DVD ROM drive in the plugin config. making an ISO will give better performance.
Here you will get information of your cpu and others details, all settings here are self explanatory can be done as shown in the image.
Playing The Game
Once you are ready with all the settings you can go to file then run CD/DVD and your game will start.
Every game is not compatible with PCSX2, and experience will vary from game to game , If your game fails to run then you can try alternating the settings till you find the best suited for your system. The graphics and cpu settings shown here are mostly for computers having medium CPU power and low end graphics card. If still you face problem or get better plugins and find more suitable settings and tricks, please do share with us.