PCSX2 is free to use open-source code program, developed to replicate your Play Station 2 gaming console on your desktop computer. And like any other software, its developers have been continuously updating it to make it possible to run 2600+ Play Station 2 games. Aside from this, PCSX2 is the only Play Station 2 emulator capable of running at windows, Linux, and Mac operating systems.
Case 1 – You see some software developers showcasing the test run phase of their latest software by using desktop computer or laptops when actually their product is intended for a different device niche.
Case 2 – Some friend tells you of how awesome it is to experience an Android mobile or gaming console application on their desktop computer or laptop.
You are probably now curious to know how a computer or laptop can replace these devices. One simple answer, they all have emulators installed.
So what is an emulator?
An emulator is a hardware or software or a combination of both to enable one platform to run programs from another platform. Through emulation, the host device imitates or creates a virtual guest device to run its applications.
Although there are many emulators on the internet to possibly resemble any platform, one emulator that video game geeks are very fond of is for Play Station 2 called PCSX2.
Why use PCSX2 when there is Play Station itself
Well, here comes the desktop advantage. Play Station 2 is itself an old gaming console with certain limitations of its own but still has some classic game editions whose gaming experience greatly enhances on desktop computers. Among the few advantages it's known for, what make PCSX2 the number one Play Station 2 emulator is offering custom resolution display of up to 4096 by 4096 pixels, ability to increase or decrease the game run speed (helpful in hard levels) and recording your gameplay with builtin video recorder to share it with others as tutorials.
Few important things
Before you get started, there are a few additional things that are important for you to know.
Easy to use
PCSX2 is super easy to use. Just download, configure it for graphics and gamepad, and it's done. There may still be some technical issues for beginners, but you can use the PCSX2 configuration guide for better understanding.
Is there no need for Play Station 2 console and is it legit
Not true at all. Although PCSX2 is an open-source free to use software, it still requires a Play Station 2 BIOS file. You can find free to download PS2 BIOS files on the internet as well, but it's better to own it rather than use someone else's.
The fact of the matter is that using PCSX2 is legit, but using a freely downloaded PS2 BIOS file is not. This is because PS2 BIOS is a Sony Corporation owned product. Using it without purchasing it is a breach of copyright laws.
Does PCSX2 make your computer run slower?
Since PCSX2 replicates another platform, the chances are that it may lag at times when you run a game directly from your DVD-ROM due to variation in DVD-ROM speeds. To counter this issue, you can always burn your entire DVD to your hard drive before installing it. Also, as these video games were originally developed for another platform, you might need some hardware upgrade to run things smoothly. PCSX2 website lists all the minimum and recommended system requirements for running it.
Although PCSX2 is actually not a simple program you might have come across, is also hardware intensive because PS2 itself was a complicated device, it still is worth giving a try if you want to double your fun playing with video games. You can always begin with using its latest stable version, which is highly recommended, and then as you get used to understanding its settings, you can do some experiment with its configuration mode.