Today folks I am going to teach you about emulation of the Sony Playstation 2 on your trusty computer. That’s right! The pig is blowing the lid off this fiddle dee dee techy talk that loses and confuses so many people simply trying to play their old but much loved Sony Playstation 2 games.
You are probably like me in that I own a Sony Playstation 3 and a Sony Playstation 4 but I have still yet to see many of the classic and unique Playstation 2 games make it to these new updated platforms. So lets not wait around for them to sell us HD remakes. Let’s make them ourselves!
Please note I am not telling you in any way to torrent iso disk images or use other people’s BIOS files. The safest thing to do is own these products yourself plus the fact is most of this stuff is on EBay and very very cheap. So do yourself a huge favor and stay away from the torrents. Collect the old game systems and game disks and give them love.
In fact following along with this little tutorial here will get those same old Playstation 2 games not only playing on your gaming computer but with bright shiny new upgraded graphics too! How’s them apples?
So lets start the basic problem of getting a PCSX2 emulator working on your computer with a list of all the things you will need to track down on Amazon and around the web.
Nero Burning ROM (Much like Microsoft Office I always recommend having a copy around for such occasions.)
Swap Magic 3 (From G Dreamer on Amazon. You want the DVD labeled disk from this two disk set.)
Any cheap 1 – 4 gig usb flash drive (The scripts and OS use old drivers so no huge gig drives please)
Your ancient Sony Playstation 2 (fat or slim)
Your old Playstation 2 Games collection
The latest version of PCSX2
PCSX2 BIOS Dumper version 2.0
PCSX2 Widescreen Game Patches
OK first things first you need the BIOS from your old PS2.
Format the 1-4 gig USB flash drive fat32
Create a folder on root called SWAPMAGIC
Under the SWAPMAGIC folder place the PS2DUMPER.ELF file from the PCSX2 BIOS Dumper package
Just the PS2DUMPER.ELF file is all you need
Now rename the PS2DUMPER.ELF file to SWAPMAGIC.ELF
1. Take the Swap Magic disk labeled DVD and put it in your hooked up old Sony Playstation2.
2. Insert the USB flash drive you just created with the files you need.
3. Turn on the Sony Playstation 2. You should see the Swap Magic load then suddenly a screen filled terminal window with lots of numbers showing the BIOS being copied.
4. When it says DONE at the bottom of the screen turn the Sony Playstation 2 off and remove the Swapmagic DVD and the flash drive.
Install PCSX2 on your computer and get ready for the next series of steps.
Burn an ISO image of one of your old Playstation 2 games.
1. Place the Playstation 2 game in your computer and close any popups that show up.
2. Start Nero and select Nero Express
3. Select Image, Project, Copy
4. Select Copy DIsc
5. Select the DVD drive as Source Drive
6. Select Image Recorder as your destination
7. Click the Copy button at the bottom
8. Wait a second a popup window should come up and ask you where you want the file
9. Select the folder, type the name, and change the default nrg file format to iso
On your flash drive you should see the ELF file and a dat file but you need the five files it created with the ending of ROM0 ROM1 NVM DIFF INF with some huge serial number at the beginning. Now you need to rename these. Delete the . and stick it on the end with the file format BIN so your original file SCPH-XXXXXXXXX.ROM0 needs to look like SCPH-XXXXXX-ROM0.BIN or SCPH-XXXXXX-ROM1.BIN
Stick those files in your install of PCSX2 under a new folder labeled BIOS.
Stick the iso file you created using Nero Burning ROM in another folder you created called GAMES
Stick Widescreen Game Patches archive (All those pnach files) under the Cheats folder while you are there.
Remember all the files need to be in the folders I have named not in sub folders under them. It’s messy and disorganized but it works this way.
So now we have the BIOS files in there and the game iso file and the PCSX2 emulator
When you start PCSX2 it will show you this screen just select what I have here…
The next screen will want you to point it at the BIOS folder.
To test and see if all this crap works go to the CDVD tab and select iso and browse for the GAMES folder you created. Then select the iso file.
Next go to the first tab System and boot the iso file.
You should see something like this…
OK that should have got you up and running at least. The next post I will go over my graphics settings in detail to steer you towards upgraded graphics nirvana.
The Sony Playstation 2 is dead. Long live the Sony Playstation 2! Let’s emulate it and make it even better.