How to Play PS2 Games Using PCSX2

By Dustin Thornton

Updated September 22, 2017

Items you will need

  • PCSX2 BIOS dumper file

  • Disc image burning software

  • PlayStation 2

  • Flash drive

  • Blank CD

  • PCSX2 emulator

  • PlayStation 2 game disc

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An emulator is a program that allows you to play console video games on your PC. The PCSX2 emulator allows you to play PlayStation 2 games. In order to use the PCSX2 emulator you must extract a PS2 BIOS file from your legally obtained PS2 system, install and configure the PCSX2 emulator software, and then load a PlayStation 2 game from your optical drive. This process requires that you own a PS2 system, as well as any games you want to play on the emulator.

Dumping PlayStation 2 BIOS

Download the PCSX2 BIOS dumper file (see Resources). Save it to your desktop.

Right-click the file, and select "Extract All." Click "Browse," and navigate to your desktop. Click "Extract" to unzip the folder.

Open your disc image burning software, and create a CD with the extracted "[]dumpbios-mass.iso" image file on it.

Insert a blank flash drive with at least 512MB of space in the USB port on your PlayStation 2.

Insert the disc containing the BIOS dumper file into your PlayStation 2, and start the system. The system will automatically dump the BIOS file and save it to the flash drive. Wait until "DUMPING NVM completed" displays on the screen.

Turn the system off, and remove the flash drive. Plug the flash drive into an available USB port on your computer.

Install PCSX2 emulator

Download the PCSX2 full installer (see Resources). Save it to your desktop.

Right-click the file and select "Extract All." Click "Browse" and navigate to your desktop. Click "Extract" to unzip the folder.

Double-click on the file folder to open it. Locate the "pcsx2-r3878.exe" file within the folder. Double-click the file to initiate the installer. The PCSX2 installation wizard will begin.

Click the "Select a language" drop-down menu, and select your language. Leave all other settings on the default values, and click "Next." A dialog box will appear.

Click "Create" to give PCSX2 permission to create a new folder to save the emulator files. The installer will create the necessary file folders.

Click "Next" again. Uncheck the "Use default setting" box. Then click "Browse," and navigate to the PS2 BIOS file you saved to the flash drive. Click "OK;" then click "Refresh." The BIOS file will appear in the "Select a BIOS ROM" list. Highlight the BIOS file.

Click "Finish" to complete the PCSX2 installation.

Play PS2 Game Using Emulator

Double-click the PCSX2 emulator file on your desktop to start the emulator.

Open your optical drive and insert a Sony PlayStation 2 game disc.

Click "File" and select "Run CD/DVD" to load the game into your PCSX2 emulator.