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    PS2 emulator - anyone know a good one?

    As the title suggests, anyone know of a decent PS2 emulator?
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    Steven, should you really be asking this on the forums? :O

    Also I heard psx2 is good, but i don't know this



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    Emulation is not illegal just so you know.

    Anyway PCSX2 is what I use myself. So far with my rig I am able to run almost every game I own flawlessly without any frame rate drops below 40FPS. There are some that have frame rate issues though but most seem fine.

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    PCSX2 is pretty sweet, it even makes your games full on 1080p if you wish.

    You can use your original disks with it too, but it's best to make an ISO and run from your hard drive.

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    I also use PCSX2. It works quite well.

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    It's not for me. I have a PS2
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    While my rig can emulate well, I'm more of a original hardware guy.

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    PCSX2 works great! If you have a powerful PC you can crank up the graphics and it will look really good on a modern display. Try playing your original PS2 on a modern 50" 1080p TV. It won't look good.

    The only issue is that it won't run perfect. And it can get really annoying when you run into minor bugs that interrupt the gameplay.
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    I was gonna search the forums for any emulator threads regarding ps1, because i'm curious to know if anyone have tried the ps1 emulator for puppy arcade linux.

    But it seems like the search term "emulator" is filtered/censored?
    I get no hits for searches in the forum on the search term "emulator".

    Last edited by turbolego; 08-05-2014 at 23:20. Reason: it was puppy arcade

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    Not an expert on this but I dont think emulators themselves are illegal, seen some freeware (is that the right word?) roms out there before but most games are copyrighted, thats where the law comes in.

    Think of it like this: You can buy blank CDs right? They're not illegal...its a different matter once you start downloading movies and burning them onto it.

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    Yeah emulation isn't illegal but downloading games is.

    Not sure about PS2 emulation scene but the GameCube and Wii has awesome amount of support through Dolphin

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    Friend of mine uses pse170 or something like that. Was trying to show me how it works but you have to mess around with all these settings . Just goes right over my head, much easier to just press the power button and put a disk into the cd tray.

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    I've never personally felt that a ps2 emulator was worth going through the trouble of downloading off shady sites, getting viruses etc, just to play ps2 games. A) You'll need an extremely fast PC for "good" PS2 emulation, probably a $2,000 system all told with DVD drives and what not added in. If you have a system like that, you'll spend most of your time playing stuff like Crysis 3 or The Witcher 2. You won't want to play pokey old games on that thing. B) You need to get disc images or actual games to play. Its illegal to download images, even if you own the software, plus you'll most likely get viruses, scammed etc from such sources. Alternately, if you have ps2 games, why not just play it on a ps2? C) PS2s are more common than dirt. I believe there is 1 American PS2 per 6 people in America,a as an example. That is a lot of hardware which is, lets face it, out of common use anymore. You can get a ps2 for cheap online.
    Honestly, if you want to play ps2 games, go out and buy a ps2. Better yet, get into the PS2 collecting scene. The stuff is dirt cheap, and its a lot of fun to check out all those old games you never played when you were younger.
    Remember, for legal emulation, you actually need to own the game itself, and even then, depending on local laws, it may not be legal. To achieve "good" emulation is quite difficult. Computers are only now able to achieve "good" (and by good I mean an accurate representation of the hardware) of the SNES, though there are still difficulties with that. The issue is though most games will work ok, a lot of stuff won't be as good, like the framerate, or controls for instance. You'll get lots of game breaking glitches, and compatibility won't be perfect.
    If you want to run the ps2 games in a higher resolution, you can buy something called an upscaler box. Basically it has a chip inside which kind of "fills in the blanks" and allows your game to run at 1080p. You can spend anywhere from $50 to thousands on these things, but they make a hell of a big difference. I use one for my NES on an LCD TV, and its like night and day, even with a 50 dollar box. They do give you a delay, but if you're on an LCD, you already have a delay, so it won't hurt as much as you might think.
    A third option is a launch PS3. These are expensive to get, but probably the best way to play ps2 games. Plus you get a ps3 with it
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    The PS1/2 emulators are nt very good in my experience, alot of the games I own do not work. They mostly seem bothered about getting final fantarcey working than supporting good games.

    My PS2 decided to stop working 10 years ago and I will be buggered if I am spending more money on one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The newbie View Post
    Think of it like this: You can buy blank CDs right? They're not illegal...its a different matter once you start downloading movies and burning them onto it.
    Why would you burn a movie onto a CD?
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    Quote Originally Posted by UCONN for life View Post
    I've never personally felt that a ps2 emulator was worth going through the trouble of downloading off shady sites, getting viruses etc, just to play ps2 games. A) You'll need an extremely fast PC for "good" PS2 emulation, probably a $2,000 system all told with DVD drives and what not added in. If you have a system like that, you'll spend most of your time playing stuff like Crysis 3 or The Witcher 2.
    My old PC only cost me 800 (about $1000 after TAX) and it could run PS2 games perfectly fine. Just because you have a powerful PC doesn't mean that you don't want to play older games. Hell the PC parts I'll be purchasing soon will be roughly ~$3000 and I'll still be playing emulated games on it. Getting PCSX2 is free and perfectly legal from the official site, just pop your disc in the drive and off you go. After their update from about February I was able to finally play Zone of the Enders 2 smoothly, all of my other games ran smoothly without a hitch. Why spend 100 on a PS2 when you don't need to spend a penny in the first place?

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