How to play Sony PlayStation 2 Games on your PC

ps2pad   How to play Sony PlayStation 2 Games on your PCIn the previous installment of these emulation series, you saw how to play Sony PlayStation (PSX) games on your PC.

Many of you told me (in the comments here and on Digg.com) how the first PlayStation was too outdated, and thus not interesting. ‘Passé’, one might say.

Because of that and because it was planned anyway, we’ll raise the stakes a bit. This time, we’ll be discussing emulation of PlayStation 2 games.

How to Playstation 2 Games on PC

First of all a warning. Many of you will not be able to run these games properly. They’ll lag on a lot of PC’s. On some of them they’ll lag even more. When emulating PlayStation 2 and Xbox games, you always have to keep in mind the next equasion:

Your computer is X <=> PlayStation 2/Xbox games will play (like) X-1

To remove the above mentioned ‘-1‘ factor, you can pay more attention to the specific type of game you’re trying to play. Naturally, visually simple games like ‘Disgaea’ will run smoother than 3D, over the top graphical shooters, like ‘Black’. In short, your computer will never completely be a PlayStation 2.

We’ll be guiding you through this process in a few simple steps.

Step 1 – Download and install PCSX2

PCSX2 comes in two packages. A binary package (which you have to un7zip) and an installation file. Just install or extract it to the folder of your choice.

Step 2 – Getting the BIOS files

Contrary to the first PlayStation, the PlayStation 2 uses several BIOS files. Basically, these are the hardest to find. Because they are copyrighted material, you are only allowed to own these files if you also own a PlayStation 2. MakeUseOf does NOT encourage piracy! This is also the reason why it’s illegal to host these files online. If you actually own a PlayStation 2 though, it’s not illegal to download them (laws may differ in your country).

So now you basically have two options layed out for you. You can either dump them from your PlayStation 2 yourself, or find someone else who dumped them and who put the files online. On this last website you can find the ROM1, eROM and the SECAM-, NTSC- and PAL BIOS files you’ll need. Again, you must’nt download them if you don’t have a PlayStation 2. You can put these files in a folder of you’re choice.

Step 3 – Running PCSX2 and configuring BIOS, video and controller input

The program comes in two different versions. One version uses TLB (pcsx2t.exe), the other one Virtual Memory (pcsx2.exe). First of all, try running the VM version. The program will try to reallocate the memory, after which you have to log off and on again. If it fails to do so, you’ll have to use the TLB version. This one is somewhat slower, but according to the developers the speed difference is not that great.

After you’ve started up, select ‘Config’ -> ‘Configure’.

First, we’re going to configure our BIOS. Press ‘Set Bios Directory’ and select the folder where you’ve put your BIOS files. Back in the Configuration screen, select the correct region from the Bios drop-down menu. You might want to change this now and then, depending on your games.

epsx2biosconf   How to play Sony PlayStation 2 Games on your PC

Next, the video plug-ins. PCSX2 comes with ZeroGS KOSMOS and GSdx9 plug-ins. A ‘Ps2 Output’ window (which looks similar to the command screen) normally opened when you started PCSX2. Else, temporarily close the Configuration screen, select ‘Misc’ -> ‘Enable Console’ and restart the program. In this Ps2 Output screen, look if ‘Detected SSE2′ is stated under Features. If not, you might want to choose the ‘no SSE2′ video plug-in.

ps2output   How to play Sony PlayStation 2 Games on your PC

If you press the ‘Configure…’ button under the video drop-down menu, you can tweak graphic related options like screen size, toggle full-screen, anti-aliasing and more.

As for the controller, I highly recommend LilyPad. This is one of the most adjustable plug-ins. You can use keyboard, mouse and controller input. There even is a setting so you can use your Guitar Hero guitar.
Just download it here, and drop it in the plugins directory. If you’ve used the installer, that would be C:\Program Files\Pcsx2_0.9.4\plugins .
Re-open the Configuration screen, select LilyPad from the drop-down menu and press configure. In the ‘General’ tab, you can tweak various settings. Select the ‘Pad 1′ or ‘Pad 2′ tab to configure the keys.

