PlayStation 2

PS2 Emulators

About the PlayStation 2 and PS2 Emulators

PlayStation 2 - PS2 Emulators - Console Pic The PlayStation 2 (PS2) is a sixth generation console and was Sony’s successor to there incredibly successful console the PlayStation 1 (PSX). The PS2 went on to be the biggest selling console of all time, selling an incredible 155 million units throughout its extended lifetime from the year to 2000 right up to 2013.

The PlayStation 2 went up against some of the stiffest competition in gaming history, as well as having to go up against surprise entry from software giant Microsoft. It competed against Sega’s final console entry, the SEGA Dreamcast, Nintendo’s GameCube and Microsoft Xbox.

A key feature to the PlayStation 2 was its ability to be fully backwards compatible with the PlayStation 1 (PSX) games, meaning a user who chose to buy the new console did not have to ditch there whole games library or retain the older console. This was in stark contrast to Son’ys competitors at the time, as a new console often meant all your games were rendered useless.  The PS2 also managed to retain support for the previous generations Dualshock controllers.

Emulation of the PS2 has been rather successful, largely in thanks to the PCSX2 emulation project. PCSX2 was originally started by the development team who made the PlayStation 1 (PSX) Emulator, PCSX. PCSX2 proved that emulation of the PS2 could be achieved , while its taken a few years emulation of the PS2 has matured extremely well, with almost every single game now being playable and enough knowledge of the PS2 is now known to be able to accurately emulate it while achieving great speed.

PS2 Emulators

PCSX2 is the best available PlayStation 2 emulator. It boasts a high level of compatibility and features support for many of the more unique features of the PS2.

Play! is a PS2 emulator that aims to emulate the PlayStation 2 to a high enough level that it would not need to rely on the PS2 BIOS to operate as other PlayStation 2 emulators do.

PS2emu is an experimental PlayStation 2 emulator that was used as a testbed for techniques to speed up PS2 emulation. This emulator cannot run any PS2 games and is no longer in development.

NeutrinoSX2 was one of the earliest open-source attempts to emulate the PlayStation 2 system. While unable to emulate commercial games, it helped create an understanding of how the PS2 could be emulated.

Miscellaneous PS2 Emulation Files

PS2 Bios Files – These PS2 Bios files allow emulators such as PCSX2 to successfully emulate commercial PS2 games and homebrew. Software and games developed for the PS2 seem to rely on the BIOS to actually be able to run.

PlayStation 2 Specifications

CPU Specifications

  • Processor: “Emotion Engine” (128-bit)
  • Processor Speed: 294.912 MHz (299 MHz on new versions)
  • Co-Processor: Floating -point unit (FPU) (32-bit)
  • Co-Processor Speed: 147.456  MHz
  • System Memory: 32 MB RDRAM
  • Extra Features: Compressed Image decoder for MPEG-2

GPU Specifications

  • Processor: “Graphics Synthesizer”
  • Processor Speed:147.456 MHz
  • Embedded VRAM: 4 MB
  • Resolution: 256 x 224 to 1280 x 1024
  • Pixel Pipelines: 16
  • Overall Pixel fillrate: 16 x 147 = 2.352 Gpxiel/s

Audio Specifications

  • Processor: “SPU+SPU2)
  • Processor Sped: 8 MHz
  • Sound Memory: 2 MB
  • Format: ADPCM
  • Channels: 48 hardware channels
  • Sample Frequency: 44.1 kHz or 48 kHz (selectable)

I/O Specifications

  • Processor: MIPS R3000A (Original Playstation CPU)
  • Processor Speed: 33.8688 MHz (For backwards compatability)
  • I/O Memory: 2 MB
  • Sub Bus: 32-bit