How to Play PS2 Games on the PC

By James B. Jones

Updated September 22, 2017

Items you will need

  • PlayStation 2 Emulator

  • DVD-compatible disk drive

One of the biggest complaints about the PlayStation 3 is that newer models are incapable of playing PlayStation 2 titles. While you could always play PS2 games on older PS3 models or, shockingly enough, on an actual PlayStation 2, there is another method that involves emulation on your PC. Playing PS2 games on your PC is not a particularly difficult task, so long as your computer is capable of running the game itself.

Playing PS2 Games on PC

Download and Install a PlayStation 2 emulator on your computer. There are many different PS2 emulators available online, which you can find in the references section of this article.

Restart your computer. The fresh boot of your operating system will ensure that the emulator has installed properly, eliminating any problems you may face.

Insert your PlayStation 2 game disk into your computer's DVD-compatible disk drive. Allow the machine between fifteen and twenty seconds to read the disk and exit out of any menus that may open.

Open your PS2 emulator and select "Open" or "Open File, "depending on the emulator. From the menu, double-click your disk drive. The emulator will automatically recognize the disk and begin playback.


For best emulation, use discs with silver undersides. Discs with blue undersides can sometimes be difficult to read for a DVD laser.


If you have an older computer, PS2 emulators may not work properly, as PS2 games require a lot of graphics processing power.