Step 4 – Test-driving and alternative plug-ins

With everything set up, it’s about time for a test-drive. We’re going to look if everything works as it should, and look which points need more improvement.

We can boot the games, depending on the plug-in we use, either by CD/DVD or by using an image file. The standard configuration uses Linuzappz, which is able to boot ISO’s and other image files. To do this, just select ‘File’ -> ‘Run CD/DVD’.

If you want to boot from a disc instead, go back to the configuration screen and select the P.E.Op.S driver from the Cdvdrom dropdown menu. Press configure to select an interface (based on your operating system) and the drive you want to use. Confirm your configuration and you’re ready to roll. Select ‘File’ -> ‘Run CD/DVD’ to boot from the chosen drive.

epsx2run   How to play Sony PlayStation 2 Games on your PC

At this point you’ll be prompted for a date and a timezone, after which the game will start. If you’ve got problems with the graphics or sound, try using one of the the other plug-ins. You can get more additional plug-ins here.

If you’re still having problems, check the compatibility status of your game here.

Have fun!

About the (would-be) next article

Some of you might also remember that I had the intention of also publishing an article concerning Xbox emulation. We are, however, going to postpone this subject until it is in a somewhat more stable form.

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126 Comments -

Zayets

3x Awesome! Cheers …

Simon

ATTENTION !
The direct download links DO NOT WORK! (redirect)
You’ll have to use the “who put them online” link. On this page you’ll be able to download the given files.

Sorry for the inconvenience

mike

Please help me! I don’t have rom2.bin file. Please send to my e-mail…

Maaz

Simon i am downlading the bios file but which one is to download there are three of them????

Simon Slangen

These different Bios’s define different regions (PAL-europe/asia NTSC-america …). The one you’ll need to use depends on the region code of your game. If you’re not sure, try all three and see which works.

Pulak

hi there simon.Plz help me.i am dying to play ps2 games on pc.i downloaded pcsx2 0.9.6 and bios from http://ps2amulaters.narod.ru/indexfiles/page0001.htm. i keep the bios files in a folder but when i select set bios directory and go to that folder where i kept the bios files but there its not showing the bios files .what should i do.PLZ tell me…

quitz

PS2 is so cheap now that hardly worth the effort to emulate games on a pc

Ed

@Quitz

That’s a very dumb arguement. So isn’t a SNES, NES, and so on. But I’d rather play those on my PC than keep those old guys on my TV stand.

Aibek

I second Ed, it’s a lot more convenient for me to have thos games on my PC

Womble

What’s the performance like on a modern PC? ala core 2 era.

Simon

I was able to run a pretty basic game on my laptop (Intel Medion) with about 10 fps. On my desktop PC (Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600, nVidia GeForce 8600 GTS) I’m able to run more graphical games at a decent speed.

Ros

I’ve tried this on my Athlon 3000+ single core, 8800GT 512 machine. Five frames per second just wasn’t doing it for me. Good thing I have a ps2 in the tv room.

Simon

This speed problem won’t be with your graphics card, that’s for sure. Instead, you’ll have to look at your CPU and your RAM memory. Especially Dual and Quad core processors are good for emulation. What game did you try to play?

jmaob

is there a way to do this on a mac?

Simon

Not in a decent matter. The development never really kicked off. Even on the fastest of Macs, it wouldn’t run at a playable speed (if it even plays at all).
Maybe with the new Intel chips the Macs will get a proper chance. But as far as I know, no one has taken up this project.

Yo

can any1 help me? i can’t figure out how 2 dump the BIOS and the online thing is in this foreign language!! please can any1 help me!?

Simon

The direct links do not work (you’ll get redirected to an error page). You’ll have to press the “who put the files online” link, and download the files from that page.

bill

yeah well the ps2 emulater isnt that great cause my computer can run ps3 games on my ps3 emulater (pcsx3) all plugins and bios included if you want it email me at cool.182@hotmail.com

Crash

Yeah, right. No such thing.

Bryant

i downloaded the bios at the i dont know who page but i dont know how to get them in. when i conf it keeps saying cant find them, i tried to download again, but it wont show them in the conf screen under bios. what should i do i hav xp.

