With total sales of over 156 million units, You can’t argue that Sony’s PlayStation 2 holds the crown for one of the biggest selling games consoles ever. Now 2 generations behind the console, it’s at the point where it’s still available to buy used but not quite ready for the ‘Retro Category’. Not reaching it’s 20 year launch anniversary yet, Production only stopped in 2013.
The massive library of games is still available to buy dirt cheap and easy to pick up second hand from places like ebay, CEX or car boots. With massive selling games availible such as:
Gtrand Theft Auto: III, San Andreas & Vice City
Gran Turismo 3 & 4
Final Fantasy X
Metal Gear Solid 2
Step In PCSX2
Keeping the console from forever slipping into the past. PCSX2 tries to replicate the Playstation 2 console to enable you to play PS2 games on your PC, witha twist. Providing advantages over the actual console:
- Custom resolutions, up to 4096×4096, Anti Aliasing and Texture filtering to make your old PS2 games look better than their HD remakes!
- Unlimited memory cards
- Save states, enabling you to quick save and load practically anywhere in your game
- Easy cheating using our pnach patching system
- Use any controller (PS3, Xbox360 etc) that works on Windows, keyboards and mice
- Increase or decrease the game speed by using the built-in frame-limiter for fast grinding or passing hard spots by slowing them down
- Ability to record in full HD with the built-in video recorder (F12 using the GSdx plugin)
PCSX2 can be installed from either PPA or via flatpak (recommended)
To Install via PPA, open a terminal and type:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gregory-hainaut/pcsx2.official.ppa
sudo apt-getinstall pcsx2
To Install via Flatpak
Install flatpak applications On Ubuntu 18.04. To enable flatpak on your system. Vist the Flathub store here and click on install and open the downloaded file. This opens gnome software center, and gives the option button to install.
Opening the app will start the configuration wizard to guide you through setting up.
The only hurdle to installing is a BIOS, legally one cannot be shipped with the application or downloaded from anywhere. It must be obtained from a PS2 that you legally own (As noted earlier currently cheap to purchase, if you don’t own one) There are guides and tools on the PCSX2 website to help with this.
Games consoles thrive and then fade when newer generations are released. The big surge in ‘mini’ games consoles currently happening such as snes, megadrive and the upcoming PSOne offer restricted game access. Emulators like PCSX2 take the original consoles, keep them alive and enhance their abilities without restricting the content playable.
Fond memories of the console or an awesome game to run in the emulator? Let us know in the comments.