PCSX2 Achieves Over 99% Compatibility With PlayStation 2’s Game Library

Preserving the legacy of the best-selling console of all time.

Story Highlights

  • PCSX2 has achieved a significant milestone, enabling playback of over 99% of the PS2’s game library.
  • 97.92% of titles are labeled as “playable,” while 1.23% achieve “perfect” emulation.
  • A new stable version is in the works, ensuring the emulator’s lasting success with PlayStation 2 classics.

The PCSX2 emulator for PlayStation 2 has achieved a new milestone as it can now play over 99% of the console’s vast library. According to the project’s website, the majority of PS2’s titles are now playable on the emulator which equals 97.92% while 1.23% of its games can be emulated perfectly. These two figures add up to a total of 99.15% of the best-selling console’s line-up that can now be played via emulation.

PCSX2 can now play over 99% of the PS2's vast library.
PCSX2 can now play over 99% of the PS2’s vast library.

To add some clarity, while the PCSX2 emulator can play virtually the entire library of PS2, only 1.23% of the “Perfect” games will be able to run without any sort of hiccups. The other 97.92% of “Playable” titles might see minor discrepancies at some point but are largely going to provide a seamless experience. Having said that, it’s still a phenomenal feat from an emulator considering the legacy of the PlayStation 2.

At the moment, the developers behind this project are working on a new stable version of PCSX2. Stable releases are few and far between but thoroughly tested. On the other hand, Nightly releases are launched whenever a change is made to the emulator to provide the latest experience albeit at the risk of buggy guests.

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PCSX2 was initially launched in 2002 when technology was limited in strength. Over two decades later, it’s achieved a new feat allowing players to experience the classics. Backward compatibility has been a hot topic when it comes to Sony given that the company doesn’t focus on it in the way that preserves its gaming history.

While the emulator may be able to run thousands of games, the demanding nature of emulation requires a modern mid-range to high-end system. However, this metric will largely be dependent on the game you wish to emulate.

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