Charai

Hi, i downloaded the whole prgram and everything,but it says i need a file called “bios/” does aynone know where to get that from?

arjun

it is in the folder where u installed the ps2 emulator

charai

nvm! i figured it out..but i don’t know how to use the whole lily pad thing..

jeffreaky

The rom2 file seems to be broken. I get an error everytime i try to extract it.

Simon Slangen

It works without the rom2 file

arjun

i did all things but while playing it said rom 2 not found
what to do as it is broken

nik

its very slow on my core 2 duo ……….help me with this ……….i tried god of war 2

almightychris96

help i dont know what to do with the things i downloaded on the who put them online link what are they i need help!!!!

Simon Slangen

It’s all explained in the article.

“You can put these files in a folder of you’re choice.”

“After you’ve started up, select ‘Config’ -> ‘Configure’.”

“First, we’re going to configure our BIOS. Press ‘Set Bios Directory’ and select the folder where you’ve put your BIOS files.”

CuZz

I set the bios directory and it cannot find the bios files.
I’m up for any possible solutions.

nathan

I did everything right and even downloaded a better plugin and it keeps poping up with and error note saying “error opening GS plugin

nathan

Then it says I need the version 2 of the GS plugin. Where do I get that?

Simon Slangen

Do you also have this problem when using one of the default video plug-ins?

Simon Slangen

Honestly, I don’t know what the problem could be. Neither am I able to find any documentation on this.

If I were you, I’d take this problem to one of the dedicated forums.

Good luck, and please let us know if you find the solution.

B

It says it can’t run without NPPTools and that reinstalling the program may work, but it doesn’t. Is it something I need to download?

Simon Slangen

NPPTools.dll is a file that apparantly isn’t present in Windows Vista anymore.

1. Download npptools.dll. It’s very easy to find on e.g. google.
2. Drop it in your PCSX2 main directory.

3. Try again.

If it doesn’t work, try dropping it in the C:\WINDOWS directory.

nathan

yes but i am trying to reinstall it

nathan

It is still doing it.

Does it matter if I have a DVD drive or a CD drive or niether?

B

So now I’m able to get a screen up that looks like the Playstation start screen thing, but it only goes to the screen that says Browser/System Configuration, and not to the actual game.

Subam

HElp me out i dont have the PCSX2 Bios file. where should i get these files

Simon Slangen

It’s specified in the article.

“So now you basically have two options layed out for you. You can either dump them from your PlayStation 2 yourself, or find someone else who dumped them and who put the files online. “

Muhasin

HEy…i have installed PCSX2 on ma computer…i want to play tekken 5 and i have the DVD..back ofthe cd written USA..
So i changed the console to USA. nd i inserted the dvd to computer..nd changed the cdvdrom to PoeP…like tht. but afta tht when i run the cd/dvd its saying like this

Rom2 not found
****************
Gif reset
Ntsc
Error loading

PLease help me to get ROM2..or please help me how to run ma dvd games….pleaseeeeeeeeeee

Simon

The rom2 file can also be found through ps2bios.cjb.net

arjun

sory didnt read this b4

machmud

On my screen show browse/configuration setting….so what”s next?.My games was not displayed…Please ,,,help…

ken

ok, i have all the files (including rom2) and set them up. i changed my configurations to the P.E.Op.S because i’m trying to run a CD, and set the configurations to windows xp and the drive but now when i Run CD/DVD i get:

Bios Version 1.0
GIF reset
NTSC

in the ps2 output window. a window also pops up that says:

Error Opening CDVD Plugin

any ideas?

ken

and i tried changing the bios version. no success

Meaw

I want games from internet burn to cd and then put on ps2 oka!!!

Khuram

Hi Nathan, I am facing the same problem, did you find any solution. please guide me. thanks

KillJoy

Okay so you’re saying that the better my processor, RAM, and VGA card, the more PS2-esque my PC will be?

I got Core 2 Quad Q6600 @ 2.4 GhZ, 3 gigs of ram, and a GeForce 8800 GTS with 512mbs. That nuff? I don’t want to do the whole thing to finally get dumbstruck by in-game lagging or anything.

