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. @Paultheone

    If you don’t have enough physical memory / RAM .. the only way to run pcsx2 is by running the TLB version called pcsx2t.exe located at the pcsx2 directory


    You’ll need ps2 bios in order to use PCSX2

  2. I need bios too can you plzz. send it? Would be very nice. e-mail: [email protected]
    btw if i wan’t to use the PCSX2 i have to use PCSX2 TLB instead of normal PCSX2 because the program can’t find my name. I have to set in memory… Can you tell me where i do this because i don’t understand the explanation.

    P.S. i am Dutch so the English can be a little uhm………… weird.

    TY already,

  3. there are two methods to use Iso’s on PCSX2 … :

    1. Use a Virtual CD Software like Daemon Tools (freeware for personal use) or other virtual cd software ;) and configure pcsx2 cd drive to use the virtual drive

    2. Configure pcsx2 cdvd plugins to use any *iso* plugins name

    that’s all ;)

  4. well said nick ;) its illegal to distribute ps2 bios and that’s why i didnt give any link for it .. in my blogs :D

  5. i have a note for all …… i to am looking for ps2 emulator that works, but i regret to inform you that the obtaining and providing of ps2 bios are extreamly illegla so if you have them like some ppl i know….(of corse not me ……:P) do not post a place and send them there or send them out to ppl thankyou have a great day

  6. i form malaysia
    i already have the ps2 emulator
    but i dont have only one, it is bios
    i search avery in the net, i can’t find it anywhere
    if you have bios for pcsx2 emulator, i beg from you
    please send one to me
    i know this is illigel, but i really2 need this
    this my email =>[email protected]
    thanks for your feedback…..

  7. I just updated the screenshot of the first configuration page to show if you’re using the correct bios for pcsx2