How to Play PS2 NTSC Games on a PC


Some computer owners are always looking for ways to make their computers more versatile. One of the ways computer owners--especially if they are gamers--can upgrade their machines is by making them able to play certain console video games--in this case, the PlayStation 2. Ordinarily, it would be impossible for a computer to play PS2 games because of the hardware difference between the two systems. However, through the use of a program called an emulator, it is now possible to play a PS2 game on your PC.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer with Internet connection
  • Download the emulator called PCSX2 from the link in Resources.

  • Launch the PCSX2 installation file once it has finished downloading, then follow the on-screen instructions to install PCSX2 onto your computer.

  • Launch the PCSX2.exe file. This will start the PCSX2 emulator.

  • Insert your PS2 game disc into your computer's CD drive, then click the "File" menu button in the PCSX2 window.

  • Click "Run CD/DVD" and select the drive containing your PS2 game disc. PCSX2 will now launch your PS2 game.

Tips & Warnings

  • If PCSX2 does not work immediately--or seems glitchy as you play it--you may need to tweak the settings. For detailed instructions on how to do this--and it will be different for every machine--refer to the guide listed in the References section.
  • You may also need to download a PS2 BIOS and place it into the "BIOS" folder in your PCSX2 folder. This can be downloaded from the link in the Resources section.

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