(keep in mind that I have not made the procedure of PS2 emulation yet, but I will soon)

Simon Slangen

Please keep in mind that even however strong your computer is, it wasn’t designed to do things like this. Also, about all of the drivers were programmed as homebrew and are merely ‘fake imitations’ of the originals.
That said, even with a strong computer like yourself you shouldn’t expect to be able to run a highly graphical game like ‘Black’ the way your PS2 would.

I haven’t tried PS2 emulation on my desktop yet – which is pretty much the same setup as yours, so I can’t tell you exactly how good it’ll work.

I’d say to try it out. Watcha got to lose except a few minutes. I’d also like to hear how it worked out for you.

KillJoy

I’ll do it soon (can’t now, I got finals to worry about) but I’ll let you know once I’m done.

Mayowa

Hi,Simon.
I,ve done everything possible you advised to do and downloaded all available bios files(don’t ask how, but it was 14.35Mb)and whenever i try to run my dvd,it just tells me that pcsx2 has stopped working.I use a Compaq Presario v6560EA(running vista home premium).

Pls,what do i do(cos it’s driving me nuts!!)?

kunal

how will we can play takeen tag if i have 4 iso file of tekken tag

evil

I wonder if anyone here knows a website with lots of roms
Ive tried many but never found games id like

evil

Im referring to ps2 ones ^^

VJ

Hey,
Downloaded Pcsx2 0.9.6 installed it,
Downloaded all those BIOS files (I do own a PS2, just don’t want to keep going into my lounge to play it)
Rom2 fails to extract, but as above you say it doesn’t need it to play.

I’ve configured slightly differently, as i own a Intel Core 2 Duo E8200 (Overclocked to 3.731Ghz) and nVidia 9600GT…

I’m using the “GSdx 890 (MSVC 15.00,SSSE3) 0.1.14″ Graphics Plugin
Heres the Config I’ve done to it
Resolution: Windowed
Renderer: Direct3D9 (Hardware)
Shader: Pixel Shader 3.0
Interlacing (F5): None
Aspect Ratio (F6): 4:3
D3D internal res: Native
rest is as default

my problem seems to be with Gran Turismo 4, I see the first Screen (The one with White letters displaying the Game stuff with black background) for the amount it should, but then it just goes blank… displaying ~200FPS :l

alex

maybe a stupid question but, how to get the game start with this emulator ??? i put the game dics in my dvd-rom and hit Run cd/dvd on the menu of the emulator. after set the bios, the emulator started with some sort of configuration (time, time zon etc…) but the game does not staarted at all……

Simon Slangen

If you want to boot from a disc instead, go back to the configuration screen and select the P.E.Op.S driver from the Cdvdrom dropdown menu.

alex

thank you. can i have one more question pls : can i play PS one game with this emulator cause i got alt of PS one games dics and im actually own a PS one but it lens seems to be old and read slow with my games. If can, what the modification need to do with the emulator??

stephan

My system crashes when I just try to conigure the keypad settings for any of the plugins… Do pirated ISO’s work if they’re re-recorded on a dvd-r on the real thing?

vanraj dayma

how i play ps2’s DVD in my pc??

keval

i am having problem running ps2 games. it says upgrade your directx.

keval

hello simon .please reply to the comment posted by me if you dont mind

Simon Slangen

With a little patience, absolutely.

Here’s the latest DirectX 9 distribution (vista+xp)

alex

Hi can u send me rom2 bios need it
all link u have don’t work

alex

I need the Room2 bios couse all the link u put dosent work???????

shankar

Hi,
must say that this article was extremely usefull. I am able to run the ps2 games in my PC. “able to run” means not exactly playable, since my system does not have a graphics card. but am going to get one though. Thanks !!

