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. can some one help me i have done each n every possible thing to run pcsx2 on my pc but now the only problem is when i click on RunCDDVD after that a page appears which is similar to ps2 n after that nothing….can some one help

  2. i got smackdown vs raw 2009.
    I tried to use pcsx2 but there is error is comming which is ” Specific Bios not found ”
    please send some suggesion on my emai id

  3. i got smackdown vs raw 2009.
    I tried to use pcsx2 but there is error is comming which is ” plugins failure ”
    please send some suggesion on my emai id

  4. I get an error when trying to run saying “Error opening CDVD plugin”. Do I need to install a plugin or do I need to change some settings on it?

    1. Not sure about that since i don’t own that game, so you’ll have to test it by yourself



  6. Uhm,, Hey It played for maybe 5 sec, it shows the sony computer entertainment (blah2) and its slow but i dont mind that, but why when i try to play with my Kingdomhearts and Maximo games,(first ones ive tried playing) it always crashes right after the Sony Screen?? Please help me