You see, we wouldn’t really need an emulator for the PS2 if Sony didn’t half-bake backwards compatibility with PS3, killed it off, brought it back through HD re-masters and sneakily trying to bring back their entire catalog while charging us $10 on the PSN Store. The resilient PCSX2 emulator has finally come out of beta stages and the team behind the amazing emulator has released their first Public 1.0 version, completely free of course.
With this release brings a lot of changes, stability and bug fixes, tweaks and above all else compatibility with as many PS2 titles as possible — now counting at over 2,200 titles according to the PCSX2 official compatibility list.
Before getting your socks wet and dreaming of playing your favorite PS2 titles in full HD 1080p glory, do understand that a fairly beefy computer with some of the latest PC hardware is required to run the emulator properly. Although it differentiates on a game-by-game basis, you would want an Intel i3 2100 at least to run most games through the emulator. A graphics card of at least an Nvidia 550Ti (although the requirements as stated by the PCSX2 is only an 8800GT, it isn’t fast enough) and 4GB of DRAM.
If you’re ready to try out the emulator, PCSX2 has a fairly simple process on how to get it started over at their official website.
For now, you can check out some of the PS2 titles running in Full HD 1080p through the emulator over on the team’s Youtube channel.
Source via PCSX2