– Shankar.

shankar

as to rom2, i too had the issue …. what i did was, copied rom1, pasted in the same folder as “copy of rom1″ and renamed as rom2. Since rom2 is not exactly used as mentioned above, it din throw me any error.

alex

I don’t get it to work….
i have all bios.. but it always says in memcards
“Faild loading MemoryCard From file: memcards/Mcd002.ps2″
and then : ” Error Opening CDVD PLugin”
why what can i do???? and can i just put a orginal ps2 dvd disc and play or?

alex

I don’t get it to work….
i have all bios.. but it always says in memcards
“Faild loading MemoryCard From file: memcards/Mcd002.ps2″
and then : ” Error Opening CDVD PLugin”
why what can i do???? and can i just put a orginal ps2 dvd disc and play or?

shankar

@alex
May be you have to update your direct X and then in CD/DVD plugin choose Linuz and give the drive name of the iso image. you will be able to play it, You dont need a graphic card.

cheena

could i play ps2 games on pc without a graphic card.

john

simple answer… no

fahim

pls i cant find any link to download bios directory pls end me a link where i can download .
Thanx in advance ^^

ahmed nishwan-chiko-

well i think its gud to play n having more fun

Kaeichi

Got it booting up but it wipes the controller config everytime I start it up. Using lilly pad plugin but each time I exit its config all the settings are erased leaving me unable to do anything once it starts up since no keys are mapped to the keyboard. Any ideas ?

saurabh goyal

i have pcsx2 0.9.6 and i have downloaded the game smackdown HCTP WHICH RUNS IN PS2 and i want to play it on pc i have downloaded bios but the rom 2 is not working it is curropted
i i want to play the game how to play please tell i have configured pcsx2 and i dont have the game cd and when i click on file – run cd/dvd it is showing on pcsx2 output rom 2 not found please tell how to play the game

Simon Slangen

There’s an alternative link for ROM2 in the comments above.

saurabh goyal

please reply

saurabh goyal

i have got bios and when click on run cd it si showing to select a program what to select
pls reply

Simon Slangen

If you aren’t able to boot your DVDs, even with ROM2 and correct BIOS’s installed, you need to try check your settings, or try different plugins. There’s talk about it near the end of the article.

mast boy

i wanna play smackdown v raw latest version and nfs games for ps2 in my pc…can i play it in my pc…….configuration of my pc are….window xp…core 2 duo 2.67…2gb ram…500gb hard disk…..i dont hav graphic card.can i play these games in a decent speed after installing pcsx2 ?????? pls reply

Simon Slangen

Decent speed without a GPU? Certainly not – read the first item in the article.

aadil

hey simon thanx for the great steps… ive did everything and my game also started… actually i am trying to play tekken tag…. ok now the problem is its works very slow.. with alot of jerks….
my system specification is 3ghz processor..1gb of ram.. nvidia 512 7600… can you tell me .. the problem is with my system or with the settings…..

Simon Slangen

Alas, it’s probably your system. Unless you’ve got a great system, you’ll always experience lag to some degree, especially with the more graphical installments.

You could try one of the previous tekkens, or upgrade your system. However, if you’re willing to spend extra money, you should aim for PC gaming or purchase a gaming console – no emulation.

ironslanger

im lost i did everything i keeps saying that there is a problem and needs to close when i try to load the game from a cd or should i download a game instaed?..tell me please i also dont have the rom 2 file…i am tryin to play my ps2 disc that i bought and it keeps shutting down it never opens..please help

ironslanger

now it says Error opening CDVD plugin what is that? can u plaese help me

Simon Slangen

You can either download an alternative CD/DVD plugin (the tool that coordinates the cooporation between the emulator and your CD/DVD drive), or use an ISO/ROM. You can make one yourself with most popular burning software. eg http://cdburnerxp.se/

bubba

i got a cd for pcsx2 v.0.9.4

bubba

i got ben10 protector of earth and it works 1st time when i was triying it worked but did not know something about configure now i know

The San

I have installed everything like you said in the article, and the emulator works fine. But when i try to play GranTurismo 4, at the begining of the race when you actually have to drive the emulator crashes and I see my beautiful desktop. What can it be? I don’t think it’s the computer AMD Phenom Quad Core 2,3 GHz, 4Gb ram, Asus GeForce 9600 Gt

The San

After a few more tries, the game worked. But sincerely I don’t see the point of this emulator. On the computer described above, it averages 9-12 fps, with critical moments of 0.3 fps….. What kind of computer is needed for a playable fps rate ???

