PCSX2 Emulator Setup Tutorial

Hey guys, and welcome to my tut.
In this tut I’m gonna show you how setup PCSX2 correctly.

What PCSX2 Needs

The first thing you wanna do, of course, is to download PCSX2. It can be found here. Either download the full installer or the online installer, it doesn’t matter.
But first, you must have downloaded/updated:

  • DirectX
  • VCRedist 2013
  • dotnet framwork(?)

After you have downloaded/updated those, it’s time for get the BIOS file. You need to extract the BIOS from your own PS2, so, if you don’t have a PS2, you can’t make PCSX2 work. Tuts on how to get your BIOS can be found here and here. The next thing to note is you need a powerful PC to run PCSX2 at full speed. You can see if your PC is good enough on here.
If you want to play games, you must have the games first right? This applies to PCSX2 as well. To play your game, pop in your PS2 disc to a DVD ROM. But it is strongly recommended to make the disc to an .ISO file using Imgburn. It will make your game much runs much faster. To the next part:

Configuring PCSX2

After you’ve reached the necessary parts, it’s time for configuring PCSX2. Open up PCSX2. It will show you the first time configuration wizard. On the first screen, choose your desired language. On the second screen, you will be configuring the plugins. Let’s explain them one by one.

  • GS – This here’s the main graphic system of the emulator. Choose the highest settings you can find in the drop-down, because it is based on your specs. My window have SSE2, SSSE3, SSE4.1, and AVX. AVX is only useful in software mode (will explain that later), so I choose SSE4.1.
    Now click configure. The first setting, Adapter, will be on Default Hardware Device. Change it to your GPU. Mine has AMD Radeon HD 7500M/7600M Series, so I chose that.
    Set Renderer to Direct3D11 (Hardware) (or D3d10, depending on your specs), and set Interlacing to Auto.
    On  D3D Internal Resolution, tick Original PS2 Resolution to Native. If you want to increase the resoulution (graphic quality), set it to 2x Native, 3X Native, etc on the Or Use Scaling drop-down.
    The next 3 settings are optional, but you can mess with them to achieve greater quality in graphics.
    Now, on Hardware Settings, set Texture Filtering to half, untick Allow 8-Bit Textures (needed for some games. But in most games it actually slows down), untick HW Hacks (You can mess with them if you like, but I’m not responsible for any damage caused), and finally untick Anisotropic Filtering (you can increase them if you like, though I don’t see the need of this IMO).
    Now for Software Settings, set Extra Rendering Threads to 3, 2, or 1 depending on your CPU’s threads.
  • PAD – This will be your pad plugin, where you will bind your keyboard, mouse, or controller to this plugin. Click on configure, and the next step self-explanatory.
  • SPU2- This will be the emulator’s sound plugin. Don’t change this. Now, click configure. You can experiment in here to achieve the sound you like. But first, on Output Settings, change Module from PortAudio to XAudio 2. On Synchronizing Mode, IMO this needs to be changed to Async Mix. But you can choose TimeStretch if the sounds don’t match the game.
  • CDVD – No need to change this.
  • USB – Same as above
  • FW – Same as above
  • DEV9 – Change this to DEV9 null driver or you can’t run games.

Now that we’ve covered that up, select next. The next screen will prompt you to choose the BIOS you’ve extracted from your PS2. Remember, you can’t make PCSX2 work without a BIOS! Click finish to end the wizard.

Now we’re at the main screen. Bur first click Emulation Settings under the Config tab.  Don’t change anything on the first three tab. On the GS Window tab, set them as you like. Onto the Speedhacks tab. To play safe, this was disabled on default. But if you feel your game is a little slow, you can enable this and experiment with it. Usually the recommended are safe, but you can increase the slider too. Now, we don’t need to change anything in the next tab, so click OK.

Back on the main screen, under CDVD tab, select your ISO on the ISO Selector drop-down. Now, hover on the System tab, then click Fast Boot or Full Boot. Full Boot shows the splash screen of the system, just like on the PS2. Whereas Fast Boot skips the splash screen. If you want to go to the browser menu to check your memcard, hover on the CDVD tab, tick No Disc, then click either Fast Boot or Full Boot. You will be on the Configuration Menu. Choose Browser. Easy? I don’t think so. But you’ll get used to it.

If you want to read the official Config Guide, click here.


Thank you for reading my PCSX2 Guide!
If you have a question, don’t be shy! Comment below!



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