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. Im getting a “Failed to load memory card from: memcards/Mcd001.ps2” “Failed to load memory card from: memcards/Mcd002.ps2” and “_cddvdOpenNVM: Error creating C:Program Files (x86)God of WarbiosPS2 Bios 30004R V6 Pal.NVM” And I’m running on a laptop (a high grade one) not my forte, running this so wondering if I could do something other than removing my graphics card.

    1. Are you using Vista? Try setting it to run as Admin. I had the same problem. hope it helps :)

    1. What games you’re trying to play? and btw have you tried using my pcsx2 svn compile

      and use the new configuration instead of this one? because i have played (and finished) several games on pcsx2 without problem :)

    2. Cool thanks, i’ll try that :D. Hope it works. I’m playing naruto shippuden ultimate ninja 4.

  2. would anyone please tell what to do regarding the ‘R’ & ‘L’ buttons of ps2 controller….please dont think it is L1,L2,L3,R1,R2,R3…it is ‘R’and ‘L’ to obtain these buttons on pc keyboard…help me friends,,,,,

    1. I’m not quite sure on what you’re trying to achieve because there’s simple no L and R on keyboard :D … but of course if you’re running emulator you can always bind it to specific keys on keyboard ;)

    1. Unfortunately in order to get Pixel Shader 2.0, you’ll need to upgrade your Graphic Card (VGA Card). If you need more information on what graphic card series have at least Pixel Shader 2.0 Support, i’d suggest you to check out (in short you need at least Radeon 9500 if you prefer ATI or Geforce FX series if you prefer Nvidia)

  3. regarding the bios, the lower right panel, i dont have anything to choose… mine is blank.. my emulator is PCSX2 0.9.6

  4. please help! it says;

    bad allocation

    Pcsx2 will now close. More details maybe availiable via the emuLog.txt file.

    I can’t find this file!?

    1. I have both XBOX 360 Wireless Controller and XBOX 360 Wired Controller hooked up to my pc at the same time and i can use them both without problem. Just make sure that you’re using Lilypad as the Controller / Pad plugin ;)

  5. ooommmmmmmmmgggg these all people ask too much i have exactly the same configuration as you and i still get an eror can u tell me why?

    1. Since this guide is pretty old, i’d suggest that you use (i’ll update this post later to make sure that everyone see the latest update and beside if there’s any interest i’d be glad to share my latest PCSX2 compile here):

      1. GSDX for GPU Plugin
      2. SPU2-X for SPU Plugin
      3. Lilypad for Controller

      and don’t forget the BIOS and voila you’re good to go (in fact i’ve been playing various RPGs on PCSX2) without problem (or at least major problem) ;)

  6. hey please anyone help me i set my bios and plugin directory put it says some thing like could not load GS plugin pleaseeeeeeeeeeee help………

  7. on the CDVD Plugin Configuration i dont have the ASUS DVD on the drives so i only get to choose between none and Drive E. which would i choose? i tried to download the ASUS DVD E616P2 V 1.08 but i didn’t knew where to extract it. Nid help A.S.A.P.

    1. No … asus dvd is my dvd rom drive and it’s just an example, of course it might be different from your dvd drives

  8. Hey there. I’m a bit new to the PS2 emulator. I have experience in PSX and lower grade nintendo Emulators (like N64, SNES NES and Gameboy) but this PS2 emulator is a bit confusing for me. If anyone could give me some help on how to configure the Emulator that would be great. and maybe a location in which to get the Bios and plugins. Aswell as any other pointers on working it that would be great. Just e-mail me the info at [email protected] thanks for you time.

  9. my emulator is working but the game is being pretty slow…but i dont know if it is because of my computer because i have pretty good configurations…is there maybe a way to configure the emulator to make is run faster?
    can u send me a link to download the same emulator with same plugins you’re showing on your post?
    thanks a lot

  10. You can get ps2 games via torrents or by making .iso of your own game discs. The bios’ can also be found via torrents. 2 utilities handy to have just in case you get .NRG or .PBP game files are NRG2ISO and POPSTATION GUI, both can convert these files to .ISO so PCSX2 can read them. The setting you will use will vary based on machine as well as what game you are playing. The recommended requirements are 3.2Ghz CPU, 1-2 GB RAM, and a fairly decent video card.Keep in mind that some games will still play realy slow even on top notch PCs.

  11. I can’t run my pcsx2 0.96 version. It needs the bios directory,but i already download some from the website and still can’t work. So, Mr. Reaper plz3 help me. 1 more… The 1 that i wan 2 play is WWE Smackdonw vs Raw2006 PS2. Thanks!

    1. Hi harsh.
      Same problem i m also facing,
      Is there any one who could solve this problem.
      Me also having core 2 duo + 4 gb ddr2 ram……..but still its very slow…….running.

    2. Amit, have you tried using my svn compile? and use the plugins used on the new configuration guide?

      Assuming you have a decent vga card, you should be able to play without problem :)

  12. NC 1! dude It’s WORKING!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!YEAH BABY!!!YAHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!

  13. ho un emulatore pcsx2 ma n riesco a configurarlo a causa del bios cm px fare x rimediare questo problema e ha far si ke configuri l’emulatore? rispondetemi vi prego grazie…..

  14. I have the game and the emulator and i dont think there is anything wrong with it, but i dont know what file needs to be chosen when i go to run a CD, It shows related files, but when i choose them, it starts the PS2 emulator but goes to the screen you get when there is no game in. Help?