Mindy

WoW… Thanks Simon, you been a real big help! :) I am in the process of getting this to work. ^_^

Dumbo

It helps a lot…..But What are the uses of bios files anyway??

Dumbo

Piss on F**ker,you son of a b**ch.Who will use bad word as name like you?

Dumbo

Whatever!!!I’m off!!!

MiMo

Did Simon Reply to comments lately??

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sim

anyone…help me…where to get bios file???

Simon Slangen

It’s specified in the article.

“So now you basically have two options layed out for you. You can either dump them from your PlayStation 2 yourself, or find someone else who dumped them and who put the files online. “

Hope this solves your problem.

poivnenv

you all are nerds. how can you stay on this website.

BITCHES

Simon Slangen

Please, both of you, act your age. (where I assume you’re older than 6)

Gambit

Hey guys… i have all the bios files and all the other things i need to run a game.
But when i insert a PS2 disc, a dvd game, and then click the run CDVD option it tells me that i don t have the required bios file… help me out plz. Thanx.

talumasarap

hi…Simon
the pcsx2 “say”
“supported pixel shader version is too low!
supported:0.0
selected:2.0″
what dat mean?

matt

So annoyed, it seems to be working, i try playing kingdom hearts and everything seems fine it even gets to the home screen but ive press every button on my keyboard and nothing happens. I guess its something to do with lilypad. It plays the game movie after a while aswell, whatever i press on the keyboard the game wont start.

DeePa

hi when i load the cd/dvd
i get a msg saing..
faild loading memoeycard from file: memcards\Mcd002.ps2
plz help asap

Tobinator

I’ve got all the files downloaded and set up, but when i choose ‘Run CD/DVD’ it pulls up a message saying ‘Error Opening CDVD Plugin’

any idea what i’m doing wrong and how i can fix it?

SodaPop

im having the same problem as you i have no clue on how to fix it help WOULD be appriciated

Arpit Garg

thanks for sharing the precious information…… thanks a lot.

kyle

i have the emulator, it pops up to the screen about configuring, i download the stuff from that site…and nothing works. is there something i need to run thsese things because they won’t open in pcsx2 when i do the bios config. i have the game already (nhl 2k3) but this bios crap is really annoying me. what the hell do i have to do????

kyle

and dont say try i again because ive done that a thousand times. what i need is a link other than the one you have to these bios files (btw i have a ps2)

thakur cool

when i come to browser window and clicks on it.
it shows two memory cards only not the game cd.
what should i doplease help me please help me
i have never played ps2 games in my pc.
and want to so please help me

thakur cool

when i come to browser window and clicks on it.
it shows two memory cards only not the game cd.
what should i do.
please help me.
i need the response fast.

thakur

when i click on browser it shows two memory card option.
but the cd option.
what should i do please tell me fast

thakur cool 1

please tell me fast that what to do.
or in simple language:-
please do write a solution
i want the response fast

Sumaryan

Bios ROM2 is missing. Where to find one?
Please help…

john

I LOVE YOU SIMON! no homo bro! its a little jumpy but hey… it isnt a playstation so its not meant for the games

Novice

I have problem with the direct X, when I run the pcsx2 and it asked me to go download from the internet, I clicked Yes and it went to download from microsoft website, but it failed to install, said, “please verify Crytographic Services enabled & cabinet file certificate valid”, why?

Balaji

hi there simon.Plz help me.i am dying to play ps2 games on pc.i downloaded pcsx2 0.9.6 and bios from http://ps2amulaters.narod.ru/indexfiles/page0001.htm. i keep the bios files in a folder but when i select set bios directory and go to that folder where i kept the bios files but there its not showing the bios files .what should i do.PLZ tell me…

raul

hi simon the game works fine but in the middle of the game the game stopes and pop-up window says patches not found plz help me what should I do I realy want to play this game

Art

When ever i setup the controlls and apply them , closing the window , it ends up resetting so no buttons work in game. Any advice?

Gambit

Hey guys… i have all the bios files and all the other things i need to run a game.
But when i insert a PS2 disc, a dvd game, and then click the run CDVD option it tells me that i don t have the required bios file… help me out plz. Thanx.