How to use PCSX2 the Playstation 2 Emulator

Update: Please check the new version of this post at how to configure pcsx2

Now im going to put some guide on how to configure PCSX2 to try out the PS2 Emulator. And since few people are asking is their system can play ps2, then the answer is no. You can’t actually play ps2 games on your pc right now (dunno for a real high end system which is using Dual Core Processor, SLI Graphics Card, etc, but to most users just wait for it), but if you want to help the PCSX2 team, you can do it by testing out PCSX2 and reporting any bugs you found to them.

First you must have PS2 Bios in order to try out the PCSX2 (you can find it easily on the internet) ;) and dont forget to put it into Bios Directory in your PCSX2 Directory

and the next step would be running the PCSX2 Executable and configure it like this (maybe different depending on your computer configuration, especially to those who are using SSE2 Enabled Processor, such as Pentium 4, Athlon64, etc)

1. Configuration Screen of PCSX2

PCSX2 Configuration

2. Graphic Plugin Configuration Screen

PCSX2 Graphic Plugin

3. Controller Configuration (since i dont own a joystick, im using Keyboard)

PCSX2 Controller Plugin

4. CDVD Plugin Configuration

Note: if you don’t have ASPI installed on your system use Win2k/XP IOCTL SCSI Command and set it into your DVD Rom Drive (if you’re not using ISO Image)


5. The next step would be putting your PS2 Games on your DVD ROM and choose to Run CD from File Menu … and pray hope it’ll work :P and in my case i was running Dragon Ball Z Budokai Tenkaichi PAL Version

Dragon Ball Budokai Tenkaichi on PCSX2

Dragon Ball Budokai Tenkaichi Screenshot 2 on PCSX2

Dragon Ball Budokai Tenkaichi 2 PAL on PCSX2

Final Fantasy 12 oin PCSX2

And that’s it … you’re finished ;)

Note: If you got an error message saying error opening gs plugin or something like that, most likely you’re trying to use ZeroGS Plugin and your vga card is not a Pixel Shader 2.0 Capable Card (ZeroGS require Pixel Shader 2.0 ++ Capable Card) .. and the only solution is using GSDX Plugin as the graphic plugin or get a new graphic card


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789 comments on “How to use PCSX2 the Playstation 2 Emulator

  1. Hello. Tnx a bunch 4 this but there’s a problem. Mine reports
    “Bios rom1 module not found, skipping…
    Bios rom2 module not found, skipping…
    Bios erom module not found, skippng…”

    I checked the bios listing n dis modules are present. Why then is it reporting this pls? I use a pcsx2 1.0.0

  2. U are the best i hav see in my life when u come to this i will nave forget this inlife time tak alot for the great totu…

  3. You can also plug in a PS3 wired controller, or use your charge for a wireless one. i believe you can use xbox controllers as well!

  4. I have downloaded bios (this should be legal as I own a ps2), but I can’t make them work. I have put them in the right folder, but the emulator keeps asking for a valid bios… What should I do?

  5. hey i am using 0.9.8 version , i don’t have joy sticks can u plz tell how to play the games with , mouse and keyboard

  6. hey, iam using emulator 0.9.8, can u plz tell how to paly the game through mouse and keyboard, i don’t have joy sticks